I found a print of this photo a few years ago in the Houston Chronicle archive. Nothing else accompanied it. No date, no clue as to who these kids were, nothing. The only thing we know is that it was taken outside the Houston Chronicle building at the corner of Texas and Travis and – judging by the children's clothes – it was winter. These kids don't appear to be poor, either.
They carried titles like Miss Transportation, Miss Houston Air Defense, Miss Blueprint and Miss Sandwich. They wore sashes, cut ribbons, shared a stage with celebrities and — for a select few — saw a world beyond the borders of Harris County. These were the beauty queens of Houston, during pageants' midcentury peak. Beauty contests go back to the 19th century, long before the first Miss America pageant in 1921, says Kathy Peiss, professor of American History at the University of Pennsylvania.
Written by Dutch-born playwright and author JAN DE HARTOG and published in 1964, The Hospital exposed the horrible conditions at Jefferson Davis Hospital in Houston’s Fourth Ward. In 1962, de Hartog and his wife Marjorie settled in Houston. Shortly after their arrival, the de Hartogs learned from acquaintances that help was needed to feed the newborns at Jefferson Davis Hospital. Because of a staffing shortage, hours would sometimes go by before the babies were fed.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".