In today’s world, the schoolteachers who are appreciated by society are—we hope—those who inspire children to learn and whose classrooms will long be remembered by their students as the places where education came alive. In 1953, those things were important too. But, judging by this LIFE story from that February, skill wasn’t all. Nell Owen…

via When Schoolteachers Could Win Prizes for Being ‘Prettiest’ — Newsfeed – TIME