Nose art on airplanes first became popular during WW1 when German airmen (or rather their ground-crews) started painting a mouth and teeth onto nose cones, rather like Moby Dick below. In fact a shark-face design is still painted on nose-cones of military aircraft today. During World War II the military didn’t allow nose-art, but was(…)
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15 Real-Life World War 2 Pin Up Girls
During World War 2, the American Magazine for GI’s (called YANK would you believe?) featured a number of fabulous pin-ups to help boost morale of the troops. Many were big cinema stars like Rita Hayworth, Betty Grable and Ingrid Bergman (waving below) but, however famous, all of them were fabulous.
1950s Style Icons: Jayne Mansfield
Jayne Mansfield was an iconic bombshell of the 50s and 60s and was known as the ‘Working Man’s Monroe‘. She was a master of self-publicity and pioneered the use of the wardrobe malfunction to raise her profile. “A forty-one inch bust and a lot of perseverance will get you more than a cup of coffee-a(…)
Quotes: Bettie Page on Fashion
I never kept up with the fashions. I believed in wearing what I thought looked good on me – Bettie Page I watched the movie The Notorious Bettie Page last night. I didn’t know much about Bettie Page’s life before watching it, and it was very interesting to learn a bit more about America in(…)
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!
So What Size WAS Marilyn Monroe…? Marilyn’s (& Other Movie Stars) Measurements
Marilyn Monroe’s measurements There’s a lot of discussion about whether Marilyn Monroe really was a size 16, and whether that was a US size 16 or a UK size 16, so I thought I’d look into it in more depth and see what I could find out. Like most women (with perhaps the exception of(…)
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(…)
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
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(…)
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
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
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
The wonderful ‘Queen of Pinups’ Bettie Page who died on this day in 2008.
The 10 best pin up dresses
These are my 10 favourite pin up dresses! Whether you wear Rockabilly-style with tatoos and lots of attitude or cute and sexy with just a slick of red lipstick. I love all ten of these dresses. If I had to choose though think I would pick the With Only a Wink Dress. What do you(…)
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(…)
50s pin up girl Betty Brosmer
The wonderful fifties pin up girl Betty Brosmer with her 18″ waist – wow!
How did 1950s models get such tiny waists? The low down on waist training
I’ve often marvelled at the different body shapes which have been in fashion over the decades: from the skinny boyish figure of the 1920s and 1960s to the fabulous hourglass figures of the 1950s. It also got me wondering why people don’t look like that today. Above: 1950s model and pinup Betty Brosmer. Image courtesy(…)
Win a Vintage Pin Up Photo Shoot
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED, WE HAVE ANNOUNCED THE WINNER HERE. YOU CAN SEE OUR CURRENT COMPETITION HERE. This weeks fantastic competition prize is being offered by Frisking The Whiskers, an East London based photography studio who specialise in quality vintage glamour and 1950s pin up photography. Frisking the Whiskers are a team of photographers(…)