JEAN RUTHERFORD : WINNER OF THE “DAILY MIRROR” BEAUTY CONTEST AND CHAMPION OF MANUAL WORKERS

This vintage press photo features Miss Jean Rutherford, winner of a beauty contest sponsored by the Daily Mirror, a newspaper in Great Britain. The contest had 22,000 entrants. Miss Rutherford was from Perth, a city in Scotland. Besides choosing a winner of the beauty pageant, the contest was supposed to determine whether manual or “brain workers” were the most beautiful. I guess this silly question was supposed to increase interest and excitement about the contest among the newspaper’s readers. Manual workers were determined to be the prettiest because Miss Rutherford worked as a domestic servant. Before I began researching Miss Rutherford, I was hoping that she went on from this contest and has a successful career as an actress, or some other profession. Unfortunately, my preliminary investigating did not reveal any information about what happened to Miss Rutherford after her victory. This press photo was formerly part of the collection belonging to Victor Forbin (1864-1947), accomplished French writer. This photograph measures about 6″ x 8″ and is in good condition (note staining near the upper right hand corner).    (SOLD)

PORTRAIT OF MISS JAPAN (1961)

This vintage real photo postcard features Miss Japan of 1961. She was a competitor in a beauty contest. Most likely, the identity of the beautiful woman in this photograph is either Chi Murakami (Miss Japan in the Miss World Pageant), or Akemi Toyama (Miss Japan in the Miss Universe Pageant). Miss Murakami was a semifinalist (top 15) in her competition and Miss Toyama did not place in her contest. The postcard was published by Whelan of Long Beach, California. This real photo postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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PHOTOGRAPH OF THE FINALISTS OF THE MISS BLACK OHIO BEAUTY PAGEANT (1976)

This vintage photograph features a portrait of the finalists of the Miss Black Ohio Beauty Pageant of 1976. The contest was hosted by the Bel-Aire Civic Club. All six of the African American women in this photograph are quite pretty but there could only be one winner and you can identify her by the crown on her head. This 8″ x 10″ image is likely a press photo.   SOLD