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Date Posted: 10:05:20 11/16/15 Mon
Here are 2 articles concerning the mermaid. The first article states that Mary Katherine Campbell received the original mermaid. I personally believe this is correct. She was there in Atlantic City, they wanted her to compete because Ruth Malcolmson refused to defend her title, and the article states Mary was very popular at the pageant. (Even Ric Ferentz once stated that the pageant was very unhappy with Ruth).
Plus, this article is from 1925 - not many years later when someone claims to have the original and claims it was "authenticated" by the pageant. Quite frankly, how would the pageant know which mermaid was the original? Another article (not listed here) stated that all the mermaids were sculpted individually to fit the individual alabaster stone bases.
So whoever keeps posting about this, please give us more information about this, such as which Miss
America received the "orginal" mermaid, who, how, when the pageant "authenticated" the original mermaid, and where is this mermaid.
Someone once posted on this board that they were at a dinner party and the "original" mermaid was there. Please, more information on this.
There were 6 mermaids. Norma Smallwoods is the only one that is known to exist (with her family).
Here are the articles from 1925
Atlantic City, NJ, Sept. 12 (UP)
From sunlit California beaches came the 1925 Miss America, Fay Lanphier, golden blonde from Oakland, winning the annual beauty tournament.
And so that the state in which Professor Mack Sennet led the culture and training of bathing beauties might have its cup filled to overflowing, Adrien Dore, otherwise Miss Los Angeles, received second honors.
Fay is tall and 19; Adrien short and 17. Other statistical information regarding the winner and runner-up, tending to prove that the judges who scanned the sixty-six fair entrants clad in one-piece bathing suits were not searching for a type, follows:
Miss Lamphier: Blonde hair, hazel eyes, five feet, 6 inches high, weight 138, bust 34; hips, 37 1-2; waist 26 1-2; arm, 22; thigh, 21 1-2;calf, 12 1-1; ankle, 8.
Miss Dore: Hair, brown; eyes, gray; height, five feet, 4 inches; weight, 116; bust, 33; hips, 32; waist, 25 1-2; arm, 21 1-2; thigh, 17 3-4; calf, 13 3-4; ankle 8 1-4.
Every girl in the contest received a gold or silver cup for some particular item of pulchitrude in which she excelled the others and all of them were almost as radiant as Miss California,
Miss Lanphier, who last year was an entrant from Santa Cruz, announced to those who surrounded her that she was a nice little home body of a girl, spending most of her time in a kitchen when she was not being an amateur beauty.
Mary Katherine Campbell of Columbus, Ohio, Miss America in 1922 and 1923, was given an ovation today at the distribution of prizes won during the 1925 pageant on the million dollar pier.
Miss Campbell was given the original golden mermaid trophy reported to be worth $5,000. Miss Lanphier received a replica of the trophy worth $2,000.
Trophies similar to the one given Miss Lanphier are to be awarded to Miss Margaret Gorman of Washington, D.C., winner in 1921 and Miss Ruth Malcolmson of Philadelphia, last year’s selection, who did not compete this year because she alleged “commercial” beauties were entered. Neither of the girls was in the city and the trophies will be sent to them.
Boardwalk News, September 9, 1925
The rules of the Atlantic City Pageant Committee have, until this year, provided the winner of the title Miss America should have possession of the Golden Mermaid for one year, and that it must be won three years in succession by any contest ant in order for her to retain permanent possession of the trophy. This has been changed this year and hereafter each Miss America will win a Golden Mermaid of her own. More than that, the new ruling is retroactive – that is, each of the girls who has held the coveted position of Miss America will be presented with a Golden Mermaid to keep. Miss Margaret Gorman, Miss Mary Catherine Campbell, and Miss Ruth Malcomson will therefore receive, before the end of the 1925 pageant, their own individual trophies.
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