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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Classic Hollywood Pin-up Photography | Early Vintage Pinups

Excerpts taken from "Va-Va-Voom! Classic Hollywood Pin-ups" by Chris Chang.

Poised somewhere between portraiture and pornography, the Hollywood pin-up sits pretty. The phrase "pin-up," in most minds, conjures a certain style of ultra-vivid illustration, associated with a certain type of magazine, catering to a specifically male clientele. From an etymological standpoint, however the word has its roots in World War II barracks, where photos of a particularly glamorous breed of woman--usually cut from the pages of publications that trafficked in such things--were pinned to walls or inside lockers.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, "pinup" first appeared as a noun in the pages of Yank magazine, which provided millions of GIs with a weekly dose of Hollywood beauties in provocative poses. Depending on who you ask, pinup can be traced to: 1) The rise of the Hollywood star system; 2) mid-to-late nineteenth-century photographs of female stage performers and 3) the fifteenth century, Mr. Guttenburg, and the birth of print media itself.

"The pin-up has always been about fantasy."

Old Vintage Pinup Girl Photos
Sennett Girls, 1915

Old Vintage Pinup Girl Photos
Mary Pickford, 1918 | Sally Rand, 1927

Old Vintage Pinup Girl Photos
Clara Bow, 1924 | Marion Martin, 1930

Classic Hollywood Pin-ups
Mae West, 1933 | Sally Rand, 1934

Classic Hollywood Pin-ups
Dorothy Lamour, 1938

Classic Hollywood Pin-ups
Janet Leigh, 1950 | Lana Turner, 1942

Classic Hollywood Pin-ups
Ann Miller, 1943 | Jayne Mansfield, 1955

Classic Hollywood Pin-ups
Elizabeth Taylor, 1948 | Jayne Mansfield, 1957

Classic Hollywood Pin-ups
Marilyn Monroe, 1953 | Esther Williams, 1953

1953: In Marilyn Monroe's mix of whimsy and sensuality, she captured the hot-to-trot girl-next-door pin-up appeal that led directly to an appearance in Playboy's first issue, in 1953.

Classic Hollywood Pin-ups
Stella Stevens, 1966 | Bo Derek, 1979

It wasn't until the decade was almost over that Farrah Fawcett was finally dethroned as 1970s pinup queen, courtesy of Bo Derek.

Classic Hollywood Pin-ups
Farrah Fawcett, 1976 | 1979

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