"Queen of the Air Race Contest...1953. Taranaki Contestants Misses S. Hardy, M. O'Neil, R. Dempsey [and] S. Flanigan."
Taranaki contestants of the Queen of the Air Race Competition from 1953. The International competition was run to to find young women who were potentially suitable candidates to become Air Hostesses. They were judged on their good character and common sense, and the woman crowned Queen would recieve 100 pounds worth of clothing, other awards, and the offer of becoming a Hostess. Individual towns were encouraged to run their own competition to find a contestant to represent them. From left to right are S. Hardy, M. O'Neil, R. Dempsey and S. Flanigan. They are all wearing skirts with jackets and gloves, and each woman is holding a purse. They are standing in front of a counter with a large doll on it. Behind them are shelves with a range of toys on them.
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