24 Strange Beauty Queens and Pageants from the Past
It’s not clear when exactly humans began to worship beauty, but it’s pretty sure that the idea has been around for a long time, judging from the way some goddesses are represented in mythology.
Beauty pageants are another way of worshipping beauty at the altar of the ramp. However, there are certain pageants that puts a spin on the more conventional varieties. Check out these 24 most bizarre beauty pageant queens of all time.
1. Miss Radio Queen, 1939
2. Miss Sausage Queen, 1955
Sponsored by the Zion Meat Company during National Hot Dog Week.
3. Miss Sweater Queen, 1952
4. Miss Queen of Cuisine, 1964
5. International Posture Queen, 1957
6. Miss Indoor Health Queen, 1967
7. Miss Orange Queen, ca. 1930s
8. National Catfish Queen, 1954
9. Miss Magic Marker, 1954
10. Donut Queen, 1948
11. Miss Lovely Eyes Contest, ca. 1930s
12. Miss Hurst, ca. 1970s
13. Miss Correct Posture, 1956
14. Miss Bobbed Hair, 1925
15. The Most Beautiful Ape Contest, 1972
Gary Owens on stage with contestants in the Most Beautiful Ape contest, Century City, California, 1972. Dominique Green, contestant No. 2, won title of Most Beautiful Ape and a role in Battle for the Planet of the Apes.
16. Miss Atomic Bomb, 1957
17. Miss Mink, 1960
18. Miss Lemon, 1920
19. Miss National Laugh Queen, 1961
20. Miss Frankfurter Queen, 1952
21. Miss Diaper Queen, 1947
Betty Barrett crowned Miss Diaper Queen, Chicago, 1947.
25 Vintage Photos Show Beautiful Flight Attendant Uniforms From Between the 1930s and 1970s
Uniforms were mandatory from the get-go, with the first flight attendants in the 1930s wearing reassuringly nurse-like kit to inspire confidence in plane passengers.
Since then, uniforms over the years have woven together aviation history and vintage fashion, with female attendants regularly being at the forefront of popular imagination.
Some uniforms were impractical, but memorable. Here, a collection of 25 amazing vintage photos that show beautiful flight attendant uniforms from between the 1930s and 1970s.
The airline industry's first stewardesses ready for inspection for Boeing Air Transport, 1930.
Transcontinental & Western Air (TWA) uniforms, 1939.
United Airlines uniforms, 1939
Stewards serving passengers on board an airplane, circa 1945.
BOAC breakfast crockery, including egg cup, 1940s.
A male flight attendant walks with his arms linked with two female flight attendants in front of a small plane in the 1940s.
In 1956, five sets of stewardess twins make good publicity material for TWA. They are, front row from left to right, Jean and June Manby, Marilyn and Marlene Nagel, Phyllis and Mary Lous Jibbes and back row, Ruth and Pat Zimmerman and Rose and Victoria Lewis.
In the ’50s, flight attendants donned crisp collars and white gloves, with perfect coifs under their caps, 1956.
Japan Airlines stewardesses dressed in navy suits, c.1958, designed by Mohei Ito. In 1960, Ito shortened the skirts to just above the knee and added gold buttons.
Pan American uniforms by Don Loper, 1959. Pan Am, as it was usually called, presented their flight attendants as examples of femininity and elegance. It's no wonder the uniforms remain highly collectible even today.
Air hostesses Penny Gillard and Jackie Bowyer prepare to board a BEA passenger plane for Paris, 1963.
Braniff International uniforms by Emilio Pucci, 1965.
A United Airlines stewardess chats to a passenger in a simulated cabin of a Douglas DC-10, 1968.
United Airlines uniforms by Jean Louis, 1968.
Air hostesses in shorter skirts at a London airport pose in 1969.
Icelandic Air stewardesses pose with a model Douglas DC-8, 1960s.
The first UK-based non-white stewardesses to be employed by an independent airline received their 'wings' at the London offices of British Midland Airways in 1970. From left: Innez Matthews, Irma Reid and Cindy Medford.
Stewardess Aban Mistry models the Air-India uniform next to the Taj Mahalian decor of an Air-India 'Jumbo Jet', 1971. The short salwar kameez was both culturally appropriate and practical for serving in the cabin. The elegant dupatta scarf added an extra flourish.
A uniform for TWA stewardesses from 1971 was made up of "mini-pants" worn with a safari shirt dress.
BEA's popular uniforms, designed by Sir Hardy Amies, 1972.
Stewardesses from a plane hijacked during a San Francisco-to-Los Angeles flight and forced to fly to Cuba on Jan. 8, 1972, left the plane as they arrived in Miami a day earlier.
In stark contrast to the propriety (often to the point of prudishness) shown by most airlines to that date, in 1973 Southwest Airlines threw caution to the winds with its stewardess uniform. 'The girls must be able to wear kinky leather boots and hot pants or they don't get the job,' said the airline's male bosses.
Models (from left) Myrtle Winston, Diane Edmunds, Sonia Pugin and Chris Harris modelling the various styles of new uniform for British Airways female staff, in London, England, United Kingdom, 25 May 1977.
Middle East meets West in the 1970s with Gulf Air's adaptation of the Muslim headdress; legs are covered by smart trousers. The uniform was originally designed by Joy Stokes.
American Airlines stewardesses face the press in the mid-1970s.
Armless and Legless Men Riding a Tandem, ca. 1890s
Charles B. Tripp, the armless man and Eli Bowen, the legless man, riding a tandem. ca. 1890s. While the pair posed for promotional photographs one of them spotted a tandem bicycle. In no time at all the two gents not only mounted the bicycle-built-for-two, but rode off together laughing as boys would. The photographer quickly snapped the pair mid-ride and the resulting surreal photograph still draws perplexed smiles.
Charles Tripp and Eli Bowen riding a tandem bicycle, circa 1890s.
Charles B. Tripp - The Armless Wonder
Charles B. Tripp (1855-1930) was a Canadian-American artist and sideshow performer known as the "Armless Wonder".
A native of Woodstock, Ontario, Tripp was born without arms, but learned to use his legs and feet to perform everyday tasks. He was a skilled carpenter and calligrapher and started supporting his mother and sister when he was a teenager. In 1872, Tripp visited P. T. Barnum in New York City and was quickly hired to work for Barnum's Great Traveling World's Fair. He worked for Barnum (and later James Anthony Bailey) for twenty-three years, then toured for the Ringling brothers for twelve years.
On stage, Tripp cultivated a gentlemanly persona and exhibited his skills in carpentry and penmanship. He also cut paper, took photographs, shaved, and painted portraits. For extra income, he signed promotional pictures of himself with his feet. Tripp often appeared in photographs with Eli Bowen, a "legless wonder" from Ohio. In the photographs, the two rode a tandem bicycle, with Tripp pedalling and Bowen steering.
By the 1910s, Tripp was no longer drawing large crowds for the major circuses, so he joined the traveling carnival circuit. He was accompanied by his wife, Mae, who sold tickets for midway attractions. Tripp died of pneumonia (or asthma) in Salisbury, North Carolina, where he had been wintering for several years. He was buried in Olney, Illinois.
Eli Bowen - The Handsomest Man in Showbiz
Eli Bowen (1844-1924) was an American sideshow performer known as "The Legless Wonder", or "The Legless Acrobat". He was also billed as "The Handsomest Man in Showbiz" and the "Wonder of the Wide, Wide World". He was born with his feet attached to his pelvis (without leg bones). One of ten normal children, Eli learned to use wooden blocks in his palms as ‘shoes' thus elevating his torso in order to walk on his hands.
He started his professional career at the age of 13 in various wagon shows before eventually touring independently, performing in dime museums and finally touring Europe with Barnum and Bailey Circus.
He established a reputation for being a magnificent and effortless tumbler and acrobat. He also performed phenomenal feats of strength. Bowen commanded a salary of over $100 a week and had one of the longest lasting and most popular sideshow acts of his era.
Bowen was married and had four healthy sons all of whom became successful and prosperous. Although wealthy and secure, Eli loved life in the public eye and could not give up performing. On May 2, 1924, at age eighty, Eli Bowen passed away just days before a scheduled performance for The Dreamland Circus at Coney Island.
Beauties in the Edwardian Era – Top 15 Beautiful Women of the 1900s
This era had many talented and beautiful women. And here are top 15 chosen by Vintage Everyday.
1. Evelyn Nesbit (1884-1967)
In the early part of the 20th century, the figure and face of Evelyn Nesbit was everywhere, appearing in mass circulation newspaper and magazine advertisements, on souvenir items and calendars, making her a cultural celebrity.
Her career began in her early teens in Philadelphia and continued in New York, where she posed for a cadre of respected artists of the era, James Carroll Beckwith, Frederick S. Church, and notably Charles Dana Gibson, who idealized her as a "Gibson Girl". She had the distinction of being an early "live model", in an era when fashion photography as an advertising medium was just beginning its ascendancy.
2. Lily Elsie (1886-1962)
Miss Lily Elsie made her name on the opening night of The Merry Widow, in London, on 8th June 1907. Overnight she had the town at her feet. On the stage Elsie seemed mysteriously beautiful with her perfect Grecian profile, enormous blue eyes, and hauntingly sad smile. Tall, cool, and lily-like, she moved with lyrical gestures in a slow-motion grace.
She was a true 'star' of Edwardian times, although the word was yet to be used in that context. Magazines produced special supplements about her, adverts featured her picture.
Although her fame and fortune came entirely from public appearances she was painfully shy. After just a few years on the stage she retired to a quite life away from the public eye. She did however leave us with hundreds of pictures, a few gramophone discs, and two films, to remember her by.
3. Maude Fealy (1883-1971)
Maude Fealy, the daughter of actress Margaret Fealy, was born in Memphis, Tennessee. At the age of three, she performed on stage with her mother and went on to make her Broadway debut in the 1900 production of Quo Vadis, again with her mother.
Fealy toured England with William Gillette in Sherlock Holmes from 1901 to 1902. Between 1902 and 1905, she frequently toured with Sir Henry Irving's company in the United Kingdom and by 1907 was the star in touring productions in the United States.
Fealy appeared in her first silent film in 1911 for Thanhouser Studios, making another eighteen between then and 1917, after which she did not perform in film for another fourteen years.
Throughout her career, Fealy taught acting in many cities where she lived; early on with her mother, under names which included Maude Fealy Studio of Speech, Fealy School of Stage and Screen Acting, Fealy School of Dramatic Expression. She taught in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Burbank, California; and Denver, Colorado.
Later in her career, she wrote and appeared in pageants, programs, and presented lectures for schools and community organizations.
4. Aida Overton Walker (1880-1914)
Aida Overton Walker was a singer, dancer, actress, and choreographer, regarded as the leading African American female performing artist at the turn of the century.
Aida Overton began her career as a teenage chorus member of "Black Patti's Troubadours." While performing in The Senegambian Carnival (1899) she met George Walker, and the two were married on June 22, 1899. After the marriage, Aida Walker worked as a choreographer for Williams and Walker, her husband's vaudevillian comedy duo. By presenting ragtime musicals with all Black casts, Williams and Walker helped bring authentic Black songs and dances to a form of entertainment that had been dominated by demeaning minstrel shows.
As one of the first international Black stars, Aida Walker brought versatility to her performances and authenticity to ragtime songs and cakewalk dances. Her dancing and singing ability has been compared to and sometimes applauded over that of her successors Florence Mills and Josephine Baker.
5. Camille Clifford (1885-1971)
Although born in Denmark, Camille Clifford made her stage debut in the chorus of The Defender in New York, 1902. She came to London, where her beauty caused a sensation; hailed as the epitome of the 'Gibson Girl', the ideal created by the American artist Charles Dana Gibson.
In 1905 Leslie Stiles wrote a song for her, 'Why Do They Call Me A Gibson Girl?'. Parts followed in The Catch of the Season (1905), and The Belle of Mayfair (1906).
She retired to marry the Hon. Lyndhurst Henry Bruce, but made a brief return to the stage in The Girl of the Future in 1916. Thereafter she abandoned the theatre, and to all enquiries, her secretary would reply with, 'Mrs Bruce has no wish to discuss the past'.
6. Annette Marie Sarah Kellerman (1886-1975)
Annette Marie Sarah Kellermann was an Australian professional swimmer, vaudeville star, film actress, writer, and business owner.
Kellermann was one of the first women to wear a one-piece bathing costume, instead of the then-accepted pantaloons, and inspired others to follow her example. Kellerman's swimming costumes became so popular, that she started her own fashion line of one-piece bathing suits. Kellermann helped popularize the sport of synchronised swimming; and authored a swimming manual. She appeared in several movies, usually with aquatic themes, and as the star of A Daughter of the Gods was the first major actress to appear nude in a Hollywood production. Kellermann was an advocate of health, fitness, and natural beauty throughout her life.
7. Billie Burke (1884-1970)
Billie Burke was an American actress, famous on Broadway and in early silent film, best known to modern audiences as Glinda the Good Witch of the North in the movie musical The Wizard of Oz.
She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1938 for her performance as Emily Kilbourne in Merrily We Live and is also remembered for her appearances in the Topper series.
Billie Burke was the wife of Broadway producer Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., of Ziegfeld Follies fame, from 1914 until his death in 1932. Her voice was unique in intonation, which she accentuated in her later character roles as dim-witted, spoiled society types.
8. Ethel Barrymore (1879-1959)
Ethel Barrymore was an American stage and film actress whose distinctive style, voice and wit made her the "first lady" of the American theatre.
Ethel starred for the first time on Broadway in 1901. In 1928 she opened the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York. She also appeared in vaudeville, on radio and television and in several films. During the 1920s and 1930s she made only one film. In 1944, she played opposite Cary Grant in the film None but the Lonely Heart. Her memoir was published in 1955. She died in Beverly Hills, California.
9. Ethel Clayton (1882-1966)
Ethel Clayton was an American actress of the silent film era. Her screen debut came in 1909, in a short called Justified. She jockeyed her early film appearances with a burgeoning stage career. Her pretty brunette looks were reminiscent of the famous Gibson Girl drawings by Charles Dana Gibson. On the stage she appeared mainly in musicals or musical reviews such as The Ziegfeld Follies of 1911. These musical appearances indicate a singing talent Clayton may have possessed but went unused in her many silent screen performances.
In 1912 she appeared in "The Country Boy" on stage at the Lyceum Theatre in Rochester New York and made her feature length film debut in For the Love of a Girl. Like many silent film actors Clayton's career was hurt by the coming of sound to motion pictures. She continued her career in small parts in movies until she retired in 1948. Her screen credits number more than 180.
10. Minnie Brown (1883-?)
Minnie Brown was an actress and performer who spent from 1902 to 1918 entertaining in Europe, Russia and the Far East.
She was part of the circle of very successful African-American women performers who were based in Russia during those years who included Ollie Burgoyne, Pearl Hobson and Georgette Harvey.
11. Julia James (1890-1964)
Julia James was an actress who was born in London and began her career at the Aldwych Theatre under Seymour Hicks, playing there Supper Belle in Blue Bell (1905). She appeared at the Gaity Theatre in The Girls of Gottenburg, Havana and Our Miss Gibbs. In 1913 she played Sombra in The Arcadians of L'Olympia in Paris, France.
12. Geneviève Lantelme (1882-1911)
Geneviève Lantelme was a French stage actress, socialite, fashion icon, and courtesan. Considered by her contemporaries to be one of the most beautiful women of the Belle Epoque, she is remembered for the mysterious circumstances of her death: on the night of July 24/25, 1911, she fell from the yacht of her husband, Alfred Edwards.
13. Ethel Warwick (1882-1951)
Ethel Warwick was a British stage actress. She was an actress, known for The Bigamist (1916), The Magistrate (1921) and Bachelor's Baby (1932).
During her teenage years, before becoming an actress, Ethel was a nude model, posing for, among others, James McNeil Whistler.
14. Gladys Cooper (1888-1971)
Gladys Cooper was the daughter of journalist William Frederick Cooper and his wife Mabel Barnett. As a child she was very striking and was used as a photographic model beginning at six years old. She wanted to become an actress and started on that road in 1905 after being discovered by Seymour Hicks to tour with his company in "Bluebell in Fairyland".
She came to the London stage in 1906 in The Belle of Mayfair, and in 1907 took a departure from the legitimate stage to become a member of Frank Curzon's famous Gaiety Girls chorus entertainments at The Gaiety theater. Her more concerted stage work began in 1911 in a production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Ernest which was followed quickly with other roles.
From the craze for post cards with photos of actors - that ensued between about 1890 and 1914 - Cooper became a popular subject of maidenly beauty with scenes as Juliet and many others. During World War I her popularity grew into something of pin-up fad for the British military.
15. Marie Doro (1882-1956)
Marie Doro was an American stage and film actress of the early silent film era. She began as a chorus girl in musical comedy under the management of impresario Charles Frohman, who took her to Broadway. There she worked for actor/stage director William Gillette, appearing in many melodrama, thrillers and comedies including The Admirable Crichton in 1903, Sherlock Holmes in 1905-06, Electricity in 1910 and Diplomacy in 1914 est.
On tour of England in the mid-1900s, she starred with the unknown teenage Charles Chaplin. She starred in at least 18 movie, first under contract to Adolph Zukor in 1915, making her film debut in the starring role as Carlotta in Edwin S. Porter's comedy/drama The Morals of Marcus (1915) for the Famous Players Film Co. She is perhaps best remembered in the title role in Oliver Twist (1916), directed by James Young for the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Co. in 1916.
The Wawona Tree - Historic Photos Since Its Tunnel Was Formed Until Falling
Wawona Tree was a famous giant sequoia that stood in Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park. It had a height of 227 feet (69 m) and was 90 ft (27 m) in circumference. A tunnel was cut through the tree in 1881.
The Wawona Tree fell in 1969 under an estimated two ton load of snow on its crown. The giant sequoia is estimated to have been 2,300 years old.
The Wawona Tunnel Tree, ca. 1880s
Norwegian-American artist Chris Jorgensen painting the tree, 1894
Horse-drawn wagon driving through the Wawona Tunnel Tree, 1902
The Wawona Tunnel Tree, 1903
Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir at Yosemite's Wawona Tunnel Tree, 1903
President Theodore Roosevelt is in this group visiting, 1903
President William Howard Taft (hat off in carriage) visited the Wawona Tunnel Tree, 1909
The Wawona Tunnel Tree, 1918
The Wawona Tree, ca. 1920s
The Wawona Tree, 1921
Passing through the Wawona Tree's tunnel, ca. 1930s
The Wawona Tunnel Tree, 1939
A group of servicemen, 1943
The Wawona Tunnel Tree, 1946
The Wawona Tree's tunnel, 1949
The Wawona Tree, ca. 1950s
The Wawona Tree, July 4, 1954
The Wawona Tunnel Tree, 1956
The Wawona Tunnel Tree, 1960
The Wawona Tree's tunnel, September, 1962
The Wawona Tunnel Tree, September 1962
The Wawona Tunnel Tree, 1962
The remains of the Wawona Tunnel Tree following its collapse, 1969
25 Interesting Vintage Pictures of Dog Carts and Milk Women in Belgium from the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries
You are on the outskirts of the town. The country women you meet here is on their way home to a farm several miles out. When they left home early morning those big, shiny copper cans were full of milk.
This mode of transporting milk from the dairy to the city customers is passing out of fashion; the woman's daughters will hardly follow the picturesque custom. For years and years, it was nearly universal, and the foreigners in Belgium were always delighted with the quaintness of theses little cars drawn by just such big dogs with shaggy, yellowish hair and wolf-like ears.
One of the most famous dog stories ever written was Ouida's "Dog of Flanders" --- a tale of devoted friendship between a Flemish boy and the faithful beast that went with him in this very way, carrying copper cans of fresh milk to Antwerp. It is a story which has been read all around the world --- a classic in its way, translated into many different languages.
It Was Dangerous Living in a Big City During the War. See 14 Amazing Historical Photos of London During The Blitz
The heavy and frequent bombing attacks on London and other cities was known as the Blitz. Night after night, from September 1940 until May 1941, German bombers attacked British cities, ports and industrial areas.
London was bombed ever day and night, bar one, for 11 weeks. One third of London was destroyed. Fires consumed many portions of the city. Residents sought shelter wherever they could find it - many fleeing to the Underground stations that sheltered as many as 177,000 people during the night.
In the worst single incident, 450 were killed when a bomb destroyed a school being used as an air raid shelter. Londoners and the world were introduced to a new weapon of terror and destruction in the arsenal of twentieth century warfare. The Blitz ended on May 11, 1941 when Hitler called off the raids in order to move his bombers east in preparation for Germany's invasion of Russia.
People sheltering in a tube train and on the platform at Piccadilly Tube Station, London, during an air raid. (Photo by Tunbridge-Sedgwick Pictorial Press/Getty Images). 1940
A milkman delivering milk in a London street devastated during a German bombing raid. Firemen are dampening down the ruins behind him. (Photo by Fred Morley/Getty Images). 1940
The debris of St Thomas's Hospital, London, the morning after receiving a direct hit during the Blitz, in front of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images). 1940
Workmen putting the finishing touches to an old tube station (King William Street) which has been converted into an air raid shelter holding 2,000 people. It has air-conditioning and a first aid station, all at a cost of about £20,000. (Photo by Harry Todd/Fox Photos/Getty Images). 16th March 1940
King George VI of Great Britain and Queen Elizabeth talking to a workman in a bomb damaged area of London. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images). 18th October 1940
Huge crowds followed Winston Churchill when he inspected damage and bomb craters in London. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images). 10th September 1940
A scene in central London, the morning after a bomb raid. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). 1940
A fireman attempts to check the flames from a gas explosion, after an air raid in Central London the previous night. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images). 1940
A view of devastation around St Paul's Cathedral in the City. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images). Circa 1940
A homeless boy points out his bedroom to his friends, after his home had been wrecked during a random bombing raid in an eastern suburb of London. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images). 1940
Inhabitants of Kennington Road in south-east London gather to survey the damage to a blitzed building after a World War II German air raid. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images). 8th September 1940
East Londoners are made homeless during German air raids on London. (Photo by Fred Ramage/Keystone/Getty Images). Circa 1940
Mrs Bowley, the wife of a school caretaker, shakes the hand of her rescuer, Johnny Driscoll of an A.R.P. rescue team, as she is carried away on a stretcher. Bowley had been trapped in the wreckage of an air raid shelter for thirteen hours after a German bombing raid on London, 17th October 1940. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Londoners shelter from air raids in an underground station during World War II, 1940. (Photo by M. McNeill/Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
These Autochrome Photos from the 1920s and '30s Resulted in a Painting-Like Quality That Not Even Today's Best Instagram Filters Can Replicate
The method used to make these dreamy photographs resulted in a painting-like quality that not even today's best Instagram filters can replicate.
Auguste and Louis Lumière were pioneers in photography. Legend has it that in 1895, when they premiered their first motion picture film of a train entering a station, audiences fled in terror, fearing they would be flattened by a "moving" train.
By 1907 they had turned their sights to color photography, inventing the first camera capable of capturing life in color—the Autochrome Lumière.
Autochromes owe much of this stylized look to the method in which photos were made. Using a glass plate coated with dyed red, green, and blue potato starches, a layer of emulsion was then added to the plate. These plates were then inserted into the camera, which had a lens that filtered the light that passed through the glass.
Because autochrome photography required a much longer exposure time than the film used to capture black-and-white images, subjects had to be still or slow moving.
The technique became popular at National Geographic for its ability to showcase different parts of the world in vibrant color. Autochromes were so widely used that the magazine now has one of the largest collections in the world, second only to Albert Kahn's Archive of the Planet.