I do not necessarily wish to claim a Google-fu superior to Alex's, but I did find an image of the 1965 Miss Medic Alert.
Original article here.
The winner of this title was "a beauty with a hidden medical problem" — which sounds slightly ominous.
Unfortunately I haven't found a picture of Miss Medic Alert, but it seems like the contest ran from the late '60s to the mid '70s.
Detroit Free Press - Mar 10, 1972
In line with Alex's ceaseless quest for oddball beauty queens, may we present Kipp Hamilton
, who actually had a career. But she must have misremembered this honor, for all sources quote Kipp as claiming it happened in the year 1953. But such data has become easier to verify or disprove since Google added its newspaper archives.
Original story here.
Following up on my "Miss Sewer Cleaner"
post of a few days ago:
In 1947, the admen of Detroit dreamed up the idea of bestowing on a young woman the title of "Miss Front End," who would be "the girl they would most like to have as their radiator ornament."
Dolores Frederick was given the title for 1947, and Carolyn King won it for 1948. After that, there were no more "Miss Front Ends."
I've found a few references to the title of "Miss Reclining Seat" awarded sometime in the 1950s, but I'm guessing this was a joke.
The News-Palladium (Benton Harbor, Michigan) - Jan 17, 1947
Detroit Free Press - Oct 26, 1947
Original ad here.
So what was the winning name? It's a mystery for the ages. As this blogger says,
"This car was widely shown and generated considerable publicity. Surprisingly, no one at S.C. Johnson & Son seems to remember the winning name to this day. 'I attempted to find out on numerous occasions during my career with Nash and American Motors -- writing the Johnson company and perusing newspapers and trade journals of the period,' says John A. Conde. 'Unfortunately, nothing turned up.'"
The judges probably thought it was a bold new take on apple butter.
The Plain Speaker (Hazelton, Pa. — Oct 24, 1956)