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Pin-Up  Art  &  Artists

color pinup art sampler (9 girls): top-center/doves & center/polarbear are by Elvgren          short history

books about pin-up art

pin-up artists & models
Bettie Page

movies, plays, other media

pinup posters gallery

links


The emphasis here is on the more innocent realm of calendar art from the 1940s and 1950s and even clothed & swimsuit & partially-naked
photographs from the same period. The plan is to avaid anything that might be considered 'X-rated', but since we have no control over every
page of the many books being coded here as Amazon links, please let the bookstore proprietor know about any questionable product.

"There was no problem with political correctness; feminism was decades in the future. The pin-up girl was how
girls and women wanted to look and how men and boys wanted them to look." — Louis K. Meisel




          The cavemen of antiquity probably told naughty jokes; there are also naughty Paleolithic cave paintings (mostly kept from public view, of course); there are many examples of ancient fertility totems carved in stone or made of clay; paper/papyrus drawings of such subject matter from ancient times long ago disintegrated into dust.
          The ancient Greeks produced erotic art in many forms, with numerous examples also found in Rome & Pompeii; the Kama Sutra texts were composed in India around that same time.
          Erotic woodcuts were created in XIIIth Century Japan and in Europe in the XVIth Century. The Renaissance allowed church-supported theatre to expand into popular stageplays, some of which were risque (and some more-so). One of the leaders of early French photography was arrested in Paris for selling pictures of naked women, circa 1840. Vaudeville became burlesque, and the pulp magazines of the 1930s and 1940s pushed the boundaries of what could be sold at newsstands.
          'Girlie magazines' of various types appeared, with the 'worst' sold from under the counter. Pin-up calendar art became accepted (except by busy-body church ladies), and the term 'pin-up' was coined around 1941 – World War II found Betty Grable and others painted on the noses and sides of Allied aircraft. The model Bettie Page is central to the phenomenon; during her 1950-57 photo & movie career, Bettie appeared on more magazine covers than did Marilyn Monroe!
          Hugh Hefner [1926-2017] changed everything with his Playboy Magazine, first issue December 1953 – the magazine and its 'Playboy Philosophy' was delivered via the U.S. mail, albeit in a plain brown wrapper. (Bettie Page was Playmate for January 1955.) Hefner included pinup-style cartoons and 'Little Annie Fanny', as well as full-page pin-up paintings by Alberto Vargas and others.
          The Sexual Revolution of the 1970s left pin-up art behind – Why bother with a magazine or calendar when topless bars and hippie chicks abounded, even in small towns? The art became passé because the reality became available.

          Pin-up art today has the flavor of nostalgia attached, it is something that your grandfather liked (or denies consuming). Pin-up art and burlesque are now considered an ancient artform, and the term 'retro' is often used for modern-day burlesque performances and for pin-up art used ironically in print advertising.
          But the innocent (mostly) poses and groaner punchlines still have their appeal. This page was created as an adjunct to American Nostalgia topics like The Fifties and for the Fifties-era detective novels featuring Rick Walker, Private Investigator.

'pin-up girl' entry at Wikipedia
search posters & prints on keywords 'pin-up art' & 'burlesque' at Amazon


Books  About  Pin-Up  Art  &  Burlesque
browse books about pin-up art {over 1,100 titles} at Amazon
browse books about burlesque {over 3,500 titles} at Amazon

Stolen Sweets, Cover Girls of Yesteryear book by Francis Smilby  
"Stolen Sweets: The Cover Girls of Yesteryear - Their Elegance, Charm & Sex Appeal" [1981] by Francis Smilby
Playboy Press hardcover [1981] out of print/used
1000 Pin-up Girls book by Burkhard Riemschneider  "1000 Pin-up Girls" [1983]
by Burkhard Riemschneider

Taschen 25th Anniv Edition 7½x5½ pb [2008] out of print/used
Taschen 7¼x5¾ hardcover [9/2002] out of print/used
Great American Pin-Up book by Charles G. Martignette & Louis  K. Meisel  "The Great American Pin-Up" [1996]
by Charles G. Martignette & Louis K. Meisel

Taschen Mul 12½x9½ hardcover [11/2011] for $15.70
Taschen 10½x8 hardcover [9/2002] out of print/many, many used
Taschen/B&N 12½x9½ hardcover [1999] out of print/many used
Taschen 12½x9½ hardcover [10/96] out of print/many, many used
Queens of Burlesque Vintage Photographs book by Len Rothe  
"The Queens of Burlesque: Vintage Photographs of The 1940s and 1950s" [1998]
by Len Rothe

Schiffer Pictorial Essays 10¾x8½ pb [1998] for $14.28
Stars of Burlesque Vintage Photographs book by Len Rothe  "The Bare Truth: Stars of Burlesque From The '40s and '50s" [1998]
by Len Rothe

Schiffer Pictorial Essays 11x8½ pb [4/98] for $14.59
Burlesque Legendary Stars of the Stage book by Jane Briggeman  "Burlesque: Legendary Stars of The Stage" [2004]
by Jane Briggeman

BearManor Media 2nd edition 9x6 pb [12/2011] for $26.96
Collectors Press 11¼x9¼ hardcover [9/2004] out of print/many used
Striptease Untold History of the Girlie Show book by Rachel Shteir  "Striptease: The Untold History of The Girlie Show" [2004]
by Rachel Shteir

Kindle Edition from Oxford Univ Press [2004 edition] for $16.99
Oxford Univ Press 9x6 pb [12/2005] for $30.24
Oxford Univ Press 9½x6½ hardcover [11/2004] out of print/many, many used
Jeepers Peepers! Gallery of American Pin-Up Art book edited by Louis K. Meisel  "Jeepers Peepers! A Gallery of American Pin-Up Art" [2006]
Edited & Introduction by Louis K. Meisel

Over 300 illustrations, by artists including Rolf Armstrong, Gil Elvgren, Billy DeVorss, and Zoe Mozert
Collectors Press 6½x5¼ mini-pb [6/2006] out of print/used
Burlesque Living History book by Jane Briggeman  "Burlesque: A Living History" [2009]
by Jane Briggeman

BearManor Media 8½x6 pb [10/2009] for $26.96
Pin-Up Girls of World War II book by Brett Kiser  "The Pin-Up Girls of World War II" [2013]
by Brett Kiser

Kindle Edition from BearManor Media [2/2014] for $9.95
BearManor Media 9x6 pb [9/2013] for $25.95

http://www.amazon.com/Contemporary-Illustrated-Pin-Up-Schiffer-Publishing/dp/0764342762/
http://www.amazon.com/Dian-Hansons-History-Pin-up-Magazines/dp/3836539705/
http://www.amazon.com/History-Mens-Magazines-Dian-Hansons/dp/3822826251/
http://www.amazon.com/History-Girly-Magazines-Klotz-Hanson/dp/3822828424/
http://www.amazon.com/Pin-up-Girls-Yank-Weekly-ebook/dp/B007Z585BO/
http://www.amazon.com/The-Pin-Up-Modest-History/dp/3822858552/
http://www.amazon.com/Vintage-Aircraft-Nose-Art-Photographs/dp/087938266X/

"For The Boys: The Racy Pin-Ups of World War II" [Feb 2003] by Max Allan Collins 0760314721
http://www.amazon.com/For-Boys-Racy-Pin-Ups-World/dp/1888054395/

Burlesque In a Nutshell book by Dusty Sage  "Burlesque In A Nutshell: Girls, Gimmicks & Gags" [2016]
by Dusty Sage

Kindle Edition from BearManor Media [6/2016] for $9.95
BearManor Media 9x6 pb [6/2016] for $29.95
BearManor Media 9x6 hardcover [6/2016] for $39.95


Artists  &  Models
list of pin-up artists at Wikipedia

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photographer Robert Alvarado
browse books • official website • not listed at Wikipedia

Classic Modern Pin-ups book by Robert Alvarado  "Alvarado's Classic Modern Pin-ups" [2011]
145 alluring examples of Robert Alvarado's work
Schiffer Publng 12x9¼ hardcover [10/2011] for $27.18
Pin-Up Nudes book by Robert Alvarado  "Alvarado's Pin-Up Nudes" [2013]
145 further examples of Robert Alvarado's work,
with many models sporting tattoos
Schiffer Publng 12½x9¼ hardcover [4/2013] for $28.72

artist Rolf Armstrong
http://www.amazon.com/Rolf-Armstrong-Dream-Girls-Vignettes/dp/1888054034/

artist Ben-Hur Baz [1906-2003]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben-Hur_Baz
http://www.americanartarchives.com/baz.htm

pinup painting by Ben Hur Baz of girl in big hat

Fleischer Studios' cartoon character
Betty Boop

artist Jack Cole [1914-58]
inducted into the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1991; inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1999
entry at Wikipedia

"Focus On Jack Cole" [Fantagraphics Books, 1986] by Ron Goulart
Cole biography [2003] by Art Spiegelman & Chip Kidd

Classic Pin-Up Art of Jack Cole book edited by Alex Chun  
"Classic Pin-Up Art of Jack Cole" [2004]
Edited & with Foreword by Alex Chun

Fantagraphics 10x8 pb [4/2010] for $14.48
Fantagraphics 10¼x7½ hardcover [7/2004] out of print/used

cartoonist Dan DeCarlo [1919-2001]
http://www.dandecarlo.com/

Classic Pin-Up Art of Dan DeCarlo book edited by Alex Chun  "Classic Pin-Up Art of Dan DeCarlo" [2005]
Edited & with Foreword by Alex Chun, with Jacob Covey

Fantagraphics 7½x5¾ pb [3/2005] out of print/used
"Classic Pin-Up Art of Dan DeCarlo - Volume 2" [2008]
Edited & with Foreword by Alex Chun, with Jacob Covey

Fantagraphics 8x6 pb [1/2008] for $12.98
Pin-Up Art of Dan DeCarlo book edited by Bill Morrison  "Innocence & Seduction: The Art of Dan DeCarlo" [2005]
Edited by Bill Morrison

Fantagraphics 11¾x9 hardcover [5/2006] out of print/many used

British artist Archie Dickens [1906-2004]

Pin-Up Art of Archie Dickens book  
"The Pin-Up Art of Archie Dickens" [2003 & 2005]
Volume 1: S.Q.P. 11¾x8¾ pb [7/2003] for $12.28
Volume 2: S.Q.P. 12¼x9 pb [3/2005] for $13.46

artist Gil Elvgren
http://www.amazon.com/Gil-Elvgren-Glamorous-American-Anniversary/dp/3836503050/
http://www.amazon.com/Best-Elvgren-Reid-Stewart-Austin/dp/1561401617/
http://www.amazon.com/Sexy-Girls-Pin-up-Playing-Cards/dp/B00418DLJ4/
11/2009 "Pin-up Girls II: A Tribute To Gil Elvgren" with Count Basie music [4:30] at YouTube
6/2010 "Gil Elvgren's Most Beautiful Pin Up Girls" with song "Runaround Sue" [adult signin 2:42] at YouTube

World War II pin-up Betty Grable

pinup model Lana Landis
http://www.pinterest.com/lanalandis/my-pinups/

Little Annie Fanny

artist Olivia {De Berardinis}
http://www.amazon.com/Let-Them-Cheesecake-Olivia-Vol/dp/0929643062/
http://www.amazon.com/American-Geisha-The-Art-Olivia/dp/0929643151/

iconic pin-up model (1950-57) Bettie/Betty Page [1923-2008]
official 'Bettie Page - Queen of Pinups' website • entry at Wikipedia
Spirit of America Bookstore's Bettie/Betty Page [1923-2008] Page

artist George Petty
http://www.amazon.com/Petty-The-Classic-Pin-Up-George/dp/0517201151/

artist Edward Runci
http://www.amazon.com/Pin-Up-Poster-Book-Edward-Collection/dp/1888054158/

artist Alberto Vargas [1896-1982]
Spirit of America Bookstore's 'Varga Girls' Art Pages
search for Alberto Vargas posters & prints at Amazon

artist Baron von Lind
http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Baron-von-Lind/dp/0865621349/

artist Bill Ward
http://www.amazon.com/Pin-Up-Art-Bill-Ward/dp/1560977876/

artist Bill Wenzel [1918-87]

Classic Pin-Up Art of Bill Wenzel book edited by Alex Chun  
"Classic Pin-Up Art of Bill Wenzel" [2000]
Edited & with Foreword by Alex Chun, with Jacob Covey

Fantagraphics 7½x5¾ pb [7/2000] for $17.06
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pin-up photographer Bunny Yeager
official website • Wikipedia
http://www.amazon.com/Bunny-Yeagers-Darkroom-Pin-up-Photographys/dp/0847838552/
http://www.amazon.com/Bunny-Yeagers-Bikini-Girls-1950s/dp/0764320025/
http://www.amazon.com/Bunny-Yeagers-Pin-Up-Girls-1950s/dp/0764314734/


Movies & Television,  Stageplays,  Other Media
http://www.amazon.com/Nose-Art-and-Pin-Ups/dp/B00968MBJU/
http://www.amazon.com/Vintage-Pinups-1930s-Actresses-Collection/dp/B001B8EFZQ/
http://www.amazon.com/1950s-Culture-Film-Vintage-Girls/dp/B001BA8FZA/

"Lady of Burlesque" [United Artists May 1943]
yellow poster for Lady of Burlesque 1943 movie starring Barbara Stanwyck  red DVD cover for Lady of Burlesque 1943 movie starring Barbara Stanwyck  The new attraction hired at an opera house turned burlesque show becomes the prime suspect when her two main rivals for the top spot are murdered. Produced by Hunt Stromberg; directed by William A. Wellman; adapted by James Gunn from the novel "The G-String Murders" by Gypsy Rose Lee; starring Barbara Stanwyck, Michael O'Shea, J. Edward Bromberg, Iris Adrian, Gloria Dickson, Victoria Faust, Stephanie Bachelor, Charles Dingle, Marion Martin, Pete Gordon, Frank Fenton, Pinky Lee, Frank Conroy, Lew Kelly, Claire Carleton, Janis Carter, Gerald Mohr, Bert Hanlon
Image Ent. best print? b&w DVD [5/2001] out of prodn/used
Alpha Video b&w DVD [4/2002] for $7.06
ROAN Ent. b&w DVD [5/2004] for $12.05
full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

hardcover G-String Murders mystery novel by Gypsy Rose Lee  paperback cover for G-String Murders mystery novel by Gypsy Rose Lee  "The G-String Murders: The Story of A Burlesque Girl" [1941] by Gypsy Rose Lee
Although the business of burlesque was fading away, the book by Gypsy Rose Lee was a huge hit, and United Artists took a chance on making the film; rumors that Lee's then-roommate mystery author Craig Rice 'ghost wrote' the book have been disproven by literary scholars.
Kindle Edition from Feminist Press at CUNY [8/2012] for $9.39
Feminist Press at CUNY 8x5 pb [6/2005] for $11.90
Paperback Library mass pb [1963] out of print/used
World Publng/Tower Books hardcover [1943] out of print/used

"Striporama" [indep Oct 1953]
Striporama 1953 movie poster  This film has an actual storyline: when two fans of burlesque hear that the university is preparing a time capsule of the arts that excludes burlesque, they show up at a board meeting to make their case with examples of the 'art' of burlesque. Co-produced & directed by Jerald Intrator; written by Alan Bodian; starring Georgia Sothern, Rosita Royce, Lili St. Cyr, Jack Diamond, Bettie Page (in her 'daring bubble bath scene!'), Mandy Kay, Charles Harris, Andre & Marinette, Nola Lee, Doris MacKenzie, Pat Lombard, Betty Tunell, Anne Slayton, Mr. America & 'Vicki Lynn'
Something Weird Video 70-minute color VHS [12/96] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb

"Varietease" [indep 1954]
Varietease 1954 movie poster  Very Fifties burlesque acts for the big screen (no nudity); Bettie Page acts cute putting name cards on an easel and performs several dances. (The newspaper ad from Melbourne, Australia specifies 'Strictly Adults Only' and 'Filmed in Cutie Color and Skinemascope')
Produced by Irving & Paula Klaw; starring Lili St. Cyr, Betty Page, 'Vickie Lynn', Dave Starr, Twinnie Wallen, Peppe & Roccio, Cass Franklin, Monica Lane, Bobby Shields, Baros & Rogers, Christine Nelson, and Shelley Leigh
Image Ent. color DVD [11/2000] out of prodn/used
Something Weird Video color VHS [11/93] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb • watch official trailer [1:47] at IMDb

"Teaserama" [indep 1955]
Teaserama 1955 movie poster  Very Fifties burlesque acts for the big screen (no nudity); Bettie Page acts cute putting name cards on an easel and performs several dances. Produced by Irving & Paula Klaw; starring Tempest Storm, Betty Page, Trudy Wayne, 'Vickie Lynn', Dave Starr, Joe E. Ross, Lollie Dorsen, Twinnie Wallen, Peppe & Roccio, Don Main, Cherry Knight, and Chris la Chris
27"x40" poster from Amazon for $10.49
Image Ent. color DVD [3/2012] for $19.98
Something Weird Video color VHS [11/93] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb • watch official trailer [2:17] at IMDb
watch entire movie [1:06:58] free online at Internet Archive

Irving Klaw Classics DVD box set   "The Irving Klaw Classics, Volumes 1-4" DVD Box Set [2006]
Cult Epics color/b&w DVD set [10/2006] 4 disks for $49.98
contains 68 short films on four disks: "The Bettie Page Films", "The Wrestling Films",
"The Fetish Films", and "The Dance Films"

Volume 1: "The Bettie Page Films" [2006]: 16 short films in 60 minutes
Cult Epics color/b&w DVD [10/2006] out of prodn/used
Volume 2: "The Wrestling Films" [2006] ? short films in 60 minutes
Cult Epics color/b&w DVD [10/2006] for $17.98
Volume 3: "The Fetish Films" [2006] ? short films in 90 minutes
Cult Epics color/b&w DVD [10/2006] for $9.00
Volume 4: "The Dance Films" not found on Amazon

12/2009 "Classic 50s Vintage Pin Up Art" slide show with "American Woman" song [2:25] at YouTube

"Behind The Burly Q" [First Run Features April 2010]
Behind the Burly Q documentary film  Burlesque had its roots in European commedia dell'arte and vaudeville, but by the 1920s, Americans took the comedy and embellished it with the striptease; Zemeckis contends that at its height, through the 1950s, burlesque was a pre-feminist movement offering women economic empowerment and escape from poverty. Co-produced, written & directed by Leslie Zemeckis; featuring Alan Alda, Joan Arline, Beverly Arlynne, historian Nat Bodian, Maria Bradley, Carmela, Chris Costello, Candy Cotton, Ricki Covette, author Janet M. Davis, Kelly Dinardo, Dixie Evans, White Fury, Rita Grable, Alexandra the Great '48, Sara Jacobs (curator, Museum of Sex), Daphne Lake, June Lee, Lorraine Lee, April March, Lady Midnight, Terry Mixon, Vicki O'Day, Taffy O'Neil, Dardy Orlando, T.T. Red, Mimi Reed, Lily Ann Rose, Betty Rowland, La Savona, Sequin, author Rachel Shteir, Janet Sovey, Blaze Starr, Tempest Storm, Joni Taylor, Val Valentine; with archive footage of: Sherry Britton, Lou Costello, The Hilton Sisters, Rose La Rose, Sally Rand, Lili St. Cyr & Kitty West
First Run Features widescreen color/b&w DVD [4/2011] for $16.83
full credits at IMDb • official movie site
"Behind the Burly Q: The Story of Burlesque in America" companion book [2013]
by Leslie Zemeckis, Foreword by Blaze Starr

Kindle Edition from Skyhorse Publng [5/2013] for $12.99
Skyhorse Publng 8¾x6¼ hardcover [6/2013] for $18.96

"Burlesque" [Sony Nov 2010]
poster for 2010 "Burlesque" musical film  Excellent movie musical fairy tale with several show-stoppers by Cher & Aguilera. The owner of the Burlesque Lounge on the Sunset Strip fends off endless artistic and financial challenges, including pressure to sell out to a developer, but things start to improve when she hires a farm girl as a waitress and discovers that the girl is extremely talented • Written & directed by Steven Antin; cinematography by Bojan Bazelli; starring Cher, Christina Aguilera, Kristen Bell, Cam Gigandet, Stanley Tucci, Peter Gallagher & Eric Dane; won Golden Globe & Satellite Awards for Best Original Song
Screen Gems widescreen color Blu-ray/DVD combo [3/2011] 2 disks for $14.99
Screen Gems widescreen color DVD [3/2011] for $9.96
R.C.A. soundtrack CD [11/2010] 10 tracks for $9.99
full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia • official movie site

"Burlesque! A DVD Documentary" [indep 2011]
Burlesque! DVD documentary  Appears to contain a one-hour compilation of video clips, plus the 67-minute
"Teaserama" [1955] as above; listed participants include Fantima, Rose la Rose,
Jenny Lee, 'Vicki Lynn', Betty Page, Sally Rand, Blaze Starr • not listed on IMDb
Always Above Average Ent. color/b&w DVD [3/2011] for $25.00

"Lady Burlesque" TV talent show [Italy/Sky Uno June 2011]
Participants include redheaded Giulia Di Quilio • bare show credits at IMDb


Pinup  Posters  Gallery
search posters & prints on keywords 'pin-up art' & 'burlesque' at Amazon


L i n k s
'pin-up girl' entry at Wikipedia
browse books about pin-up art {over 1,100 titles} at Amazon
browse books about burlesque {over 3,500 titles} at Amazon
search posters & prints on keywords 'pin-up art' & 'burlesque' at Amazon

The Pinup Ring [est. 1999] at WebRing {26 member sites in 2013}
Kate's 'The Pinup Portal' [est. 2004] website based in U.K.
Kate's 'Donovan's Darlings' [est. 2000] website based in U.K.
Divina's 'Pinup Directory' website & blog [est. 2010] based in Southern California
KF's Mutoscope Pin-Up World [est. 2010] based in New York


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