Miss America, 1945: Photos From the Old-School Jersey Shore

The winner of the 1945 Miss America pageant, 21-year-old Bess Myerson of New York.
Alfred Eisenstaedt
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On the heels of the crowning of the first Indian-American Miss America, LIFE recalls an earlier contest in Atlantic City, when Bess Myerson made history. Read More

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