Past Imperfect

Past Imperfect – #531


Life is often confusing, but one thing is abundantly clear: In order to win the Miss America contest in 1935, contestants did whatever it took to get the rural vote… 



Note: This is Exhibit #11 in Bonnywood’s March Madness. Details found here. And yes, this is a publicity shot of Henrietta Leaver, who was eventually crowned Miss America that year, at the age of 19. Does she look 19 to you? I thought not. Apparently, growing up in the environs of Pittsburgh at that time was a harsh life, indeed…

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  1. She certainly doesn’t seem 19 in that photo, but I Googled her and in many other pictures she does look her age.
    My worry is that one day, the Tangerine Tramp, fearing that Miss Henrietta’s statue will get attention that should rightfully be his, will disrobe down to his diaper while strolling through an alfalfa field and conversing earnestly with the farmer. Won’t that be a sight to behold?

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    • Me, outer voice: “What a delightful comment. Thank you!” Me, inner voice: “Holy cow, the horror of the image Lynette just described is sending me into an emotional tailspin. I’d best call my therapist for an expedited appointment, pronto.”

      Receptionist at said therapist’s office, outer voice: “Why, hello, Brian. How can we help you remain sane today?” Receptionist, inner voice: “Holy cow, can this man not get through a single day without having a melodramatic meltdown? Damn.”

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  2. I have an old picture of my mother at 16. She looked like Rita Hayworth in Gilda. Girls matured quickly back in the day. 😉
    As for the tractor, are we sure she wasn’t just plowing her way to the pool through the other contestants?

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    • Have you ever seen the movie “Drop Dead Gorgeous”? (It’s not the greatest movie, by any means, but it does have some very funny bits consistently sprinkled throughout. It’s entertaining enough for a rainy Saturday afternoon with a glass of wine, that sort of thing.) Anyway, it concerns a beauty pageant wherein some of the contestants are eliminated by mysterious circumstances, and one of those eliminations involves a tractor.

      Sorry, my mind just went there with your comment. I’m sure you understand how this happens… 😉

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