I could not find any further information on this “Miss Psywar” beauty contest beyond the fact that it took place in Washington state and these were four of its contestants. From the photos, especially the one with the poster below, I assume “Psywar” is short for “Psychological Warfare” which is any weapons or tactics used to influence the enemy’s mind. The poster also depicts a World War II soldier who looks to be surrounded by a radio microphone, pamphlets, typewriter and a horn loudspeaker. All of these were used in propaganda efforts during World War II and specifically for psychological warfare. With all of this in mind, “Miss Psywar” likely took place during the war.
Miss Psywar, 1940s
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