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Miss America 1942 Jo-Carroll Dennison

Miss America 1942 - Jo-Carroll Dennison (TX)

Jo-Carroll Dennison, Miss America 1942, played "Dorothy Ross" in "Winged Victory" (1944).

Original Caption: "SHE CAN SING, TOO - Even in wartime, that lucky little group of fellows got together in Atlantic City last month, looked over America's lovliest gals, and chose Jo Carroll Dennison, a flashing-eyed beauty from Tyler, Texas, as Miss America 1942. The judges said they also like Jo's rendition of "Deep in the Heart of Texas." Frances Burke, Miss America 1940, does the crowning." (CBI Roundup, Vol. I, No. 7, Delhi, Thursday, October 29, 1942)

LIFE Magazine--Miss America of 1942 Mrs. Russell Stoneham, formerly Jo-Carroll Dennison. Location: CA, US Date taken: August 1959 Photographer: Allan Grant

Miss Memphis 1947, Miss America 1947, Barbara Jo Walker Hummel

Miss America 1947, Barbara Jo Walker (third from left)

Barbara Jo Walker, Miss America 1947, was the last Miss America to be crowned in a swimsuit. She was also the last pageant contestant to represent just a city rather than an entire state (Miss Memphis).

Miss America differs much from how it started, but the swimsuit aspect of the competition still remains