A brief history of pin-up girls

It doesn’t matter whether you like pin-up girls or not, they leave no one untouched. Pin-up girls tell us the story of how war, markets, and sexuality shape society and norms. The influence of pin-up art is still pretty strong. Let’s enjoy that era and find out some interesting facts about it!

Beginning in the early 19th century, pin-up modeling had "theatrical origins". It is connected with burlesque performers and actresses, whose appearance was often used for photographic advertisement.

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Lee Miller
Ah the good ole days when it was socially acceptable for men to find women visually attractive. Now it's a crime. I remember those good ole days and yes they were much better than today when we bend to every complaint and demand of people who are permanently offended by everything except being as offensive as possible to everyone else around them. Climbing down from my soap box and dragging my knuckles back to my cave.
Dec 21, 2019 4:34PM
Joy Holbrook
These clothed women have much more allure than the almost naked, plastic princesses of today.
Dec 24, 2019 3:53PM
I agree with you Lee Miller. Things was much simpler back in the day when seeing a beautiful woman wasn’t a crime. Nowadays you can’t even compliment a woman on how attractive she is without being sexually inappropriate. I do agree there are some of us men that might take things a little too far and that’s why societal norms had to change.
Dec 21, 2019 5:35PM
Linda Seifert
They served a purpose and made a statement. They were a welcome distraction for the "boys in service". One cannot see a pinup poster without thinking about WWll. I think they were cute, along with Rosie the Riveter, they made a statement.
Jan 12, 2020 10:25AM
Don Agey
First there was the Victorian corset and clothes covering everything. Then the revolution where clothes covered almost nothing (I liked that era!). Then everything changed and now you cannot have an honest conversation about anything without considering the consequences should you say something not cleared by whatever oversight committee. Well, I enjoy Pin-Up a
Jan 17, 2020 6:26PM
Barb Schmidt
came along in 74 and am a woman. I may be off as say there is nothing wrong with being a woman or a man (and there is so much nonsense being forced but wont go there) and only real thing that should be fixed is if doing the exact same job, pay should be same. Men and women have different bodies, and some things can and will never be the same (weight lifting for eg). As a woman, what is wrong with men enjoying these pics or women enjoying pics of men ??? Somethings from the past should never have gone...seems somethings of the not so good past is back and going beyond....i will not be offended by complements and even truths being told, we are all human and should agree to disagree and just go on living and pics like this remind you of this, you can not change the past, you can add to it as others do have different experiences of said nice if all learned from past...hope you all have a wonderful day/night where ever you are
Jun 2, 2021 8:53PM
you know it brother !!
Feb 9, 2021 11:07AM
Lee Miller, I totally agree.
Sep 4, 2020 5:33PM
Joy Holbrook, My Dad went to art school years ago and said painting naked women was not as exciting as painting those partially nude.
Sep 4, 2020 5:32PM
My favorite pin up of the day was Bettie Page
May 26, 2020 4:44PM
Margaret Tokeley
Well saidLee Miller,
May 10, 2020 11:39AM
Jennifer James
If it kept the lads happy on the front line no harm was done
Apr 29, 2020 5:56PM
Jeannie Kligman
My ambition in the 50’s was to be a pin up girl... and be gorgeous. 👗👠
Apr 15, 2020 8:42PM
Darlene Davidson
The pin-up girls were good for morale, especially the ones on the prison wall in The Shawshank Redemption.
Mar 5, 2020 4:48PM
Lindsay Fussell
birthdayboy, glad to know that you've got the inside track into God's mind. I'd say He must have had it in his mind to make certain men attractive to women as well so they could pick the man they'd like to be with. I'd be fine with Brad Pitt.
Feb 3, 2020 11:41PM
Lindsay Fussell
Carroll Price, you said Ridgid Tool- heh-heh-heh! (cue Beavis and Butthead image)
Feb 3, 2020 11:36PM
Robert Pundt
As an almost teen, in the early 50's I remember my brother in law was selling a 12 pack of card sized pin ups for extra income. He was an artist, but I never knew if any of the artwork was his?
Jan 25, 2020 9:21PM
Belinda Clark Albright, Try selling on eBay, you can put a reserve price on it so it does not sell for less than you would like. Just make sure you describe the item accurately so if months are missing people will know and some will still want it.
Jan 13, 2020 4:40PM
Linda Seifert
Joy Holbrook, Today's young women, especially, go around half naked is right. They even wear pajamas to the store. Disgusting.
Jan 12, 2020 10:28AM

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