1923 Miss America Pageant 1st Runner-Up Trophy - Brooklyn Kid Makes Good
Iconic and early, from only the third Miss America pageant ever, this massive and magnificent trophy (19.5") was presented to Ethelda Kerrin (Kenvin). From gangly kid from the "Neighborhood" to "Miss Brooklyn" all the way to the Miss America Pageant and then the Ziegfeld Follies star, this was a ride on the roller-coaster of life for the "Brooklyn Babe." The winner, Mary Campbell's, toughest adversary in the 1923 competition was the red-headed beauty Ethelda Kerrin and the only reason she lost was the ensuing scandal when it was determined she was married to a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball player. The pageant was in it's infancy, and pageant rules had not yet banned married contestants from the competition. This loving cup trophy is of an imposing size, of an elegant design, with silver roman floral work and handles on either side. This classic pageant trophy is engraved "Atlantic City Pageant 1923 Second Prize Rolling Chair Parade Boardwalk Hotels Won By." The trophy was given out on the spot and never engraved with the winners' name, as none are. Comprised of silver plate, the flaws are extremely minor, a couple innocuous dings, few scratches and a few tiny areas where the plate has worn, overall EX to EX+. Also included is a framed photo display of the Rolling Chair Parade. The Parade itself was the predecessor to the Miss America parade and was a summer event coveted by all Jersey Shore goers. The trophy actual mentions the "Rolling Chair Parade." Remember, this is a period before airplanes, air conditioning, movies and television, so the highlight of the summer for the bourgeois and the middle class was going "down the shore" for relief from the heat and fun in the sun. The Type I photos are framed of Mary Campbell and Ethelda Kerrin and overall display measures 18x25" and in EX+ condition.