Monday, December 18, 2017
Human Interest

From the archives: Miss Florida Awakens from Her Dream (July 14, 1958)

Here are some classic photos from the archives of the Tampa Bay Times. All four of these images were published in the July 14, 1958 edition of the St. Petersburg Times, accompanying an article on the newly crowned Miss Florida, Dianne Tauscher, and the very busy week she (and her Mom) spent in Sarasota following her selection.

Photo by Ted Newhall

HIGH ON A LADDER ... of success at the Circus Hall of Fame in Sarasota is Miss Florida of 1958, Dianne Tauscher, Orlando. Aerialist Dick Anderson encourages her climb.

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HIGH ON A LADDER ... of success at the Circus Hall of Fame in Sarasota is Miss Florida of 1958, Dianne Tauscher, Orlando. Aerialist Dick Anderson encourages her climb.

Photo by Ted Newhall

NEW FRIEND ... for Dianne is Pedro, 60-year-old Macaw inhabitant of Sarasota's Jungle Gardens.

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NEW FRIEND ... for Dianne is Pedro, 60-year-old Macaw inhabitant of Sarasota's Jungle Gardens.

Photo by Ted Newhall

MISS FLORIDA OF 1958 ... gets a helping hand from her mother while freshening up between takes at Herb Field's Colony Beach Club, Longboat Key, where she posed for some magazine covers.

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MISS FLORIDA OF 1958 ... gets a helping hand from her mother while freshening up between takes at Herb Field's Colony Beach Club, Longboat Key, where she posed for some magazine covers.

Photo by Ted Newhall

DELIGHTFUL TASTE TREAT ... was in store for Miss Florida when she sampled her first Lychee fruit in the Viking Room of the Azure Tides Hotel on Lido Beach. The Florida Lychee Growers have named her Miss Lychee Queen.

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You can read the original 1958 article in our Google News Archive.

Editor's note: Tauscher did not go on to win the title of Miss America 1959. That honor went to Mary Ann Mobley. Anita Bryant was 2nd runner-up that year.

Tim Rozgonyi

Twitter: @timrozgonyi

e-mail: [email protected]

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