Vintage Pin-Up Art

Gil Elvgren.
Many of his pin-ups were reproduced as nose art on military aircraft during World War II.

Innocent Smiles

Cigarette Girl by Al Moore

Miss Nassau by Pearl Frush 1947

I’m Not Shy, I’m Just Retiring by Gil Elvgren 1947

In the Library

Elegant Woman in Library — Edouard Gelhay, c. 1800

Hold Everything (aka Rare Edition) – Gil Elvgren, 1962

Maid Reading in the Library — Edouard John Mentha

Peter Driben


Gil Elvgren

Gil Elvgren.

Thursday: Gil Elvgren

Gil Elvgren.

Elvgren was a commercial success. He lived in various locations, and was active from the 1930s to 1970s. In 1951 he began painting in a studio in his home, then in Winnetka, Illinois, using an assistant to set up lighting, build props and scenes, photograph sets, and prepare his paints. (Read more)

A Glimpse of Stocking: 2 of 6

A rather appropriate piece of art for our “Glimpse of Stocking” posts from Gil Elvgren.

Friday: 2 of 6

Janet Rae – a Gil Elvgren model.

Artist and illustrator Gil Elvgren painted an all-American brand of “cheesecake” pictures of sexy, idealised calendar girls during the advertising heyday of the Fifties and Sixties.
Along with Alberto Vargas and George Petty, Elvgren created an era of sensual, hyper-feminine images.
Elvgren Girls are always beautiful, with an expression of innocent surprise as something beyond their control, such as a breeze, lifts their skirts to give an eyeful of shapely legs in stockings and suspenders.
These women, with their nipped-in waists, D-cup busts, long legs (always in heels), big blue eyes with pouting red lips, both catered to and informed the desires of American men for 40 years.
Yet these larger-than-life beauties weren’t dredged from Elvgren’s fantasies but from real life. (Read more)

A Glimpse of Stocking: 2 of 6