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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

The Babe: 1924

The Babe: 1924

Eighteen-year-old Ruth Malcomson, Miss Philadelphia of 1924. Later that year in Atlantic City, she would be crowned Miss America. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, Atlantic Foto Service/George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

WOW

She is absolutely stunning! I'm amazed.

Shallow DOF

Note the very shallow depth of field afforded by the long lens on 5x7 format and the slowness of the emulsion, even in decent daylight

We are related

I have been researching my family history and learned that I am related to your grandmother. My grandmother, Lida Roberts, was the wife of Hugh Malcomson. If you have any information on your grandmother's ancestry, I would surely appreciate it, if you are willing to share it. You can contact me at
normindell@yahoo.com
Thank you.

Growing Old

I smiled--ruefully--at the comment about not being able to imagine yourself old. When I was in my teens, I calculated that I'd be 63 at the turn of the twenty-first century. I could not even conceive of being so ancient.
And now...oh, yes, it tolls for thee.

Then and Now

I find it really odd to look at a picture of someone when they were young and then to think that right now they're not even alive anymore. It seems like an impossibility at times to imagine yourself ever becoming old.

Grandma Ruth's Trophy

Do you know what happened to that silver shell trophy? It is amazingly beautiful and so large - a true work of art! Were you able to acquire any photos from anyone?

Ruth Malcolmson

I have some photos of your grandmother. I am located in Drexel Hill, PA and can be reached at the Ardmart Antiques Mall. Check our website for contact information.

She reminds me of

. . . actress Paula Malcomson, who played Trixie on the HBO series "Deadwood."

Ruth Malcolmson

Interesting. Not only is she beautiful ... but also made a bit of history, of sorts... as she decided not to defend her title as Miss America, and compete again. Because of this, a rule is instated that woman cannot hold the Miss America title more than once

Ahhhhooga!

What a dish!

Oh the humanity

Great pose. Miss Americas looked so much more human back then.

1924 Miss Philadelphia and Miss America

If anyone has any photos of Ruth that they would like to sell - please post contact info.

I am a relative (granddaughter)

will consider buying if not too expensive

*whistle* Beautiful!!

*whistle*
Beautiful!!

Time marches on

She is 103 today, if still alive.

[Ruth Malcomson Schaubel died in 1988. She appeared in the 1974 Miss America pageant on the 50th anniversary of her win. - Dave]

Because of Her

I found this tidbit.

"1924 Ruth Malcomson decides not to defend her title as Miss America, and compete again. Because of this, a rule is instated that woman cannot hold the Miss America title more than once."

 
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