Florida Memories

Working with the Florida archives I take a lot of time looking through and examining photos that are rich in heritage, cliche and subtle clues to lives in the past. These particular images are of florida beauty queens. Florida has a heritage of naming beauty queens after areas and there industries, Cigar Queen in Tampa, Citrus Queen in Indian River, Spud Queen in Hastings. I constantly wonder what is it that drives these women in the pretty clothes, and crowns, and who planned these photos, who told her how to pose, how to carry herself.