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Miss America beauty pageants 1924-1939

Miss America beauty pageants 1924-1939

Miss America beauty pageants 1924-1939

Miss America beauty pageants 1924-1939

According to statistics, beauty contests in the United States stopped only in 1929, 1930, 1931, 1931, and 1934. Miss America 1924, the 4th Miss America pageant, took place at the Million Dollar Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 6, 1924. Mary Katherine Campbell, who was Miss America 1922 and Miss America 1923, became the 1st Runner-up. Pageant officials later instituted a rule allowing competitors to be crowned only once. Ruth Malcomson competing as Miss Philadelphia was named Miss America of 1924 among the 83 contestants. And that was the largest number of contestants in Miss America history.

Miss America 1925. Miss America beauty pageants

Fay Elinora Lanphier (12 December 1905 – June 21, 1959), a model, Miss California 1924 and Miss America 1925. Miss America beauty pageants

Miss America 1925, the 5th Miss America pageant, was held at the Million Dollar Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 11, 1925. Entrants from the West Coast, Miss California, Fay Lanphier from Oakland, and Miss Los Angeles, Adrienne Dore, captured the top two awards. The newly crowned beauty queen was a runner-up in the 1924 competition. Lanphier was also the first Miss America crowned representing an entire state.

Miss New York congratulates Miss California on Miss America. United States, 1925

New York beauty queen congratulates Miss California on Miss America. United States, 1925

In selecting the new Miss America 1926, it was the opinion of the judges that not only did the winner, Norma Smallwood, Miss Tulsa, have an excellent figure but also possessed a smile like that of Mona Lisa. Smallwood was the first Miss America to also win the award for “the most beautiful girl in evening gown” at the highly promoted National Beauty Tournament held during pageant week of the twenties.

Norma Descygne Smallwood

Norma Descygne Smallwood

Norma Descygne Smallwood (May 12, 1909 – May 8, 1966) captured first place in both the bather’s review and the evening gown contest and the following evening was crowned Miss America 1926. Smallwood was a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma who earned the Miss Tulsa title and graduated from high school at age 16. She was a student at the Oklahoma College for Women when she competed for Miss America.

Marian Bergeron (May 3, 1918 – October 22, 2002), Miss America in 1933.

Marian Bergeron (May 3, 1918 – October 22, 2002), Miss America in 1933.

Miss America 1933, the 8th Miss America pageant was held at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 9, 1933. This was the first competition since postponing the event after the 1927 contest. Marian Bergeron, Miss Connecticut, was chosen Miss America but there was so much confusion during and after the vote tabulations that nobody informed Marian she had won. She was unaware of her victory until the dressing assistants placed the banner on her.

Henrietta Leaver (March 28, 1916 – September 18, 1993), Miss Pittsburgh, was crowned Miss America on September 7, 1935 at Atlantic City, New Jersey. She was 19 years old.

Henrietta Leaver (March 28, 1916 – September 18, 1993), Miss Pittsburgh, was crowned Miss America on September 7, 1935 at Atlantic City, New Jersey. She was 19 years old.

Miss America 1935, the 9th Miss America pageant, took place at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 7, 1935, following a one year hiatus. Upon arrival in Atlantic City contestants were strongly encouraged to exhibit some form of talent during the pageant, the first time for this event. Aside from Henrietta Leaver, Miss Pittsburgh winning the Miss America crown, entrants from Pennsylvania placed as three of the nine semi-finalists.

The pageant was financially unsuccessful and would not return the following year. 1935 would be the next time a Miss America Pageant would be held in Atlantic City.

Miss America 1939

Crowned Miss America 1939

Miss America 1939, the 13th Miss America pageant, was the last pageant to be held at the famed Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The finals were held on September 9, 1939 and Patricia Donnelly, Miss Michigan, was crowned Miss America 1939. The Miss Congeniality Award was also introduced at the competition in 1939.

Miss America beauty pageants 1924-1939

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