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[ 38 ] January 21, 2013 |

Miss Idaho Potato, 1935.

Everyone needs some weirdness in the evening.


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  1. Barry Freed says:


  2. Laughing Loafer says:

    I’d mash that.

  3. trollhattan says:

    Once you get that crown, it’s all gravy from then on. Do the krazy kidz still do mashups?

  4. DocAmazing says:

    David Lynch directing Jenna Jameson.

  5. FlipYrWhig says:

    I think this was Sam Mendes’ first idea for the Mena Suvari fantasy sequence in _American Beauty_.

  6. Vance Maverick says:

    The things models have to put up with. Posing naked with a snake, caged like wild animals, or buried in potatoes. At least she’s showing enough (a spark of subversion?) to make it clear she’s not actually naked under there.

  7. red_cted says:

    Those actually are some incredible spuds. Just sayin’.

    Plus, she looks nicely Native American, which would be an interesting choice for Idaho circa 1935.

    • john says:

      “she looks nicely Native American”

      Really? Not any Native American I’v ever seen.

    • LeeEsq says:

      I thought that she looks kind of Native American to but there are some European features as well. Maybe one parent was Native American and the other one cracker.

    • Lurker says:

      Yes, especially because the pre-WWII beauty contests usually had a very clearly expressed social agenda. They were often touted as semi-scientific events whereby the racial ideal of womankind could be found. Miss Idaho Potato, whom I personally find very beautiful, is clearly not the type that would be characterised as the “ideal” of the American (White, Protestant, Anglo-Saxon) woman of the time.

      As Vance above, I also find the piece of cloth visible very intriguing. Why? Is that a photographer’s mistake or is it intentional? Is it subversion or a signal to the religious folks that this woman is not naked? Is it to protect the model from scorn?

    • DrDick says:

      Looks more Asian to me. Used to be lots of Chinese and some Japanese up here in the norther Rockies.

    • Keaaukane says:

      With those pointed ears, she clearly has some Elf blood in her.

    • Dave says:

      Jings, about the only thing you can tell about her from that pic is that she’s neither blonde nor Black; and if it’s as underexposed as it might be, she could still be blonde. She could even be Black, and passing. But you can’t tell from a photo.

      Fascinating to see how close to the surface the urge for racial categorisation can be.

  8. Joey Maloney says:

    “You told me that if I put a potato in my swim trunks it would impress the girls, but it didn’t work.”

    “You’re supposed to put the potato in front, idiot!”

    • LeeEsq says:

      Its the Native American equivalent of a cod piece.

    • Halloween Jack says:

      So Hitler shows up at the masquerade ball wearing nothing but a hollowed-out spud as a codpiece. Nobody dares to ask him about it until Goering has had enough booze and morphine to not care about the repercussions, and has to know what the Fuehrer is supposed to be. “Why, a dick-tater, of course!”

      Ah, to be in the fifth grade again.

  9. rea says:

    Her own private Idaho …

  10. MR Bill says:

    Freud might say: “Sometimes a potato is just a spud…”

  11. Snarki, child of Loki says:

    If the lady is still alive, she’d be in her late 90’s now, and I bet she’d really appreciate the complements that she’s getting today.

  12. actor212 says:

    She’s got a nice grip on that stud spud.

  13. Halloween Jack says:

    Rule 34, oldskool stylee.

  14. Njorl says:

    She looks like “Kaylee” from Firefly (Jewel Staite).

  15. Dano says:

    Retronaut is in myh RSS feed, love that site.



  16. Chunklets says:

    Does anyone know who she actually is (or was)?

  17. […] discussed the 1935 Idaho Potato Queen here in the past. But she didn’t exist in a vacuum. Food related royalty has long been a thing in the U.S. […]

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