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The Miss Reingold Era, a reminder of the narrowness of times gone by

The Miss Reingold Era, a reminder of the narrowness of times gone by

history, memoir, racism
"I remember running from store to store, grabbing as many ballots as I could. In the neighborhood there sure wasn't talk about the election for mayor or governor ... but when it came to the Miss Rheingold Contest, everybody was involved. The talk was all about it. Everybody talked about it ... and everybody voted." John Corrado, resident of East Harlem, New York City during the 1940s and 1950s. As quoted by Will Anderson in his book, From Beer to Eternity Originally published in Brooklyn. Times have changed, and therein lies a joy. Let's hope we don't go back to the narrowness of these days. Resist. The voting every year for Miss Rheingold was a huge event in Brooklyn ... in all the five boroughs in fact. It is said that more people voted for Miss Rheingold than any elections ot