Pin up girls

Ziegfeld girl draped in pearls

Ziegfeld girl draped in pearls

Ziegfeld Follies girl draped in velvet and long stings of pearls photographed by Alfred Cheney Johnston, 1920s. Isn’t she lovely?

“May I make you a star?”

“May I make you a star?”

Actress, singer, and dancer Ruby Keeler was born Ethel Hilda Keeler in Canada, 1910. She became a Ziegfeld Follies girl after receiving a  note from Flo Ziegfeld, who sent her bunch of roses and a  charming note asking “May I make you a star?”.

Judy Garland looking sexy…

Judy Garland looking sexy…

It’s strange I suppose, but I never really thought about Judy Garland as being sexy. I think my image of her was fixed at the point she played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, especially since I watched that movie so much growing up! These, however are undeniably smouldering publicity photos of her. Doesn’t she(…)

10 things you didn’t know about Rita Hayworth

10 things you didn’t know about Rita Hayworth

Best known for her performance in Gilda, Rita Hayworth was one of the 1940s most famous (and one of my all time favourite) movie stars. I certainly didn’t know all of these facts, so I’d love to know how many are new to you too! Rita Hayworth was born Margarita Carmen Cansino in Brooklyn, New(…)

Pin up girls at a Navy dance during WW2

Pin up girls at a Navy dance during WW2

Beautifully dressed pin-up girls waiting to be asked to dance at the NAS Seattle Spring Formal Dance in 1944. Who could resist such beautiful smiles? No wonder a dance with one of these ladies would raise the morale of the Navy!

1920s monokini (topless swimsuit)

1920s monokini (topless swimsuit)

I thought the topless swimsuit was invented by Rudi Gernreich in the 1960s, but apparently a slightly baggier version was around in the 1920s! This monokini was worn by Guna Mori, a Follies Bergere girl. Apologies for the size of the photo, I couldn’t find a higher-res photo! Which version do you prefer this one,(…)

Barbara Stanwyck when she was in the Ziegfeld Follies

Barbara Stanwyck when she was in the Ziegfeld Follies

Before she got into movies, Barbara Stanwyck spent a couple of years working as a Ziegfeld Follies showgirl. This photo looks like it is from this period, which would be 1922 and 1923. I wonder whether it’s by Alfred Cheney Johnston who was the main photographer for the Ziegfeld girls throughout the 1920s. Source and(…)

The best legs in Hollywood: a photo tribute to Betty Grable’s legs

The best legs in Hollywood: a photo tribute to Betty Grable’s legs

Betty Grable’s legs, who were insured by Lloyds of London for a whopping $1 million. I can’t think of any other actress who was photographed as much just from the waist down! These photos were all from the 1940s, but mostly 1943. Can you see what all the fuss was about? Source and copyright: This(…)

Queen of the tiny waist: Betty Brosmer

Queen of the tiny waist: Betty Brosmer

1950s glamour girl and pin up Betty Brosmer who had the amazing hourglass figure of: 38-18-36 (inches). Her she has the most tiny waist, I know a lot more clothes were handmade in the fifties, but wow it would be hard to dress to figure like that off the peg! Source and copyright: BettyBrosmer.com Edited with BlogPad(…)

1940 bikini

1940 bikini

Publicity photo of Adele Mara wearing a polka dot bikini for Argentinean Magazine. Source and copyright: This work is in the public domain in that it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 and without a copyright notice.

Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield

Actress and pin up girl Jayne Mansfield with Barry Coe from the television program I’ll Follow the Sun, 1962.

WWII pin up photo of Sherry Britton

WWII pin up photo of Sherry Britton

Pin up photo of Sherry Britton wearing a fabulous bikini dress from the December 1945  issue of Yank, the Army Weekly, a weekly U.S. Army magazine.

Betty Grable’s famous WWII pinup

Betty Grable’s famous WWII pinup

This photo of Betty Grable from 1943 was the most popular pin up photo for American GIs during WWII. You can see the other WWII pin ups here Source and copyright: This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1963 and although there may or(…)

Atomic dancer

Atomic dancer

An “atomic pin-up girl” dancing in front of a (stemless) mushroom cloud. This photo was taken at Upshot-Knothole Dixie on 6th April 1953. I’m assuming somebody thought it was a good idea to photograph a pin-up shoot in from of an Nuclear test, but it all seems very strange now. I guess attitudes were very different in(…)