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In the 1940s, every New York subway station had a tribute to the month’s Miss Subway, a contest for glamorous young female writers. Each poster had an image of the young beauty queen next to a description of their accomplishments and life dreams. The contest existed from 1941-1976, honoring over 200 brainy beauties.

New York artist Fiona Gardner began researching the competition and soon became obsessed, gathering clues about the ladies’ schools and occupations. Gardner eventually tracked down 40 Miss Subways winners across the country who were willing to be photographed and interviewed. “Meet Miss Subways” will collaborate the untold stories of these part-time beauty queens and who they grew up to become.