Miss California and Miss America

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Miss California, Marguerite Skliris (far left), poses with other entrants and Miss America at the center. She was third runner-up in the Miss America 1939 competition.

“Patricia Mary Donnelly, Miss Michigan, became the first woman of her state to win the [Miss America] title. The pageant was staged on the world famous Steel Pier [Atlantic City, New Jersey] for the last time.”

Excerpt and image from http://missamerica.org/our-history/ .

 

A different woman,  Janet Mantell of Culver City, was named Miss California in this 1939 newspaper article. There may have been more than one beauty pageant using the title.

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Chicago Tribune article and photo from http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1939/08/16/page/15/article/culver-city-girl-chosen-miss-california-of-1939 .

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