Category:
1950s

National Potato Chip Queen

The first Potato Chip Queen apparently was nominated in 1946.






The next gal I can find won in 1949. The caption also introduces the irreplaceable term "spud wafers," which I intend to use from now on.



Source.

Here is a pic from their 1948 convention.



I find evidence the NPCI existed as late as 1957.

But as for Potato Chip Queens after 1949, no luck. I think the NPCI is also defunct.





Posted By: Paul - Tue Aug 22, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Conventions, Junk Food, 1940s, 1950s

Supergeared Bicycle

Are supergeared bicycles that will ride at super fast speeds an actual thing? Or did this guy just build a complicated derailleur system?

News Herald - Oct 5, 1953



Another better quality image from Popular Mechanics (July 1954).

via Modern Mechanix

Posted By: Alex - Tue Aug 15, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Bicycles and Other Human-powered Vehicles, 1950s

Fill ‘Er Up—and De-ice the Wings!



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Aug 03, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Air Travel and Airlines, 1950s

Yanks in the UK

This makes Brexit all the more mandatory!





Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 27, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Antisocial Activites, Culture and Civilization, Family, Sexuality, Foreign Customs, 1950s, Europe, North America

Einstein’s Brain Waves

Sep 1950: Dr. Alejandro Arellano of Massachusetts General Hospital took readings of Einstein's brain waves while Einstein was thinking about his theory of relativity (special or general? It doesn't say), and while he was resting. It was noted that the zigs were quite different than the zags while Einstein was thinking of his theory. Based on this finding, it was hoped that in the future it might be possible to identify geniuses by their brain waves.



Pittsburgh Press - Feb 11, 1951



Los Angeles Times - Feb 24, 1951

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jul 26, 2017 - Comments (7)
Category: 1950s, Brain

Follies of the Madmen #321



"Dead people like our beer."

From the American Legion magazine for May 1952.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 25, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Horror, 1950s, Alcohol

Paul Whiteman’s TV Teen Club



Imagine someone like Paul Whiteman being a teen idol or mentor these days.

More info here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 24, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Music, Television, Teenagers, 1950s

The Florida Trio






Source.



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jul 22, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Entertainment, 1940s, 1950s

The Maid of Cotton Pageant

Continuing our intermittent look at oddball beauty pageants.

The Maid of Cotton pageant began in 1939. The annual pageant was sponsored by the National Cotton Council (NCC), Memphis Cotton Carnival, and the Cotton Exchanges of Memphis, New York, and New Orleans. The pageant was held in Memphis, Tennessee, in conjunction with the Carnival until the 1980s.

In mid-December every year the NCC released a list of contestants. Contestants were required to have been born in one of the cotton-producing states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North and South Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas or Virginia. They might have also been born in the cotton-producing counties of Alexander, Jefferson, Massac, Pulaski, Williamson or Madison, Illinois or in Clark or Nye counties of Nevada. There were usually twenty contestants each year.

Contestants were judged on personality, good manners, intelligence, and family background as well as beauty and an ability to model. A Top Ten were chosen and then a Top Five, and finally second and first runners up and a winner. Winners served as goodwill and fashion ambassadors of the cotton industry in a five-month, all-expense tour of American cities. In the mid-1950s the tour expanded globally. In the late 1950s a Little Miss Cotton pageant was begun but lasted only until 1963 before being discontinued. In the mid-1980s Dallas,Texas took over the pageant, in conjunction with the NCC and its overseas division, Cotton Council International. In 1986, to bolster interest and participation, the NCC eliminated the rule requiring contestants to be born in a cotton-producing state. The pageant was discontinued in 1993, one of the reasons being that Cotton Inc. stopped contributing scholarship money as well as waning public interest and changing marketing strategies.


More details here.

And also here.

The 1952 winner.

Source.



Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 21, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s

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