Thursday, September 8, 2011

On September 8

On this day in ...
... 1921 (90 years ago today), on the boardwalk at Atlantic City, New Jersey, young women flocked around a man dressed as King Neptune. Organizers of this "Bathers Revue" awarded a Golden Mermaid trophy to one Margaret Gorman (left), a 16-year-old high school student from Washington, D.C. (photo credit) The pageant became a fixture, and Gorman came to be known as the 1st Miss America. A PBS account of the pageant's history -- underscoring issues of race as well as sex that marked its founding -- is here.

(Prior September 8 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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