If you've spent any time in an antique mall you've probably seen plenty of images of vintage pin-ups. In the late 19th century burlesque dancers would often use photographs as business cards to promote themselves. These advertisements could often be found "pinned-up" on walls or stuck into mirror frames. Later, famous actresses in early 20th century film were photographed or even drawn and put on posters to be sold for entertainment purposes. One of the most popular early pin-ups was Betty Grable, whose photo could often be found in the lockers of G.I.s during World War II.
Betty Grable's famous pin-up photo
Later many pin-up girls were illustrated and depicted idealized version of what some thought a beautiful woman should look like. Unlike the photographed pin-ups of generations earlier, fantasy gave artists the freedom to draw women in many different ways. Many of these drawings were featured in men's magazines such as Esquire and Playboy.
Some of the most famous Pin-Ups include:
Bettie Page - Often referred to as the "Queen of Pin-Ups"
Vargas Girls - Pin-Ups drawn by Alberto Vargas, they were adapted as nose art for WWII bombers
Ava Gardner - An American actress nicknames "MGM Girl"
Rita Hayworth - Her famous pose ended up as the 2nd most popular pin-up picture of World War II
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