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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • LAKE GARDA, ITALY

Rock On: 1926

Rock On: 1926

August 2, 1926. "Miss Marjorie Joesting." Marjorie, the future Mrs. Arthur Lange, was both Miss Washington, D.C., and a Miss America runner-up at Atlantic City in 1926. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Lotus Flower with the Sparkling Eyes

I thank the photographer for capturing the lotus flower, Marjorie, for all grateful hearts! And I thank you, dear Charlotte, for introducing me to this great site!

And the winner is .....


Miss Tulsa

Miss America 1926
Norma Smallwood
Tulsa, Oklahoma

"photographing better than Miss Washington D.C. ?????"

Can you imagine?

Very classy

She is a beauty for sure. I like the fact that she is natural. I find myself wondering how "real" some of today's beauty queens are. Thanks for a great picture and a great site.

Why she lost

She lost to Miss Tulsa by five votes. It was, according to the newspaper correspondent Peggy Ellsworth, "because she did not photograph as well as the Tulsa girl because she was too much of one color."

Five years later, the Lincoln (NE) Star caught up with her on a visit to relatives. The April 1931 story contains a great line: "Having sung over the radio and appeared on the stage, Miss Joesting has her eye on a combination of the two in the soon-to-come television broadcasting era."

Woo, Woo

If I could go back in time and woo this woman, I'd give up every modern convenience we have today. She is striking!

Excuse me..

..while I wipe the drool off my monitor... Wow...

Alterations

She'd be compelled to get $8K implants today. To compete, anyway. In addition to losing about 40 pounds and 70 percent of that hair.

Today's Girl

She would be subject to severe dieting today to get her weight down to near emaciation or she wouldn't get near a spot in a major "Beauty" Contest.

Gorgeous!

Young Marjorie has a most beautiful smile and stunning hair.
A very pretty girl, in any era.

Bruce

Wow, talk about timeless

Wow, talk about timeless beauty, this one could step right into the 21st century and still stop traffic, look at those legs! Wonder if she's still alive? Guessing she'd be around 100, no?

[104. But they say 100 is the new 90. - Dave]

 
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