Sunday, August 26, 2012

Pinups 3

During WW II, GIs decorated their barracks with morale-boosting snapshots of beautiful pin-up girls. This red-hot paper doll collection depicts 16 of those stars, plus an array of their most glamorous gowns, costumes, and lingerie. The delicious dolls include Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner, Susan Hayward, and other 1940s celebrities. Link below.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Amateur Beach Beauty

In the years following World War II, Tampa Bay's barrier island beaches were transformed from a sparsely populated strip to a booming vacation destination. Following the war's end, fond memories of beachside training exercises amid sand and sea attracted thousands of former G.I.s and their families to the area for vacation. This sudden outbreak of tourism caught the attention of developers, who quickly converted the lonely stretches of beach into a vacationer's paradise, complete with snazzy motels offering the latest amenities. Link below.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Thelma Todd

Thelma Alice Todd (July 29, 1906 - December 16, 1935) was an American actress. Appearing in about 120 pictures between 1926 and 1935, she is best remembered for her comedic roles in films like Marx Brothers' Monkey Business and Horse Feathers, a number of Charley Chase's short comedies, and co-starring with Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante in Speak Easily. She also had roles in Wheeler and Woolsey farces, several Laurel and Hardy films, the last of which (The Bohemian Girl) featured her in a part that was truncated by her death.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Pinups 2

This stunning, authorized collection of works by legendary illustrator Vargas includes a large number of previously unpublished paintings and drawings. This is the first book on Vargas in more than a decade. Link below the pics.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Pinups 1

A pin-up girl, also known as a pin-up model, is a model whose mass-produced pictures see wide appeal as popular culture. Pin-ups are intended for informal display, e.g. meant to be "pinned-up" on a wall. Pin-up girls may be glamour models, fashion models, or actresses.

The term pin-up may also refer to drawings, paintings, and other illustrations done in emulation of these photos (see the list of pin-up artists). The term was first attested to in English in 1941 however, the practice is documented back at least to the 1890s.

The pin-up images could be cut out of magazines or newspapers, or be from postcard or chromo-lithographs, and so on. Such photos often appear on calendars, which are meant to be pinned up anyway. Later, posters of pin-up girls were mass-produced and became an instant hit.


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Color Pinups

High quality pictures of 1950's pinup girls in beautiful Kodachrome color.