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Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests

Miss Durum Macaroni

To win the title of 'Miss Durum Macaroni' it wasn't enough to be attractive. Contestants were also judged on a macaroni recipe that they were required to submit.

You can find the recipe of the winner, Julie Kay Dunkirk, below. She won with Mexican Macaroni Casserole.

Also, if you're a fan of browsing through old trade journals, the entire run of The Macaroni Journal (1919-1984) can be found online at the website of the National Pasta Association.

Billings Gazette - Oct 30, 1963



Mandan Morning Pioneer - Oct 11, 1964



Macaroni Journal - Dec 1963

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jun 23, 2024 - Comments (0)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Food, 1960s

The Musky Queen

These charming ladies do not smell strange. Their title simply honors a certain fish. The 2024 festival begins today, if you want to fly out to Hayward, WI.







Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 21, 2024 - Comments (0)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Parades and Festivals, Regionalism, Fish

Miss Electric Sign

The primary job duty of Miss Electric Sign was to endure being dangled from a crane beside electric signs.

But she also had to sing the anthem of electric signs:

What would everyone do if there were no bright lights?
Would our nation be grand if signs weren't there to show the proper way to everyone in this land?


Time - Mar 25, 1966



Lancaster Eagle Gazette - Sep 19, 1966

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jun 15, 2024 - Comments (0)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Signage, 1960s

Miss Drag Strip

Apparently, there were several "Miss Drag Strip" contests around the nation, so these two photos might not go together--but they are illustrative of the genre!



Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 07, 2024 - Comments (3)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Regionalism, 1950s, Cars

Miss National Parole Board

In the 1960s and '70s, female employees of Canada's National Parole Board got to compete for the honor of being chosen Miss National Parole Board.

Whoever was chosen Miss National Parole Board could then go on to compete to be "RA Queen of the Year." As far as I can tell, RA stood for 'Recreation Association.' It was the government organization that sponsored a beauty contest for Canadian civil service workers.

Miss National Parole Board would compete against other title-holders such as 'Miss Fisheries,' 'Miss Defence Production,' 'Miss Solicitor-General,' and 'Miss Canadian Penitentiary Service.'

Insight (The National Parole Board Newsletter) - Summer-Fall 1968



Insight (The National Parole Board Newsletter) - Fall 1969



Ottawa Citizen - May 1, 1968

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jun 02, 2024 - Comments (2)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Government, 1960s

Miss Biological Research

Were biologists supposed to pin her picture up in their labs?

New York Daily News - Feb 12, 1964

Posted By: Alex - Wed May 15, 2024 - Comments (2)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Science, 1960s

Miss AI

Entries are now being accepted for the world's first "Miss AI" contest.

One of the organizers of the pageant offered the following justification for it: "Considering real beauty pageants are criticised for dehumanising women, lets dodge that bullet by having contestants which aren’t human to begin with!"

More info: euronews.com



The contestants will be judged by a panel that consists of two humans and two AI models. They don't explain how the AI models will make their decision or cast their votes. I assume the human creators of the AI models will be the actual judges.





Although this may be the first "Miss AI" contest, it won't be the first computer-generated beauty queen. As we've previously posted, back in 1964 engineers at California Computer Products unveiled "Miss Formula," whom they described as "a computer's idea of how the perfect female should look."

While the technology has advanced, the basic idea remains the same.

Tampa Tribune - July 31, 1964

Posted By: Alex - Fri May 03, 2024 - Comments (5)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Technology, AI, Robots and Other Automatons

Miss Dial

In 1949, Terry Leah won the title of "Miss Dial" in a contest sponsored by Dial Soap. As far as beauty titles go, this one wasn't that unusual. But what was unusual was that, as part of the responsibility of being Miss Dial, Terry had to take a bath, using Dial Soap, in the window of Eckerd Drug Company in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Adding to the public exposure, Dial promised that the person who took the best photo of Terry as she bathed would win $25.

Charlotte News - July 7, 1949



Charlotte Observer - July 8, 1949



Young Dickie Higgins was determined to win that prize. I'd bet that was the most exciting day of his life up until then. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find out who did win the photo prize.

"Dickie Higgins takes a shot of dancer Terry Leah, who is posing in a bubble bath in a Charlotte, North Carolina, store window advertising a new line of bath soap."
NY Journal American - July 28, 1949



(left) Greenville News - July 9, 1949; (right) Raleigh News and Observer - July 14, 1949

Posted By: Alex - Mon Apr 22, 2024 - Comments (0)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Hygiene, Photography and Photographers, 1940s

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