Inspired by Paul's post yesterday about the Potato Chip Queen contest
, I did some research over at newspapers.com
(subscription required) and came up with what I believe is a complete list of the Potato Chip Queens from 1946 to 1956, except for 1947 for which year I can't find any info. Perhaps there was no queen that year. After 1956 the contest seems to have transitioned into a Miss Teen Potato Chip contest. So, not quite the same.
Based on what I found, Nikki Geer was awarded the crown in 1946, but Paul found info indicating it was given to Dorothea Fagnano. Since Dorothea was only 15, I'm guessing she must have been given some kind of teen version of the crown.
Also, In 1952 the crown was given to a chipmunk ("Miss Potato Chip-munk").
Finally, the Potato Chip Queen for 1953, Joan Gehan (aka UN-KA-PU-CHI), was so popular that the next year they promoted her to "Miss Potato Chip of the Century."
1946: Nikki Geer
Shickshinny Mountain Echo - Nov 8, 1946
1948: Joan Smith
Opelousas Daily World - Feb 12, 1948
1949: Patricia Hunter
Zanesville Times Recorder - Jan 29, 1949
Found a picture of Pat Hunter's potato chip photoshoot in Life - Feb 28, 1949
1950: Peggy Sharpe
Honolulu Star-Advertiser - Mar 19, 1950
1951: Edie Pike
Honolulu Star-Advertiser - Mar 4, 1951
1952: Miss Potato Chip-munk (with maid-in-waiting Ronda Sherwood)
Marengo Republican News - Feb 7, 1952
1953: Joan Gehan — promoted to "Miss Potato Chip of the Century" in 1954
Image via TOGACHIPGUY.com
Pittsburgh Press - Jan 28, 1954
1955: Ruth Burkhart
Kingsport Times-News - Mar 6, 1955
1956: Elaine Kuntz
Louisville Courier-Journal - Jan 29, 1956
a better picture of the 1956 winner, Elaine Kuntz. (via Pinterest