The Early Days Of The Miss America Pageant
The Miss America Pageant dates all the way back to the 1920s, managing to transform over that time period but oddly remaining the same. It started as the regional “Inter-City Beauties” “popularity contest” featuring East Coast women entirely from Philadelphia, New York City, and D.C.
What started as a humble summer contest in Atlantic City grew by leaps and bounds in just a few short years. Quickly the Miss America Pageant became a highlight event on the summer calendar, drawing visitors and contestants from all over the country. Here’s a snapshot of the early days of what eventually became a multi-million dollar TV event.