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Queen Anna: 1922

Queen Anna: 1922

      "Miss Anna Niebel, former Follies girl who lives at 1370 Harvard Street northwest, won first prize by unanimous vote of the judges."

June 17, 1922. "Winning costume at Tidal Basin bathing beach style contest." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Snail Mail

Printing someone's home address was the equivalent of posting their Instagram account or email address. It was probably the only way to contact them. I suspect the ladies surrendered their addresses in the hopes of fan mail and maybe job offers.

[Actually this was standard practice for just about anyone who was the subject of a newspaper article -- addresses were given for obituaries, weddings, car accidents, robberies, graduations, etc. The quote is from an item in the Washington Post. - Dave]


If Anna is queen, does that make second-prize-winning Iola the princess? Not a bad title, really. The queen is generally stately, responsible, solemn. The princess is adventurous, risk-taking, hot.

Beautiful Girls Are Like Opium

The title of one of the songs from her only credit at the Internet Broadway Database: "The Midnight Rounders of 1921." Other forgotten tunes from the show include "Sprinkle Me with Diamonds," "Would You Like to Sleep Upon My Pillow?" and "Snap a Wishbone with Me."

Different times, different morals

Wow, can you imagine posting the home address of a beauty contest winner today? There would be heck to pay!

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