[Left:Thelma Porter, Miss Subways of April 1948, the first woman to integrate a beauty contest in America via ETSY]
I just stumbled upon this fantastic article on Etsy, focusing on the 'Miss Subway pageant' which began in New York in the 40's. There is a book in the works and you can donate to the project here.
Also, here is a video featuring former Miss Subways. who knew that this was a thing!? Oh New York, so full of quirky surprises.