What’s more American than a beauty queen?
Miss Atomic Bomb, 1957
Lee A. Merlin was crowned Miss Atomic Bomb, coinciding with Operation Plumbbob, a super-controversial series of nuclear bomb tests in the Nevada desert.
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Catfish Queen, 1954
Gail Hooper from Memphis was selected “Miss National Catfish Queen,” holding a 56-pound catfish at the Hotel New Yorker.
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Sweater Queen, 1952
The 1952 Sweater Queen, Jeanne Davis of Alabama, won the annual Sweater Queen Contest sponsored by the Wool Bureau and National Knitted Outerwear Foundation.
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Laugh Queen, 1961
Kathleen Townsend from Minneapolis was chosen in 1961 as the official Laugh Queen, a title dedicated to the promotion of a national sense of humor.
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