Here is a good shot of that pedestal.
So, you think a pudgy, middle-aged woman climbed up on there? How? You'd pretty much have to crawl up there. Get your clothes all dirty. And then once you got up there, how boisterous do you think you would be? As boisterous as this?
Maybe if you had a lot of practice, you might get used to it. But, the first time? I think you'd stay in your comfort zone, more like Toni did 50 years later. And look at it again, and notice how high the persons would be standing up on that pedestal, towering over those below.
If you're 6 foot, you're rather tall. If you're 5'6", as I am, you're rather short. But just think: there's only 6 inches between the two. I can easily span my thumb and index finger 6 inches.
That came out a little blurry because I held the camera and pressed the shutter with one hand, my left hand, and I'm right-handed. But, you get the idea.
So, unless the people standing on the sidewalk in front of Toni and her mother were the Dallas Mavericks, they (Toni and her mother) would have towered over them.
They are on the ground there, and I must admit that until recently, I did not know that anybody thought otherwise. I have been looking at that picture for years, and it never even occurred to me that anyone was claiming that they were standing on a tall pedestal. It is completely and totally ridiculous. They are obviously and definitely standing on the grass. It was my immediate impression from the first time I saw it. And I have no doubt that if we showed it to 100 unprepped subjects and asked them to describe what was going on, that most likely 0 out of a 100 would say that they are standing on a pedestal.