The Classic pinup collection


Definition of pinup: A pin-up girl or pin-up model is a model whose mass-produced pictures see wide appeal as pop culture. Pin-ups are intended for informal display. Pin-up girls are typically glamour models, fashion models, and actresses.

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Gil Elvgren (March 15, 1914 – February 29, 1980), born Gilette Elvgren, was an American painter of pin-up girls, advertising and illustration. Elvgren lived in various locations, and was active from the 1930s to 1970s. Today he is best known for his pin-up paintings for Brown & Bigelow. Elvgren studied at the American Academy of Art. Elvgren was one of the most important pin-up and glamour artists of the twentieth century. In addition, he was a classical American illustrator. He was a master of portraying the feminine.

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Joyce Ballantyne (April 4, 1918 – May 15, 2006) was a painter of pin-up art. She is best known as the designer of the Coppertone girl, whose swimming costume is being pulled down by a dog.  >> Click here for the gallery (10 pinups)

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Arthur Sarnoff (born 1912 in Brooklyn, New York, died 2000) was an American artist. Prior working as an illustrator, He was a member of the Society of Illustrators

His portoflio includes extensive commercial work for weekly magazines and his art appeared in a variety of advertising campaigns including Karo Syrup, Dextrose, Lucky Strike, Coors, Camay, Sal Hepatica, Listerine, Vick’s Vapo Rub, Meds, and Ipana. He also made an album cover for the American punk band Butthole Surfers. >> Click here for the gallery (10 pinups)

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Alfred Leslie Buell (1910–1996) was an American painter of pin-up art.
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Edward D’Ancona  >> Click here for the gallery (>15 pinups)

Frank Clough >> Click here for the gallery (4 pinups)

Freeman Elliot  >> Click here for the gallery (>10 pinups)

Ernest Chiraka  >> Click here for the gallery (>5 pinups)

Vaughan Alden Bass  >> Click here for the gallery (>5 pinups)

Earl Macpherson  >> Click here for the gallery (>15 pinups)

Edward Runci   >> Click here for the gallery (>20 pinups)

William ‘Bill’ Randall  >> Click here for the gallery (10 pinups)

Earl Moran  >> Click here for the gallery (>30 pinups)

Walt Otto  >> Click here for the gallery (>5 pinups)

Art Frahm  >> Click here for the gallery (>20 pinups)

Bill Medcalf  >> Click here for the gallery (<5 pinups)

Harry Bradley   >> Click here for the gallery (<5 pinups)

Zoe Mozert  >> Click here for the gallery (>10 pinups)

Billy De Vorss  >> Click here for the gallery (>30 pinups)

Jules Erbit  >> Click here for the gallery (10 pinups)

Harry Ekman  >> Click here for the gallery (>15 pinups)

Alberto Vargas (9 February 1896 – 30 December 1982) was a noted painter of pin-up girls and erotica. Vargas’ most famous piece of film work was that for the 1933 filmThe Sin of Nora Moran, which shows a near-naked Zita Johann in a pose of desperation. The poster is frequently named one of the greatest movie posters ever made. He became famous in the 1940s as the creator of iconic World War II era pin-ups for Esquire magazine known as “Vargas Girls.” The nose art of many World War II aircraft was adapted from these Esquire pin-ups.

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Fritz Willis, A multifaceted talent, Willis once even acted with Katherine Hepburn, in Alice Adams. In the late 1930s and early 1940s, he worked for Warner Brothers as a production-design and publicity artist. Read more…

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George Brown Petty IV (27 April 1894 – 21 July 1975) was an American pin-up artist. Reproductions of his work were widely rendered by military artists as nose art decorating warplanes during the Second World War, including the Memphis Belle, known as “Petty Girls”.

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Peter Driben, American pin-up artist, was perhaps one of the most productive pin-up artists of the 1940s and 1950s.

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Rolf Armstrong (1889 – 1960): American Weekly, in a 1952 article on calendar girls, called him “The Dean of Calendar Artists,” and he’s considered one of the Fathers of American “Good Girl” art. His first Brown and Bigelow work was, Dream Girl (1919), a copy of his American Weekly cover. His pastels graced advertising, magazine covers, sheet music, and of course, calendars, for over 40 years. An athletic man (he taught boxing and baseball, in addition to art), his earliest art was not pretty girls, but men of action (military, sports, old west). Like Howard Chandler Christy who started depicting heroic men, he switched to the American girl with incredible and long-lived success. His healthy, girl-next door beauties appeared on Judge, Photoplay, College Humor, Life, Every Week, Shrine, Pictorial Review, Woman’s Home Companion. Also in demand for ad art (Pepsi, Pompeian Skin Care, Oneida Silverware, Palmolive, Kissproof makeup). >> Click here for the gallery

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Robert McGinnis was elected to the Society of illustrators Hall of Fame, joining the likes of Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, Winslow Homer, Robert Peak, Frederic Remington and Frank McCarthy. He illustrated many magazine articles and more than 1200 paperback book covers (detective novels, thrillers, gothic novels, murder mysteries, romance novels, Westerns), playing a role in the pulp fiction boom in the ’60s and ’70s. He illustrated more than 40 movie posters (some of the James Bond films, Breakfast at Tiffany’s;The Odd Couple; Barbarella depicting stars such as Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Audrey Hepburn,Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Jane Fonda, Burt Reynolds, Raquel Welch and James Coburn.The artist also paints Old West scenes (one including John Wayne, which won an award), peaceful landscapes, and beautiful women.  >> Click here for the gallery

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Ted Withers (d.1964) In November 1950, at his first Brown & Bigelow cocktail party, Withers was talking with Norman Rockwell when Rolf Armstrong and Gil Elvgren arrived. These two pin-up greats were introduced to Withers, who was bowled over when Armstrong praised him as “one of America’s greatest, most versatile painters” and Elvgren, who had a keen interest in photography, added “one of the best photographers in the country”.
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