Photographic Archive of Beauty Pageant Contestants of the Pacific Northwest, ca 1961-65. PHOTOGRAPHY - BEAUTY PAGEANTS / SEAPLANES - PACIFIC NORTHWEST.

Photographic Archive of Beauty Pageant Contestants of the Pacific Northwest, ca 1961-65

Seattle: v.p., ca. 1961-1965. The Miss America contest, first formed in 1921 to lure tourists to Atlantic City, expanded its parameters by the post-World War II years to include both a talent and ball gown portion to the competition, ostensibly legitimizing the event from just a bathing suit contest for the benefit of lecherous businessmen on holiday. Between 1951 and 1960, the beauty pageant franchise expanded its reaches with Miss World (1951), Miss Universe (1952), and Miss International (1960), many of which banned bikinis due to Catholic protests. With the growing popularity of high-profile contests came the spread of the regional and state beauty pageants, exemplified here by the hundred or so regional contest winners hailing from just the Pacific Northwest. Despite the prolific presence of the beauty queen which exists to this day, we find little research has been made on the history of the regional beauty pageant: most of what has been written is based on the Miss America level of competition and the controversy of the bathing suit contest. Collection of 141 photographs, including 132 large-format press photographs (20.5x25cm. or the inverse) and 9 smaller personal snapshots (ca. 9x6cm to 12.75x17.75cm.); some minor wear to a few photographs, with at least one instance of tape repair and a couple of closed tears, else a Very Good to Fine collection. Comprised of photographs taken by the following companies: Greater Seattle News Bureau (49); Forde Photographer (Seattle) (48); Camera Craft (Seattle) (16); Phil H. Webber (Seattle?) (4); Dudley, Hardin & Yang (Seattle) (3); and Ackroyd (Portland) (2). Location appears to be chiefly at Bryant's Marina in Seattle, possibly an excursion on the occasion of the Miss Pacific Northwest Pageant, with almost all the photographs showing a group of three women in their sashes accompanied by their seaplane captain. Depicts more than a hundred young women who have won a local beauty pageant, from Washington, Oregon, Alaska, British Columbia, and at least one contestant from Idaho. Presumably taken over the course of several years, as different women appear with sashes for the same contests (Port Angeles, Sedro Woolley (a local high school), Juneau, Ellensburg Rodeo, Anchorage, Poulsbo, etc.). Includes photographs of future Miss Washington Kippy Lou Brinkman (1965), Miss Canada Linda Douma (1965), and Miss Alaska Teresa Hanson (1961).

Price: $750.00

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