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Obscure Beauty Contests from the Past

Vintage beauty contests

Boy have there been some strange beauty contests over the years! These photos include the contestants for ‘Miss Psywar’ (doesn’t that stand for Phsychological Warfare…?), ‘Miss War Worker’ and ‘Miss Bobbed Hair 1925’…

Above: Contestants for the U.S. Navy ‘Miss 50 Years of Naval Aviation’ pose in front of a North American A3J-1 Vigilante at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida (USA), in 1961.

Vintage beauty contests

Miss War Worker Beauty Contest 1942, Canadian National Exhibition Grandstand : contestants are grouped by employer. Toronto, Canada.

Vintage beauty contests

Four contestants of the Halloween Slick Chick beauty contest in Anaheim, Calif., 1947

Vintage beauty contests

Winner and contestants in the bobbed-hair contest: Coral Gables, Florida 1925

Vintage beauty contests

Contestants in Miss Psywar contest c. 1930

Vintage beauty contests

Bathing beauty contest at Schafer Brothers Logging Company annual picnic, Schafer State Park, August 14, 1927

Vintage beauty contests

The 1952 Miss Shrewsbury Competition

Vintage beauty contests

Photograph of Miss Archives Contest in the Auditorium, 1966

Vintage beauty contests

Sun Girl Quest place getters posing at Suttons Beach, 1953

 

Shirley Temple look-alikes, Newtown, 2 October 1934

Nine girls in a Fox Films and Daily Telegraph Shirley Temple look-alike contest 1934

Image source and copyright: 1, This Canadian work is in the public domain in Canada because its copyright has expired  2, This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1963 and although there may or may not have been a copyright notice, the copyright was not renewed3, This image is a work of a U.S. military or Department of Defense employee, taken or made as part of that person’s official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, No known copyright restrictions

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