I like the hairstyles seen in the DuMont Miss Television Network Beauty contest held at the Chicago Fair in 1950. The MC is hilariously smarmy, and Miss New Orleans TV's saucy tap dance routine (about 10 minutes in) was likely to have raised network censors' blood pressure a point or two. Miss Los Angeles's Afro-Cuban dance (about 23 minutes in) is also not to be missed.
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. Come and hear Mark speak at the ALA conference in Chicago on July 1.