All Newspaper articles about the 1933 Miss America Contest

These are the newspaper articles that have been found through online searches of microfilmed newspapers. Since these generally have not been transcribed (retyped), the search routine uses type-recognition. On old papers, this may not be entirely accurate, and some newspapers have been missed. Additionally, not all local papers have been microfilmed; in fact, the majority of newspapers have not been microfilmed, so many more articles may be located in the future. These are the papers that were found as of 2009. Note that newspapers in the major metropolitan areas (NY, DC, Chicago, LA) have been largely transcribed, and separate searches were made of them on ProQuest. Some other specific newspapers were searched for specific reasons -- for example, the St. Louis newspapers were ordered in on microfilm (online archives start in 1988) to find out more about Miss Missouri AND Miss Illinois! St. Louis had 21 articles in two months -- most unusual compared to other papers.

Searches were performed using "Miss America" and 1933/1934; each "Miss State" with the two years; each woman's maiden name with no year requirement; each "Miss State" with the woman's first name and no year requirement. These searches were complicated by returning many unwanted articles -- about the Miss America raceboat, or a woman with a first name of a state (e.g., Miss Virgnia Smith -- surprisingly there are also a lot of women named Missouri as well as other states).

There are also magazine articles. Several of the magazine or newspaper articles were given to me without information on the source, or even date, and are so noted.

While there are quite a few articles listed here, this is actually surprisingly few considering it covers the entire United States for many months. The first link ("article") usually links to the entire page so the context and position in the newspaper is available.

article - March 13, 1933 article in San Antonio, TX about Miss America Pageant being revived -- 5 day pageant
article - May 2, 1933 article in Fresno, CA about Miss America Pageant being revived -- 49 states plus District of Columbia to be represented
article - July 9, 1933 article in St. Louis, MO about Marie Marks being Miss Terraplane (the Terraplane car company sponsored her in the beauty contest -- see the picture of the car!)
article - July 10, 1933 article in St. Louis, MO -- an ad for Fox Theater to help pick Miss Missouri
article - July 13, 1933 article in Middletown, NY about Miss Middletown winner vying for Miss New York State
article - July 13, 1933 article in St. Louis, MO about how Miss Missouri would be chosen -- five semi-finalists included Marie Marks and Lillian Kroener! When she loses, Lillian will go to her cousin's house in IL and become Miss IL, and show up in just 10 days to join Marie Marks and the other MidWest contestants on the Whistle Stop tour!!
article - July 13, 1933 article in St. Louis, MO about how Miss Missouri would be chosen - ad for the contest
article - July 14, 1933 article in St. Louis, MO about Marie Marks being crowned Miss Missouri
article - July 14, 1933 article in St. Louis, MO about Miss Oklahoma, Joanne Alcorn, being American Indian (Osage)
article - July 14, 1933 article in Charleston, WV about how Miss West Virginia is to be determined, and about the pageant and the prizes
article - July 18, 1933 article in Mansfield, OH about Miss Missouri, Marie Marks
article - July 19, 1933 article in Charlottesville, VA how Miss Virginia is to be determined, and about the pageant and the prizes
article - July 19, 1933 artice in Kokomo, IN about Miss Missouri, Marie Marks
article - July 19, 1933 article in Valparaiso, IN about Miss Iowa, Eleanor Dankenbring
article - undated summer article (circa July 19) in Manning IA about Miss Iowa, Eleanor Dankenbring
article - July 21, 1933 article in Corpus Cristie, TX about Miss Missouri, Marie Marks
article - July 23, 1933 article in St. Louis, MO about Miss Missouri Marie Marks and Miss Idaho Margaret Whittman
article - July 26, 1933 article in Moberly, MO about Miss Missouri, Marie Marks
article - August 1, 1933 article in Newark, OH about Miss District of Columbia, Rita Burns
article - August 2, 1933 article in Sheboygan, WI about Miss D.C. Rita Burns
article - August 3, 1933 article in Salamanca, NY about Miss Washington, Geraldine Sweetser
article - August 4, 1933 article in Lincoln, NE regarding Miss Washington, Geraldine Sweetser
article - August 6, 1933 article in Charleston, WV about (Miss California) Blanche McDonald
article - August 6, 1933 article in St. Louis, MO about Miss Idaho Margaret Witman and Miss Kentucky Lucille Rader getting a cooking lesson
article - August 9, 1933 article in Oshkosh, WI about Miss Washington, Geraldine Sweetser
article - August 9, 1933 article in Mansfield, OH about Miss Washington, Geraldine Sweetser
article - August 10, 1933 article in Modesto, CA about Miss District of Columbia, Rita Burns
article - August 10, 1933 article in Stevens Point, WI about Miss Washington, Geraldine Sweetser
article - August 11, 1933 article in St. Louis, MO about Miss Mississippi, 23-year old Dorothy Eley from Biloxi
article - August 13, 1933 article in Fresno, CA about Miss District of Columbia, Rita Burns
article - August 14, 1933 article in Lincoln, NE about Miss Mississippi, Dorothy Eley
article - August 15, 1933 article in St. Louis, MO about Miss Philadelphia -- Catherine Craig -- one of the two married ones!
article - August unknown, 1933 article in Galesville, IL about 12 Miss America contestants performing.
article - August 17, 1933 article in St. Louis, MO about Miss Massachusetts, Elsie Taylor from Walpole (whose mother once won a contest too!)
article - August 18, 1933 article in Fresno, CA about potential Miss California
article - August 19, 1933 article in Oskosh, WI about Miss Wisconsin, Marie Huebner
article - August 19, 1933 article in Ironwood, MI about Miss Wisconsin, Marie Huebner
article - August 19. 1933 article in Sheboygan, WI about Miss Wisconsin, Marie Huebner
article - August 25, 1933 article in St. Louis, MO about bad weather in Atlantic City -- a portent of the storms around the contest?! repairs to the boardwalk must have been completed by Sep 5th
article - August 26, 1933 article in Charleston, WV about 8 Midwest contestants (IL, ID, IA, AR, KS, KY, MO, WV) on stage (just article)
article - August 26, 1933 article in St. Louis, MO about Miss Ohio, Corrine Porter (of Youngstown)
article - August 26, 1933 article in Mansfield, OH about Miss Philadelphia Geraldine Glassman under guard since an aunt of a disqualified contestant went beserk
article - August 27, 1933 article in Charleston, WV about 8 Midwest contestants (WV, IL, ID, AR, KS, KY, MO) on stage (missing IA)
article - August 27, 1933 article in Charleston, WV about 12 Midwest contestants (IL, DC, MO, NC, ID, VA, AR, KS, KY, OH, IA) on stage, featuring Miss WV Mildred Fetty
article - August 27, 1933 article in Fresno, CA about potential Miss California
article - August 28, 1933 ad in Charleston, WV about 11 Midwest contestants (WV, ID, KY, IA, MO, CO, IL, AR, NV, KS, and OK) on stage (very curious since Miss Colorado and Miss Nevada never made it to Atlantic City! and they apparently knew Miss Indiana was not coming!) (just ad)
article - August 29, 1933 ad in Charleston, WV about 11 Midwest contestants (WV, ID, KY, IA, MO, CO, IL, AR, NV, KS, and OK) on stage (very curious since Miss Colorado and Miss Nevada never made it to Atlantic City! and they apparently knew Miss Indiana was not coming!) - same ad
article - August 29, 1933 article in St. Louis, MO about Miss Philadelphia (Miss Pennsylvania) Geraldine Glassman, and how she was the third one chosen
article - August 29, 1933 article in Monessen, PA about Miss New York City, Elsa Donath
article - August 30, 1933 article in St. Louis, MO about Miss New York State, Florence Meyers (of East Rockaway)
article - August 31, 1933 article in Newark, OH about "tentative" Miss Philadelphia Geraldine Glassman, since two previous Miss Philadelphia winners were disqualified as they were married
article - August 31, 1933 article in St. Louis, MO about Miss Michigan, Barbara Strand (of Dearborn)
article - August 31, 1933 article in Salamanca, NY about Miss New York State, Florence Meyers
article - August 31, 1933 article in Florence, SC about Miss New York City, Elsa Donath
article - September 1, 1933 article in Connellsville, PA about Miss New York City, Elsa Donath

--------------------------Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, NJ September 5-9, 1933
article - September 5, 1933 article in St. Louis, MO about Miss Connecticut, Marion Bergeron (of West Haven)
article - September 6, 1933 article in Gary, IN about Miss Indiana, Frances Lininger
article - September 6, 1933 article in Valparaiso, IN about Miss Indiana, Frances Lininger
article - September 8, 1933 article in Connellsville, PA about Midwest Contestants (IL, ID, AR, WV, KS, KY) going to nation's capital (cropped)
article - September 8, 1933 article in Danville, VA about Midwest Contestants (IL, ID, AR, WV, KS, KY) going to nation's capital
article - September 8, 1933 article in St. Louis, MO about 8 Eastern Beauties at Atlantic City (VA, PA, Miss Atlantic City, NYC, MD, NJ, DE and NY)
article - September 8, 1933 article in Mansfield, OH about Miss Michigan, Barbara Strand
article - September 9?, 1933 article in St. Louis, MO about all the beauty queens in Atlantic City -- with a different panorama shot (same lineup but different angle)
article - September 9, 1933 article in Fresno, CA about how the pageant would be aired over the radio to listeners at 7 pm as a "word picture" by the Columbia network announcer
--------------------------Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, NJ September 5-9, 1933

article - September 10, 1933 article in Fresno, CA about the winner Miss Connecticut
article - September 10, 1933 article in Los Angeles Times - specified Nutmeg State (CT) winner, NY second, CA 3rd, VA 4th.
article - September 10, 1933 article in St. Louis, MO about winner Miss Connecticut
article - September 10, 1933 in Lincoln, NE article about winner Miss Connecticut, runners-up Miss California and Miss New York, and the four disqualified contestants: Miss Iowa, Miss Illinois, Miss Idaho and Miss Arkansas
article - September 10, 1933 Zanesville, OH article about winner Miss Connecticut, runners-up Miss California and Miss New York, and the four disqualified contestants: Miss Iowa, Miss Illinois, Miss Idaho and Miss Arkansas
article - September 11, 1933 article in St. Louis, MO about winner Miss Connecticut, and two runners-up Miss California and Miss New York State
article - September 12, 1933 article in Tyrone, PA about how the disqualified candidates got no money to go home - Miss IL, Miss ID, Miss IA and Miss AR
article - September 12, 1933 article in Coshocton, OH regarding winner Miss Connecticut
article - September 12, 1933 article in Edwardsville, IL about winner Miss Connecticut
article - September 12, 1933 article in Lowell, MA about the pageant
article - September 12, 1933 article in St. Louis, MO about winner Miss Connecticut
article - September 12, 1933 article on San Antonio, TX about winner Miss Connecticut
article - September 13, 1933 article in Benton Harbor, MI about winner Miss Connecticut
article - September 15, 1933 article in Modesto, CA about winner Miss Connecticut
article - September 19, 1933 article in Fresno, CA about winner Miss Connecticut
article - November 23, 1933 article in Elyria, OH about actresses not becoming Miss America, including Katherine Hepburn (this article ran in several papers about this time)

article - February 7, 1934 article in Sheboygan, PA about (Miss California) Blanche McDonald (note she is living in Augusta, Maine)
article - February 9, 1934 article in Edwardsville, IL about (Miss California) Blanche McDonald (note she is living in Augusta, Maine)
article - February 12, 1934 article in Chillicothe, MO about (Miss California) Blanche McDonald (note she is living in Augusta, Maine)
article - March 18, 1934 article in Ogden, UT about Miss America Marion Bergeron's diet
article - March 21, 1934 article in Hammond, IN about Miss America Marion Bergeron singing with the Miss America Orchestra in a new radio series
article - November 12, 1934 article in Salamance, NY about Miss Maine Iva Stewart won most beautiful girl in evening clothes contest in NY
article - November 23, 1934 article in Fresno, CA about rumors that Marion Bergeron is to wed Mortimer Lewis of Atlantic City

article - October 23, 1936 article in Fresno, CA about Blanche McDonald Herman cancelling her divorce and reconciling with her husband William Herman.
article - 1936 article about how Miss Missouri Marie Marks married Cecil Sillman in a short-lived marriage

article - (inferred 1937) pages 26 and 27 of unknown magazine or book. Date inferred from top right picture caption - "Rose Coyle is present holder and will relinquish honor at coming contest in September;" she was crowned in 1936. Has panorama picture at bottom of the 1933 contestants, but they are not so identified; caption (above the picture) states "below are the beauties as lined up in a previous contest."

... skip 36 years to 1973
September 2, 1973 - "Why Some Beauties Can't Win" - Parade Magazine p. 1 and p. 2 - the Miss America Pageant is not fixed but controlled -- the seven categories of girls who "haven't got a sliver of a chance."

U. S. Magazine, 1982 - section on Marion
1982 AC Press - Queen at 15
U. S. Magazine, 1982 (specific date unknown - only given this one page) - a write-up of where the former Miss Americas are today - Marion's 49th anniversary. She remarks she had never been on a date! She received a watch, a car, a fox coat and some Jersey property. "There wasn't any money then," she says. "But when I turned sixteen, I signed with an agency." Marian went on to sing with Guy Lombardo and Rudy Vallee, among others. She credits the pageant with changing her life, mostly by keeping her lively. "It keeps me on my toes," says the sixty-nine year old widow and grandmother of six. "It keeps me from going to the bank with curlers. I don't want people to say, 'She looks like hell -- what happened to her?' It makes you want to retain that image."
"The Atlantic City Press" - September 11, 1982 article - "Queen at 15" Miss America 1933 'Too Young" - an article upon her 50th anniversary (actually it was only 49 years in 1982). (excerpt): ... At 5-foot-3, McKnight was hardly statuesque, but she was cute, blond and, much to the surprise of everyone who failed to inquire until after the crowning, qyuite too young to be Miss America. .. Actually it was a miracle McKnight got here at all. Her appearance in Atlantic City as Miss Connecticut was a comedy of "errors" that began back home in West Haven when her father got a frantic phone call from Max, a friend who owned a theater. "Quick, Elmer, send Marian over with her bathing suit," he begged. Max, who was facing a theater full of people and newsmen, was short one contestant for the Miss New Haven beauty contest. He promised Marian and her 12-year old sister season tickets to the movies if they hustled right over. Marion figured she had won the contest when the judges pulled her out of the line and handed her a bunch of roses and a loving cup. ... She ended up with roses again at Noroton, became Miss Connecticut and was on her way to Atlantic City. ... Once again, McKnight didn't know she was a winner until she was handed a dozen roses and the Miss America banner was hung over her white sheath gown. Then with an enormous rhinestone crown slipping down her forehead and two pages holding the ends of a long robe, she faced her subjects more in awe of them than they of her. ...

article - October, 1989 picture with caption about Marion Bergeron Setzer at age 71, posing on the Boardwalk

October 2000 People Magazine
October 16, 2000 - "American Beauties" - People Magazine -- (partial article in pdf, Marion Bergeron: p.1, p.2) -- so what happens after you hang up your crown? We asked 61 Miss Americas to smile for the camera (and spill the beans). Marion: Once crowned, "you are always a Miss America." "There's a saying," says Bergeron, "The crown passes on, but the title -- never." That makes Bergeron, 82, the longest-reigning Miss America. Bribed (with a year's worth of theater passes) into entering a preliminary competition, Bergeron was just 15½ when she won in Atlantic City (a minimum age requirement of 17 was enacted a few years later). "They didn't require any talent in 1933" she says. "All you had to do was have measurements, and apparently I had measurements. After she won, she says, her age and height (she was 5'4") kept her from big-time showbiz. "Flo Ziegfeld said, 'I'd love to be able to use you, but your stems aren't long enough,'" she recalls. Asked to leave her Catholic high school for getting "entirely too much undue publicity," the West Haven, Conn., native went on the road as a big-band singer. Now a great-grandmother, Bergeron, twice widowed, has been married since 1986 to Fred Setzer, 85. And while her crown disappeared days after her win, she does have her loving cup. "I make flower arrangements in it," she says.

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In the 1982 article, Marion mentioned that "I was completely and totally ignored," she said without bitterness. "It's only been since 1965 or so that they (invited me back); I was thrilled to death." So, it is not surprising that MAO had not kept in touch with any of the other 1933 contestants either; they had not kept in touch with any of them. -- DLH
This list does not include books with entries about the 1933 Miss America pageant, just newspaper and magazine articles.