National Geographic : 1952 Apr
O National Geographic Seciety + Russell Celebrates Its Beginnings by Reverting to Old-time Dress Every ten years the Kansas town stages a festival which it calls a "Prairiesta." Wives put on sunbonnets; little girls wear long skirts. The hand-embroidered German costume in center is 150 years old. Ostrich plumes adorn the beaver hat at right. l itagllrilotll s Iby . 1 ohn . I.'let'll + Weeks of Beard Culture Bring Back the Razor-shy Days of Old Russell men attending the Prairiesta must grow beards or pay $10 fines. Barbers get a rush of busi ness when the celebration ends. Edward F. Arn, the clean-shaven Governor of Kansas, here makes a "be fore-and-after" contrast with his whiskery companions.