Talented Torontonian

Here’s a photograph from the September 9 1949 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of a young woman who had been crowned Miss Canada and was hoping to become Miss America.

A search turned up very little on Margaret Lynn Munn. The Wikipedia page for the 1949 Miss America contest revealed that she did indeed win a preliminary talent contest, and that she eventually finished among the top 15 contestants. But I don’t know what happened to her after that.

The winner, Jacque Mercer, was the last married Miss America winner – during her year as Miss America, she married and divorced her high school sweetheart. After that, winners had to pledge that they had never gotten married or pregnant.

It’s odd that Miss Canada got to compete in the Miss America pageant – all of the other entrants represented American states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, New York City, and “greater Philadelphia”. No other non-American contestants were invited.

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