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Ziegfeld Follies photographer Alfred Cheney Johnston as a beauty pageant judge

Miss America contestants 1949...  I wish the pageant still had integrity.

Miss America 1949 contestants. My high school choir teacher, Esther Green, competed as Miss South Carolina during this pageant.

1930’s Beauty Pagent Contestants

Dress as Beauty Pageant Winners. Thrift Store Dresses, Crowns, and Sashes for Miss Understood, Miss Adventure, Miss Behave. Cute girls night in party theme :)

1952 press photo of Miss America 1953 bathingsuit. Text on photo includes: Win Preliminary Contests: Miss District of Columbia, Iris Anne Fitch, winner of the talent preliminary in the Miss America pageant, is flanked by Miss Alabama, Gwen Harmon, of Birmingham, and Miss California, Jeanne Shores of Azusa, who tied for first place in the bathing suit preliminaries here last night. Photo is dated: 9-4-1952

1952 press photo of Miss America 1953 bathingsuit. Text on photo includes: Win Preliminary Contests: Miss District of Columbia, Iris Anne Fitch, winner of the talent preliminary in the Miss America pageant, is flanked by Miss Alabama, Gwen Harmon, of Birmingham, and Miss California, Jeanne Shores of Azusa, who tied for first place in the bathing suit preliminaries here last night. Photo is dated: 9-4-1952

Lee Meriwether, Miss California, 1954 (later to become Miss America)

Lee Meriwether, Miss California (soon to be Miss America and a television actress). Miss USA year I was born.

1953 Miss America Pageant press photo - Text on photo includes: Miss Delaware (Lois Ann Alava of Wilmington), left, and Miss California (Patricia Ann Johns of Fresno) are shown with their trophies shortly after they were announced as winners in the third preliminary of the Miss America Pageant tonight. Lois won in the talent division for her piano playing. Patricia took the swim suit competition.

1953 press photo Miss America Lois Alava Patricia Johns

1953 Miss America Pageant press photo - Text on photo includes: Miss Delaware (Lois Ann Alava of Wilmington), left, and Miss California (Patricia Ann Johns of Fresno) are shown with their trophies shortly after they were announced as winners in the third preliminary of the Miss America Pageant tonight. Lois won in the talent division for her piano playing. Patricia took the swim suit competition.

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