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Vintage photos of:
Anne Lee Patterson (Miss Northern Kentucky). She won her title in Galveston, Texas. Actress Dorothy Lamour was her first runner-up. She then went on to take second place in the 1931 Miss Universe pageant and joined the cast of the Ziegfeld Follies 1932 revival of “Showboat”. Scanned from the original Eastman Kodak nitrate negative. View full size.