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Mind Boggling Pageants From The 50s And 60s That Really Happened



weirdbeautypageantsI recall driving through Western Canada and entering a very small town. Just on the outskirts of town was a billboard that said, “Home of the 1964 Calf Raising Queen, (or something like that), and I thought who would enter THAT beauty contest?

We’ve all heard of the Miss America and Miss Universe pageant. Below you will find examples of some very strange beauty contests and the winners from various years though the 50s and 60s. Enjoy!

 

#1. Julie Meade was crowned “Mink Queen” when she won this 1960 pageant sponsored by the West Side Fur Company

Nick Peterson/ New York Daily News

Nick Peterson/ New York Daily News

#2. Posing for her photo in a bathtub full of blueberries in the Hotel Roosevelt is 1955 pageant winner the “Blueberry Queen.”

Hal Mathewson/ New York Daily News

Hal Mathewson/ New York Daily News



#3. Cindy Carol won the title of ‘Queen of the Anti-Triskaidekaphobia,’ which stands for “the fear of the number 13”

Jack Tresilian/ New York Daily News

Jack Tresilian/ New York Daily News

 

#4. 1964 winner posing with a toucan and a lamb. 21 year old Sunny Austin won the “Queen of the Pet Festival’ pageant.

John Peodincuk / New York Daily News

John Peodincuk / New York Daily News

 

#5. In 1957 Joy Harman was awarded the title of “New York City Donut Queen”. She was 19 in this photo.

Evelyn Straus / New York Daily News

Evelyn Straus / New York Daily News

Most of these pageants are sponsored by businesses that use the pageants to promote their product.

#6. The 1952 “Sweater Queen” was Jeanne Davis as judged by The Wool Bureau and National Knitted Outerwear Foundation.

Hank Olen / New York Daily News

Hank Olen / New York Daily News

#7. She won the 1954 title of “Miss Magic Marker”! This was long before Eminem meant something else.

Vintage Everyday

Vintage Everyday

#8. This is the 1967 winner of the” Outdoor Health Queen”, Darlene Larsen. (this pose doesn’t look healthy)

John Tresilian / New York Daily News

John Tresilian / New York Daily News

#9. The 22 year old “Queen of the Village” (Greenwich Village). This is Eva Sloan.

John Peodincuk / New York Daily News

John Peodincuk / New York Daily News

#10. The 1955 “Sausage Queen” crowned during National Hot Dog Week, sponsored by the Zion Meat Company.

Vintage Everyday

Vintage Everyday

#11. This is “Miss National Catfish Queen” in 1954. Gail Hooper is holding a 56lb fish and is 18 years old in this photo.

Al Pucci / New York Daily News

Al Pucci / New York Daily News

 And just when you thought it couldn’t get any weirder……

 

#12. The three finalist for the 1956 ‘Miss Correct Posture’ crown.

Vintage Everyday

Vintage Everyday

 

#13. The 1957 winner of the “Miss Atomic Bomb” crown.

Vintage Everyday

Vintage Everyday

 

#14. 1965 pageant winner of the “May Wine Queen” was Paula Wayne.

Frank Hurley / New York Daily News

Frank Hurley / New York Daily News

#15. Crowned ‘Queen of the Circus’ in 1959 at Palisades Park is the lovely Jacqueline Petite.

Phil Greitzer / New York Daily News

Phil Greitzer / New York Daily News

 

#16. In a pageant designed to promote a better national sense of humor Kathleen Townsend was crowned ‘Laugh Queen’ in 1961. The contest was held on April Fools Day

Tom Watson / New York Daily News

Tom Watson / New York Daily News

 

Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up! We hope you enjoyed this gallery of pageant winners. We are searching for more and hope to provide an update soon.

 


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