Item: Trail-Breaking Beauties of Yesteryear

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Record Number: 9937
Call number: V7: 1422
Folder Number: 1422
Address: Atlantic City NJ
Date of View: September 1921
Date of Item: August 30 1946
View Format: Photograph › Gelatin Silver Print
Image description: Photograph of contestants at the first Miss America pageant in September 1921.  The brainchild of the Businessmen's League of Atlantic City, the Miss America pageant was originally an "Inter-City Beauty" contest consisting of a popularity and beauty contest.  On September 8, 1921, spectators turned out on the Atlantic City boardwalk to see sixteen-year-old Margaret Gorman of Washington, D.C. crowned the "Most Beautiful Bathing Girl in America" and awarded the title of the "Golden Mermaid."

From original image caption: "These eight girls helped start the Atlantic City Beauty Pageant rolling away back in September, 1921.  The girl on the right was Nellie Orr, as Miss Philadelphia.  Third from the left is Miss Camden, and then Miss New York, Miss Ocean City, Miss Harrisburg and Miss Atlantic City."