Pin up girls

Who knew she’d soon be the most beautiful woman in the world?

Who knew she’d soon be the most beautiful woman in the world?

Norma Jean Dougherty (who later became Marilyn Monroe) photographed for US Army magazine YANK on June 26 1945. There’s no doubting that Norma Jean is very pretty but it’s hard to see how she transformed to the iconic star and pin up queen she became later… See other YANK pinup girls here

Pin up photo of Ziegfeld Follies girl, 1920

Pin up photo of Ziegfeld Follies girl, 1920

Pin up photo of Ziegfeld Follies girl, Lee Worthing, taken by Alfred Cheney Johnston in 1920. Source and copyright:This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) before January 1, 1923. Edited with BlogPad Pro

WWII army pinup girls

WWII army pinup girls

During World War 2 all of the big Hollywood stars posed for pin up photos to raise the morale of the troops. The official US Army magazine was called YANK (is it just me that finds that funny?) Lots of the big silver screen starlets of the time are here: Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Rita(…)

The pin up girl – 7 of the best

The pin up girl – 7 of the best

Pin up girls or cheesecake models have been popular since the early 20th century – here are my pick of my favourites and the most influential. Betty Grable Betty Grable was one of the most popular pin up girls during WW2. Famed for having the best legs in Hollywood her pin up photos were a(…)

Pin up girl Bettie Page

Pin up girl Bettie Page

The wonderful ‘Queen of Pinups’ Bettie Page who died on this day in 2008.

Ziegfeld Follies girl Caja Eric

Ziegfeld Follies girl Caja Eric

Portrait of Ziegfeld Follies girl Caja Eric wearing a low cut dress with long pearl drop necklace, 1920s 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

1920s Follies girl Drucilla Strain

1920s Follies girl Drucilla Strain

A strking portrait of 1920s Ziegfeld Follies girl, Drucilla Strain. 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.

50s pin up Betty Brosmer and Nerina Orton (and the trend for tiny waists)

50s pin up Betty Brosmer and Nerina Orton (and the trend for tiny waists)

I saw a newspaper article yesterday about student and part-time Burlesque dancer Nerina Orton and her tiny 15.7″ waist and it reminded me of 50s pin up and model Betty Brosmer.  Her waist was 18″, which is definitely tiny, but it made me realise just how small Nerina’s waist is. Apparently the world record for(…)

Ziegfeld Follies girl by Alfred Cheney Johnston

Ziegfeld Follies girl by Alfred Cheney Johnston

Ziegfeld Follies girl Drucilla Strain photographed by Alfred Cheney Johnston Source and copyright: This media file is in the public domain in the United States. This applies to U.S. works where the copyright has expired, often because its first publication occurred prior to January 1, 1923.