Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas 1950

A look at Christmas back in the 1950's

As the spirit of Christmas unites all humanity, men and women everywhere reaffirm their faith in the brotherhood of man

Stylish dress 50's

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Glamour of Stockings

The Age of Glamour - Stockings 20s to the 50s
Clips courtesy of Prelinger archive

Carole Lombard: The Early Years

Lombard was born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Her parents were Frederick C. Peters (1875-1935) and Elizabeth Knight (1877-1942). Her paternal grandfather, John Claus Peters, was the son of German immigrants, Claus Peters and Caroline Catherine Eberlin.[citation needed] Lombard was the youngest of three children, having two older brothers. She spent her early childhood in a sprawling, two-story house at 704 Rockhill Street in Fort Wayne, near the St. Mary's River.

Her father had been injured during his early life and was left with constant headaches which caused him to burst out in paroxysms of anger which disturbed the family. Her parents divorced and her mother took the three children to Los Angeles in 1914, where Lombard attended Virgil Jr. High School and then Fairfax High School. She was elected "May Queen" in 1924. She quit school to pursue acting full-time, but graduated from Fairfax in 1927. Lombard was a second generation Bahá'í who formally enrolled in 1938.

Lombard made her film debut at the age of twelve after she was seen playing baseball in the street by director Allan Dwan; he cast her as a tomboy in A Perfect Crime (1921). In the 1920s, she worked in several low-budget productions credited as 'Jane Peters', and then later as 'Carol Lombard'. Her friend Miriam Cooper helped Lombard land small roles in her husband Raoul Walsh's films.In 1925, she was signed as a contract player with Fox Film Corporation (which merged with Daryl Zanuck's Twentieth Century Productions in 1935). She also worked for Mack Sennett and Pathé Pictures. She became a well-known actress and made a smooth transition to sound films, starting with High Voltage (1929). In 1930, she began working for Paramount Pictures after having been dropped from both Twentieth Century and Pathé.

Lombard was originally given roles that would help to bolster the reputations of her leading men. It was not until 1934 that her career began to take off. That year, director Howard Hawks noticed that Lombard had something that perhaps had not been unleashed on film. He hired her for his next film, Twentieth Century, alongside stage legend John Barrymore. Lombard was at first terrified to be working alongside such a star and it was not until Hawks took her aside and threatened to fire her that she permitted her fiery personality to show on the screen. The film brought Lombard a level of fame.

Eartha Kitt 50s star

Kitt was born Eartha Mae Keith on a cotton plantation in the town of North, South Carolina, a small town in Orangeburg County near Columbia, South Carolina.
Kitt began her career as a member of the Katherine Dunham Company and made her film debut with them in Casbah (1948). A talented singer with a distinctive voice, her hits include "Let's Do It", "Champagne Taste", "C'est si bon", "Just an Old Fashioned Girl", "Monotonous", "Je cherche un homme", "Love for Sale", "I'd Rather Be Burned as a Witch", "Uska Dara", "Mink, Schmink", "Under the Bridges of Paris", and her most recognizable hit, "Santa Baby", which was released in 1953. Kitt's unique style was enhanced as she became fluent in the French language during her years performing in Europe. Her English-speaking performances always seemed to be enriched by a soft French feel. She had some skill in other languages too, which she demonstrates with finesse in many of the live recordings of her cabaret performances.

Awards and nominations

1960 Hollywood Walk of Fame – 6656 Hollywood Boulevard.[20]
2001 Annie Award for Best Voice Acting by a Female Performer in a Featured Film – The Emperor's New Groove
2007 Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production – The Emperor's New School
2007 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program – The Emperor's New School
2008 Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production – The Emperor's New School
2008 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program – The Emperor's New School


1966 Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Drama – I Spy
1978 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical – Timbuktu!
1996 Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Living Single
2000 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical – The Wild Party
2000 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical – The Wild Party


Friday, December 4, 2009

Pin Up Girl Tattoos - Guide to Choosing a Design

So you're looking for pin up girl tattoos? They're something else, that's for sure. These tattoos are an expression of the beauty of females. I really like these kind of tattoos, as it's far from generic. Read on to learn more about these tattoos, and where to find the best designs.
It's much more common to get cartoon like illustrations instead of tattoos that depict real girls. These illustrations are often of a nice looking woman with exaggerated proportions posing in various positions. You can make these more interesting by using a certain theme for your pin up girl. Popular choices are devil girls, angels, or warrior-princesses.
The other style of pin up girl tattoos are tattoos of real life women. These are often famous models or celebrity sex symbols. The most famous pin up girl would have to be Betty Grable, while the new pin up queen is arguably Dita Von Teese.
In the more modern style the girl is either half-naked or completely naked. When deciding what type of tattoo you want it's important to think about future jobs, since formal environments don't always take a liking to tattoos that are easily seen, certainly not of naked women.
Today there are so many designs to choose from, and the internet has made deciding what tattoo you want that much easier. Before getting your tattoo done, it's therefore highly recommended to join a good website where you can explore tattoo galleries to find out what design suites you best.
I highly recommend this tattoo website:
Here you will find ideas for all kinds of tattoos, including pin up girl tattoos.

Dans les années 50

Friday, August 21, 2009

Lauren Stamile Biography

She was born July 12, 1976 in Tulsa Oklahoma. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in theater, and paid her dues working in restaurants.

In her blossoming acting career, Lauren played the role of Miss Gerber on the NBC television series Heroes, and once guest appeared on the Drew Carey Show. She previously appeared in Rules of Engagement and the so-called “unauthorized” Charlie’s Angels movie.

Lauren Stamile, Tricia Helfer, and Christina Chambers

# "CSI: NY" .... Amber Stanton (1 episode, 2007)
- Commuted Sentences (2007) TV Episode .... Amber Stanton
# Kissing Cousins (2007) .... Liza
# "Rules of Engagement" .... Karen (1 episode, 2007)
- Pilot (2007) TV Episode .... Karen
# "Criminal Minds" .... DEA Agt. Bonnie Ryan (1 episode, 2006)
- Lessons Learned (2006) TV Episode .... DEA Agt. Bonnie Ryan
# "Numb3rs" .... Kelly Johnston (1 episode, 2006)
... aka Num3ers (USA: promotional title)
- Hardball (2006) TV Episode .... Kelly Johnston
# "Boston Legal" .... Audrey (1 episode, 2006)
- Ivan the Incorrigible (2006) TV Episode .... Audrey
# That Guy (2006) (TV) .... Cassidy
# "Kitchen Confidential" .... Julia (1 episode, 2005)
- Rabbit Test (2005) TV Episode .... Julia
# "Close to Home" .... Karla Miller (1 episode, 2005)
- Parents on Trial (2005) TV Episode .... Karla Miller
# "Crossing Jordan" .... Sarah (1 episode, 2005)
- Forget Me Not (2005) TV Episode .... Sarah
# "Committed" .... Natalie (2 episodes, 2005)
- The Perfect Person: Part 2 (2005) TV Episode .... Natalie
- The Perfect Person: Part 1 (2005) TV Episode .... Natalie
# "Girlfriends" .... Anya (1 episode, 2004)
- L.A. Bound (2004) TV Episode .... Anya
# "Summerland" .... Lauren Cooper (1 episode, 2004)
- Into My Life (2004) TV Episode .... Lauren Cooper
# "Tru Calling" .... Emma (1 episode, 2004)
- Two Weddings and a Funeral (2004) TV Episode .... Emma
# "Cold Case" .... Abbey Lake '92 (1 episode, 2004)
- Late Returns (2004) TV Episode .... Abbey Lake '92
# Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Charlie's Angels' (2004) (TV) .... Kate Jackson
# "Married to the Kellys" .... Jill (1 episode, 2004)
- Double Dating (2004) TV Episode .... Jill
# The Last Letter (2004) .... Ms. Paige
# "The West Wing" (1 episode, 2003)
- Disaster Relief (2003) TV Episode
# "Strong Medicine" .... Marcie (1 episode, 2003)
- Skin (2003) TV Episode .... Marcie
# "CSI: Miami" .... Marie Heitzenrader (1 episode, 2003)
- Spring Break (2003) TV Episode .... Marie Heitzenrader
# "Without a Trace" .... Jessica (1 episode, 2003)
... aka W.A.T (USA: short title)
- There Goes the Bride (2003) TV Episode .... Jessica
# "Off Centre" .... Liz Lombardi (28 episodes, 2001-2002)
- Little House on the Bowery (2002) TV Episode .... Liz Lombardi
- The Guys' Guys (2002) TV Episode .... Liz Lombardi
- The Deflower Half-Hour (2002) TV Episode .... Liz Lombardi
- P.P. Doc II: The Examination Continues (2002) TV Episode .... Liz Lombardi
- Unflushable (2002) TV Episode .... Liz Lombardi
(23 more)
# "The Drew Carey Show" .... Julie (1 episode, 2001)
- Drew and the Motorcycle (2001) TV Episode .... Julie
# Follow Me Outside (2000) .... Georgette
# Something Sweet (2000) .... Mel

# "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" .... Sarah (1 episode, 1999)
... aka Law & Order: SVU (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka Special Victims Unit (New Zealand: English title)
- Sophomore Jinx (1999) TV Episode .... Sarah


Gyspy Rose Lee

 Stripper Gyspy Rose Lee vintaqe ad photo for Smirnoff Vodka
Gyspy Rose Less brought class burlesque, and the inspiration broadway show "Gypsy" and the movie of the same name with Natalie Wood and Rosaland Russell. She revolutionized burlesque life. One of the greatest of all time.

Louise's singing and dancing talents were insufficient to sustain the act without June. Eventually, it became apparent that Louise could make money in burlesque, which earned her legendary status. Her innovations were an almost casual strip style, compared to the herky-jerky styles of most burlesque strippers (she emphasized the "tease" in "striptease") and she brought a sharp sense of humor into her act as well. She became as famous for her onstage wit as for her strip style, and—changing her stage name to Gypsy Rose Lee—she became one of the biggest stars of Minsky's Burlesque, where she performed for four years. She was frequently arrested in raids on the Minsky brothers' shows.

She eventually traveled to Hollywood, where she was billed as Louise Hovick. Her acting was generally panned, so she returned to New York City and invested in film producer Michael Todd. She eventually appeared as an actress in many of his films. wiki

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Yvonne DeCarlo

Yvonne DeCarlo glamour gown swathed in white fox 1957

The break came in 1945 playing the lead role in Salome, Where She Danced. Though not a critical success, was a favorite of the box office, and De Carlo was hailed as a up-and-coming star. In the role, which is less secure its entry saying, "I have come through these beaded curtains, wearing a Japanese kimono and Japanese head, and then made a Siamese dance. Nobody seemed to know why. "
In 1947 he played his first leading role in Slave Girl and then in 1949 had his greatest success. As the female lead opposite Burt Lancaster in Criss Cross, made the role of a femme fatal, and his career began to ascend.

The 1957 film of the band Angels offered its opposite Clark Gable in a history of the American Civil War, along with Sidney Poitier and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
For the coming years, she was constantly working, although many of the films have to advance their careers.

Cast in The Ten Commandments (1956) in a leading role (as Zipporah, also written Sephora, the wife of Moses), De Carlo was part of a great success. The film was a great success and De Carlo was one of those who was praised for his work restricted.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Claudette Colbert

1942 Claudette Colbert Lux soap
Claudette Finance (September 13, 1903-July 30, 1996), an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award American actress, film, theater and television. Born in Paris, France, and grew up in New York lawyer began his career in Broadway productions during the 1920s, and with the advent of talking pictures made films. She joined Paramount Pictures and became noted its universality. She congratulated her for a number of screwball comedy and dramatic roles, and she received Academy Award nominations for film genres. From the mid-1930s until the late 1940s, she was one of the most successful and highly paid performers in American cinema. In the 1950s, she continued to act in films, as in a number of television shows, but mostly on their work in theatre, surviving only in the late 1980s. In subsequent years, retired to his home in Barbados, where she died at the age of 92, after a series of small strokes.

Retro fabulous fashions

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The harvey girls

The Harvey Girls is a novel 1942 by Samuel Hopkins Adams on the famous Fred Harvey Harvey Houses, which was subsequently made into a 1946 MGM musical.
The film star Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Angela Lansbury, Virginia O'Brien, Ray Bolger, and Marjorie Main, and was directed by George Sidney. He won an Academy Award for Best Song for "On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe," written by Johnny Mercer and Harry Warren. A great musical of comedy and drama with the all time Judy
The cast are brilliant and each brings their own character
to life perfectly. Judy Garland is the perfect choice for the witty,
strong minded Susan Bradley, John Hodiak is great for Ned Trent and
Ray Bolger's solo dance number is jaw dropping stuff!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Natalie Wood

1956 Lustre Creme shampoo

Wood was born Natalya Nikolaevna Zakharenko in San Francisco, California, to Russian immigrants, Nicholas and Mary Zakharenko. Her parents changed their name to the less cumbersome "Gurdin, and at age 4 she describes as Natasha Gurdin. Her mother tightly managed and controlled by the girl's career and personal life from her start in films at age five. She starred in many films, including child as a miracle on 34th Street and the Spirit and Mrs Muir in 1947.

Her father describes wood biographers as a passive alcoholic who went along with his wife claims. Her sister, Lana Wood, the actress, especially Bond girl and has been published in Playboy pictorial (she did not, however, playmate). Natalie Wood and James Dean in Rebel Without a snapshot of the reasons. Natalie Wood and James Dean in Rebel Without a snapshot of the reasons. At 16, Natalie was awarded the role of Judy in Nicholas Ray in Rebel Without reasons, Kelly co-Sal Mineo, James Dean and Dennis Hopper, signalling the start of her career as an adult. Most biographers have argued that she slept with Rey and Hopper. Wood was one of the relatively few child stars to make a successful transition to a sharp adults.

By the time she was 28, it has three time Oscar nominee, to applications for Rebel Without a Cause, Splendor in the Grass and Love With Correct surprise. Another widely tapes, Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise musical West Side Story, in which she played Maria. Wood was signed to make her singing, but in the end, She was baptized professional singer Marni Nixon, which is a matter of disappointment. Nevertheless, it enjoys great prestige in the world, comparable to Elizabeth Taylor. The rest of the screen attribute James Dean and Elvis Presley screen date, it has been much admired and envied by the girls on the day. It reiterated Elvis "He can sing, but he could do much more."

Monday, August 10, 2009

Carmen Miranda

Carmen Miranda was born in the north of the small Portuguese town of Framework Canaveses. She was the second daughter of Jose Maria Cunha Pinto (1887-1938) and Maria Emília Miranda (1886-1971). Shortly after his birth, his father, Jose Maria, emigrated to Brazil and settled in Rio de Janeiro (then capital), where he opened a barber shop. In 1910, following his mother, along with his eldest daughter, Olinda, and Carmen. Carmen never returned to Portugal. Once in Brazil, their parents have more children, namely: Amaro (1911), Cecilia (1913), Aurora (1915-2005) and Oscar (1916).

Carmen went to school, the Convent of Santa Teresa of Lisieux. Its very Catholic parents fail to achieve their dreams show business, so it kept secret for years. In his spare time, often sang at parties and festivals around the city. The sister Carmen, Olinda, he contracted tuberculosis, and returned to Portugal for treatment. Carmen got his first job in a tie shop at the age of 14, to help pay for his sister's medical treatment. Subsequently, he worked in a boutique, La Femme Chic, where he learned to make hats. At no time, she started her own small business hat that became very profitable. Olinda, meanwhile, remained in Portugal until his death in 1931.

Carmen was discovered and given an opportunity to perform on a local radio station. One thing led to another, and was followed by a career as a singer of samba for 10 years before she was invited to New York City to act in a show on Broadway. In Brazil, which was seen as a musical innovator, and was one of the first superstars of samba long before his arrival in the United States. She also made six films in Brazil.

Carmen came to the United States in 1939 with his band, the Bando da Lua, and achieved stardom in the early 1940s. He was encouraged by the government of the United States of America in his career as part of President Roosevelt's Good Neighbor Policy, designed to strengthen ties with Latin America and Europe; It was believed that in the delivery of content such as yours, policy would be better received by the American public. She was the highest-paid performer in the country for several years in the 1940s, and in 1945, was the highest-paid women in the United States, earning more than $ 200,000 that year, according to IRS records.

Carmen made a total of 14 Hollywood films between 1940 and 1953. As a singer, who sold more than 10 million copies worldwide [citation needed]. She received the nickname "The Brazilian bomb."

Carmen's is a Hollywood image of a generic Latinness that is blurring the distinction between Brazil, Argentina and Mexico, as well as between the samba, tango and the habanera. It was carefully stylized and outlandishly decorated. It was often shown wearing platform sandals and partidores the amount of fruit, becoming known as "the lady in the tutti-JL hat." At only 5 feet (1.52 meters), these stores did appear almost larger than life on screen.

She is very aware of the tensions in his career. During a visit to Brazil in 1940, was highly criticized for giving in to American commercialism and projecting a false image of Brazil. She responded with the Portuguese language song "Que Voltei Disseram Americanizada" or "Say I've Come Back Americanized." Another song, "Bananas Is My Business," is based on a line in one of his films and directed his image. She is very annoyed by the criticism and did not return to Brazil again for 14 years.

Carmen not drink or smoke until her late 30s. In addition to their addiction to alcohol and snuff, Carmen regularly use amphetamines and barbiturates, which weakened his heart.

Carmen died of a heart attack following an appearance on The Jimmy Durante Show. The network A & E Biography episode with Carmen Miranda included the tragic kinescope footage of his appearance on 4 August. After completing a number of dance unknowingly Carmen suffered a mild heart attack, and nearly sank. During was at his side, and helped to maintain for their feet. Carmen then smiled, waved to the crowd and walked away for the last time. "The bomb Brazilian" died the next morning at the age of 46.

The official cause of his death because of the death certificate was untreated for toxemia (later known as preeclampsia), and heart failure resulting from a pregnancy. His body was taken back to Brazil and shortly after the Brazilian government declared a period of national mourning. He was buried at the Sao Joao Batista cemetery in Rio de Janeiro. His funeral procession, on the road to the cemetery, was accompanied by about half a million people. wiki

Judy Garland

In 1954, Garland made a tour of the Warner Bros. Pictures film, A Star Is Born, and was nominated for Best Actress. This film is considered by many critics to be his best performance .

Directed by George Cukor and produced by her husband, Sid Luft (Luft and Garland through the Transcona Enterprises), this is a great undertaking in which Garland fully immersed. It was also a physically demanding role that Garland has the edge and, for the most part, constantly worried. After his release, the film was cut by nearly 30 minutes amid fears it is too long.

In the run-up to 27 Academy Awards, Garland was considered the most likely winner of Best Actress. She was unable to attend the ceremony because they had just given birth to her son Joseph Luft; A television crew Garland entered the room with cameras and cables, with the hope that Garland, winning the Best Actress Award, the award Garland televise speech. However, the Oscar went to Grace Kelly for The Country Girl (1954).

Many fans argue that Garland was "stolen" from his Oscar, and has won the (Groucho Marx sent a famous telegram after the awards, saying that it was "the largest since the Brinks robbery"). But it did win the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical that year.

Luft and Garland Transcona original contract with the Warner Bros. was for three pictures to be produced for the study; However, due to the little harsh edition of A Star Is Born, Garland and Luft no more films for the study.

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller rare color footage

Marilyn Monroe rare clips

Bess Myerson

Bess Myerson the first Jewish woman to win the Miss America pageant.
 Bess Myerson on tv
She appeared on various television shows in the 1950s and 1960s. In the 1970s and '80s, she was involved in New York City politics.
From 1958 through 1967, she was a panelist on I've Got a Secret. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Myerson enjoyed a successful television career as a TV personality, actress and commercial pitchwoman for a myriad of popular products.

Cute 60's glam

This is a retro party glam makeup look! This is consistent with the principles of the Organization SMOKEY eye, but only on ... Cute 60's pin up glam night out constituting Tutorial

From the 1930s through the 1950s, the looks of various movie stars defined vogue magazine. From Mary Pickford's baby-doll face to Audrey Hepburn's cat-eyes eyeliner. The '60s ushered in a slew of makeup fad and the heavy eyeliner look remained through the late '70s and '80s, with wide color ranges entering the wearer's palette.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Pin Up Model and 50s Ford

Meet swimsuit and pin up model Lisa as we finish up a photo shoot with a ford classic 1958 Ford Courier.
We shot this car during a photo shoot in Oceanside California.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Punk clothing - Huge Online Selection

Author: Stefan Mcclure

Gothic fashion is a clothing style worn by members of the Goth subculture; a dark, often doleful, eroticized fashion and style of dress. Typical Gothic fashion includes black dyed and crimped hair and black garments. Both masculine and female goths sometimes wear dark eyeliner and dark fingernails. Styles are sometimes borrowed from the Punks, Victorians and Elizabethans. BDSM imagery and paraphernalia are also common. Some haute couture designers, particularly Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, have been related to the goth aesthetic.

Cintra Wilson declares that "The origins of recent goth style are found in the Victorian cult of mourning." Valerie Steele is knowledgeable in the history of the style.

Punk fashion is the styles of clothing, haircuts, cosmetics, jewelry, and body modifications of the punk subculture. Punk fashion varies widely from Vivienne Westwood styles to styles modeled on bands like The Exploited. The distinct social dress of other subcultures and art movements, including glam rock, skinheads, rude boys, greasers, and mods have influenced punk fashion. Punk fashion has similarly influenced the styles of these groups, as well as those of preferred culture. Punks use clothing as a strategy of making a statement.

Deliberately offensive T-shirts were favored in the early punk scene,eg the infamous DESTROY T-shirt sold at SEX, which featured a reversed cross and a Nazi Swastika. These T-shirts, like other punk clothing items, were regularly torn on purpose. Other items in early British punk fashion included: Anarchy symbols ; brightly-colored or white and black dress shirts randomly covered in slogans ( like "Only Anarchists are pretty" ) ; fake blood ; patches ; and deliberately questionable pictures ( like portraits of Marx, Stalin and Mussolini ) were preferred. Leather rocker jackets and customised blazers were early, and remain a common fixture of punk fashion.

Punk fashion has been intensely exploited at numerous times, and many well-established fashion designers - like Vivienne Westwood and Jean Paul Gaultier - have used punk elements in their production. Punk clothing, which was at first home made, became mass produced and sold in record stores and some smaller specialty clothes shops by the 1980's.

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Models from the 1950s

1950s fashions big pretty two models great

1950s fashions big pretty two models great

Style of the early 40s fashions

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Pinup Girl Clothing

This was a Pinup Girl Clothing warehouse shoot with Masuimi Max for by Laura Byrnes

Monday, August 3, 2009

Duane Bryers' "Hilda" -- The First Illustrated Plus Size Pin Up Girl

Author: Plus Lover

The Pin Up Girl

Before we talk about the curvy, swervy, plus-size-bikini-clad Hilda, the stage is going to be set with a little history of the pin up girl. I'll take you back in time now, with a short story about a few of the most talented and popular Pin Up illustrators in American history.

Earl Christy, (1883-1961)

We'll begin with the prolific Earl Christy, who's porcelain-doll-like illustrations appeared on everything from Hollywood magazine covers and commercial advertisements to sheet music and postcards. His work can be found going back as early as 1906. His movie posters and covers he painted for "Photoplay" and other Hollywood magazines are now valuable collector items.

Earl Moran (1893-1984)

Earl Moran's artistic genius appeared on everything from Sears and Roebuck catalogs to Life magazine and millions of Brown and Bigelow Calendars. How he's remembered most is through his pin ups. Moran's stunningly rendered pastel "visions" offer more situational variety than any other major illustrator. Of his most enduring legacies are his 1940s paintings of a breathtaking young model named Norma Jean Baker. He painted more images of her than any other artist.

Rolf Armstrong (1889-1960)

Rolf Armstrong was another famous Brown and Bigelow calendar artist. After arriving home from a trip to France in 1919, he opened a studio in Greenwich Village where he painted the Ziegfeld Folly girls. Later, while in Hollywood, all the great stars of the era posed for him. Popular actresses like Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and Katherine Hepburn were all painted by him. He even talked Boris Karloff into posing for him on the set of the original "Frankenstein".

He refused to work from photographs and was always on the quest for the perfect model. When asked why he preferred a live model over a photograph, he said, "I want the living person in front of me. As I look at her again and again and again while I work, I get a thousand fresh, vivid impressions... all the glow, exuberance, and spontaneous joy that leaps from a young and happy heart."

Armstrong's pastel pin ups of his idealized, scantily clad,"girl next door" have a distinctive, luminous and shimmering quality to them. His paintings of healthy, nubile young women are some of the most memorable of all the famous illustrators. He was truly a man of rarefied talent.

George Petty (1894-1975)

The Pin Up finally exploded into the popular culture with Esquire Magazine's introduction of s"Petty Girl" in 1933. Slender, flirtatious and extremely shapely, the Petty Girl became an American institution, capturing our hearts and minds for more than twenty years. From 1933 to 1956, her images were seen in tens of millions of places; every where from magazines and billboards to playing cards and match books, even aircraft "nose art" in WWII. In 1950, she was made into a movie starring Robert Cummings and Elsa Lanchester.

Gil Elvgren (1914-1980)

No pin up gallery is complete without displaying the breathtaking talent of Gil Elvgren. His enchanting, dreamy renderings of the nubile female form cannot be eclipsed in genius by any other artist. He was sublimely talented! A student of the Minneapolis Art Institute, he liked to paint girls who were new to the modeling business. He believed the ideal pin up was a girl with

a fifteen year old face on a twenty year old body, so he combined the two. During the forty two years spanning 1930-1972, he produced over five hundred paintings of beautiful young women, nearly all painted on oil and canvas. Today, his fully developed, finished works of art are second only in value to the paintings of Alberto Vargas.

Alberto Vargas (1896-1982)

The most prolific and famous glamor illustrator of all time is Alberto Vargas. The son of Max Vargas, a famous and talented photographer in his own right, Alberto learned to airbrush from his father before he was a teen. Most don't realize he was actually born in Peru, and didn't come to the US until 1916. He arrived on Ellis Island via Europe, where he had been since 1911. While there, he had studied in both Geneva and Zurich, and by the time had made his way here, he was already a gifted talent coming into bloom. Within three years he had hung his own shingle and was painting store fronts and window displays for New York City merchants.

One warm afternoon in May 1916, while painting a window display for a downtown merchant, he was approached by a employee of the Ziegfeld Follies and asked to show his work to the great Ziegfeld himself. Within forty eight hours, he was commissioned to paint 12 portraits of the leading stars of the 1919 season of the Ziegfeld Follies. They were for the lobby of the New Amsterdam Theatre.

From that first commission on, Alberto Vargas was an artist in high demand.

He painted every major star of the Ziegfeld Follies and later major Hollywood stars like Betty Grable, Jane Russell, Ann Sheridan, Ava Gardner Linda Darnell, Marlene Dietrich, Loretta Young, and even Marilyn Monroe all posed for him.

In 1940 he replaced the great George Petty at Esquire magazine and by 1945 was the most famous glamor illustrator in the world.

Baby boomers all know him as the creator of Playboy Magazine's Vargas Girl. He painted over 150 of his Vargas Girl masterpieces for Playboy.

He was married over forty years to the love of his life, Anna Mae Clift. When she passed away in 1974, he lost most of his creative drive and worked just a few more times doing The Cars "Candy O" album cover and two album covers for Bernadette Peters. He passed away in Los Angeles in December, 1982.

Now, the reason this article was talk about the most shapely, wondrously round, perfectly proportioned, plus size, pear shaped beauty in Pin Up girl history: Duane Bryers' "Hilda"

One night, while prowling "Google Images" for curvaceous content, I found myself at Les Toil's Big Beautiful Pin Up Gallery. I clicked through and followed his fun and curiously titled links looking for the well-nourished, feminine imagery I had started out that night looking for.

After I got done admiring Les' talent, I went back to his homepage and clicked on a cheerful teal and yellow banner with the name "Hilda" written across it. I clicked on it, not prepared at all for what I was about to see.

As soon as the page opened, I stopped and looked in wonder. It was one of those moments when you're seeing something with which you're completely taken; the world around you seems to disappear, and everything goes completely silent as your focus narrows, taking in what's in front of you.

Discovering Hilda was like discovering lost treasure. I recognized her right away. I remembered her as a perfect likeness of what I had for years idealized in the feminine form; round, soft, pear-shaped, plump, and shapely to the extreme.

If one's natural male instinct is to respond to the rounder, softer, more generously proportioned woman, you will understand why there is so much to like about her. From her long, soft legs, girlish face, plump, inviting arms, to her hips, round and wide, you see a vision of femininity forming in front of you. Add to all that her ample, well-developed breasts, soft, yielding tummy and glorious hip-waist ratio, and you discover she is an ideal example of full-figure perfection. The perfect plus size, pear-shaped,

nubile beauty.

Unlike the stick-thin, female icons so popular today, Hilda has not one angular feature. She sublimely embodies the old fashioned womanly ideals of "round and soft". She is feminine to the nth degree.

Duane Bryers was the first illustrator to use plus size models as subjects in his pin up art. Sometimes he didn't use a model at all and painted from memory or fantasy. A feat, according to pin up artist Les Toil, "most impressive!"

"Hilda" is owned by Brown and Bigelow

This article was made possible through research from various sources on the web including Google images, The Pin Up Files, and the Hilda page of Les Toil's Big Beautiful Pin Up Gallery.

To view it in it's proper and original context, it's accompanying pictures are a necessary ingredient. Please visit

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Zsa Zsa Gabor in black lace fishnets long legs and big fan
Zsa Zsa Gabor in black lace fishnets long legs and big fan

Zsa Zsa Gabor - Hungarian actress, socialite and former beauty queen.

Gabor reportedly had a romance with a composer named Willi Schmidt-Kentner, according to the 1960 "bio-autobiography" Zsa Zsa Gábor, My Story, written by Gabor with Gerold Frank. Her initial fame came from her work as an actress, and grew from her public appearances in the 1970s and 1980s.

50’s Rockabilly Fashion

Ann Miller

Ann Miller colorized 19 years old as a blonde
Ann started when she was 14 years old.She was the fastest tap dancer in films. This is highly rare photo of her as blonde.
Ann Miller colorized 19 years old as a blonde
At the age of 13 Miller had been hired as a dancer in the "Black Cat Club" in San Francisco. The following year, Miller was offered a contract at Columbia Pictures.
Miller invented pantyhose in the 1940s as a solution to the problem of continual torn stockings during the filming of dance production numbers. The common practice had been to sew hosiery to briefs worn by Miller. If torn, the entire garment had to be removed and resewn with a new pair. At Miller's request, hosiery was manufactured for her as a single pantyhose.
She starred on Broadway in the musical "Mame" in 1969, in which she wowed the audience in a tap number created just for her. In 1979 she astounded audiences in the Broadway show Sugar Babies with fellow MGM veteran Mickey Rooney, which toured the United States extensively after its Broadway run. In 1983 she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theatre.

1950s Hollywood Glamour

The History of Pin-up

Author: Martin Castin

Theda Bara. Dorothy Lamour. Betty Grable. Jean Harlow. Vivien Leigh. Greta Garbo. Elizabeth Taylor. Jayne Mansfield. Twiggy. Farrah Fawcett. And, of course, the magnificent Marilyn Monroe.

They came from different eras, from 1910 until the 1960’s. They were beautiful, alluring, and represented the “ultimate woman.” Pin-up girls were posters that represented every man’s dream of the perfect woman! These pin-ups graced the lockers of high school boys, calendars, and the American soldiers of World War II’s bunk rooms. Far from home, the G.I.’s treasured pin-up girl posters; they gave the soldiers something beautiful and sexy to see instead of their all-male comrades, not to mention the misery and graphic violence of war. Army Air Corps pilots, who risked their lives every day, developed “nose art” that was beautifully painted upon the outside cockpit of their fighter, bomber or cargo airlift planes. In addition to stunning depictions of fierce, snarling animals like tigers, eagles and sharks, pin-up girls frequently graced the noses of U.S. aircraft. And in 1941, test pilot Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier in a jet he decorated with a gorgeous pin-up of his wife, naming the plane “Glamorous Glynnis.”

In 1947, the Army Air Corps officially became the United States Air Force. Nose art, especially that of vintage pin-up girls, continued to grace the outside cock pits of the best and fastest aircraft in the world. But times change, as does “political correctness.” Thirty years later, in the beginnings of awareness of the sexual harassment and exploitation of women, nose art was officially banned by the USAF, and this pin-up art vanished forever. It’s only seen now in museums depicting the lives of servicemen in ages gone by.

Several sources cite the top three pin-up girls as Betty Grable posing provocatively in a one-piece bathing suit, Marilyn Monroe’s revealing skirt “blow up” from The Seven Year Itch, and Farrah Fawcett as she appeared in TV’s “Charlie’s Angels.” But it doesn’t end with the beautiful and sensual pin-up girls; the past decade has given us pin-up men as well! Handsome heartthrobs Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt and Fabio adorn the walls of many a teenage girl’s bedroom. Also popular in modern pin-up art are rock singers Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde, Steven Tyler, and the enormously popular cross-over group, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Pin-up art reached its heyday during World War II, and art experts say that it will never quite be the same again. During this time, every female star in Hollywood had aspirations of becoming a popular pin-up art subject; this was part of their formula to successful movie careers. Today you can find vintage pin-ups on the Internet that are of fine quality and evoke memories of days long gone.

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

1940s Joan Fontaine

She was born Joan De De Havilland So in Tokyo, Japan, the youngest daughter of Walter de Havilland, and the former Queen Lilian Ruse known British actress her stage name Lilian Fontaine, who married in 1914. Fontaine father, Walter, was a British patent attorney with a practice in Japan. She is the younger sister of actress Olivia de Havilland who had been false since 1975; Both participated in the Los Azucareros high school and the monastery of Notre Dame Catholic girls in Belmont, California.

At the age of two, divorced parents, Joan. Joan was sick children and developed anemia after the attack on measles and streptococcic infection. On the advice of a doctor Joan mother moved her and her sister to the United States, where they settled in the town of Saratoga, California. Joan health has improved, and she was soon dictionaries with lessons together with her sister. She also extremely bright and the child is evaluated on 160 of knowledge when she was three. When she was 15, Joan returned to Japan, and lived with his father for two years.

Tribute to the legendary actress Joan Fontaine, who was born in 1917, and began to work in 1935, received Oscar nominations for "Rebecca" and "The Constant Nymph" and won the Oscar for "Suspiction". She retired from movies in 1966, and from television and public live in 1994, the last photo of this montage is from this year, her last public appearence.

Friday, July 31, 2009

May Britt

Beautiful blonde European star May Britt in black undies stockings seams heels 1950s
May Britt in black undies stockings seams heels 1950s
May Britt, as she was renamed professionally, immediately moved to Rome. As expected, she made her movie debut as the leading actress in Jolanda, the Daughter of the Black Corsair (1952). In the following years she worked in some ten Cinecittà productions. She also featured in the epic War and Peace film of 1956.
In the late 1950s, Britt relocated to Hollywood after signing with 20th Century Fox. She starred in a few movies, including The Young Lions with Marlon Brando and Murder, Inc. with Peter Falk, as well as a much-criticized remake of The Blue Angel in the legendary role first created by Marlene Dietrich in 1930.

50’s and 60’s sexy ladies

Antique corset

Antique photo corset and stockings colorized

Antique photo corset and stockings colorized

Contrary to popular myth, the corset was not as restrictive as is generally believed. Vain women tended to wear corsets tighter than necessary and buy corsets with smaller waists, but most women, although they purchased an 18 or 20 inch waisted corset left a gap at the back closure to accommodate a more realistic 22-26 inch waist measurements. On average that would mean a corset reduced the figure by only an inch or two at most. Stories about women with broken ribs, having ribs removed, and causing fatal injury to themselves through tight lacing are greatly exaggerated and apocryphal.

Lingerie Girdle 1950s

Lingerie Girdle introduced by Christion Dior to go with the new tight form fitting sheath dresse

Lingerie Girdle introduced by Christion Dior to go with the new tight form fitting sheath dresse

Glamour girl, opera gloves and red rose, gold jewelry and makeup...

1950s legs

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

1920s fashion of Hollywood stars

1940s American fashion show
30s Fashion show in Austria
Retro UK fashion
20s Hollywood fashions

Vintage fashion shows and photoshoots from the late 1920s to the 1940s.

Diana Vreeland

Diana Vreeland (July 29, 1903 in Paris, France – August 22, 1989) was a noted columnist and editor in the field of fashion.

She was born Diana Dalziel (pronounced Dee-ell), the eldest daughter of a British father, Frederick Young Dalziel and an American mother, Emily Key Hoffman, a socialite who was a descendant of George Washington's brother as well as a cousin of Francis Scott Key. Vreeland had one sister, Alexandra. She also was a distant cousin of Pauline de Rothschild.

Diana to the family emigrated to the United States at the outbreak of World War I, and moved to 15 East 77th Street in New York, where they became prominent figures in society.

On January 24, 1923 issue of the Ohio newspaper Lima News, "featured an illustration of Diana with the caption," Diana Dalziel, one of the young New York provides social prominent members, is the bearer of this magnificent and exceptionally beautiful recapitulation. Brocaded velvet, fur trimmed, and with strings of gold, clothing makes it ideal for the accompaniment of black velvet beneath the gown. His peculiar court emphasizes the owner of the slenderness, and rich colors outside his dark beauty. "This appears to be the first national company of the publication of his picture.

On March 1, 1924, she married Thomas Reed Vreeland, a banker, in the Church of St. Thomas in New York, with whom he has two sons: Thomas Reed Vreeland, Jr., and Frederick Vreeland Dalziel. A week before his wedding, it was reported in The New York Times that his mother, Emily, has been named correspondent in a divorce proceeding Sir Charles Ross and his second wife, Lady Patricia. The ensuing unfortunately, the time of society alienated scandal Diana and her mother. Emily died in September 1928 in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Diana Vreeland is interviewed in her New York apartment in 1980.

After their honeymoon, the newlyweds moved to Albany, New York and raised their two sons, Frederick (later ambassador to Morocco USA) and Thomas, Jr., remaining there until 1929. He then moved to 17 Hanover Terrace, Regent's Park, London, formerly the home of Wilkie Collins and Edmund Gosse. During his stay in London, she danced with the Tiller Girls. Like Syrie Maugham and Elsie de Wolfe, another society women who ran their own stores, lingerie Diana operated a business near Berkeley Square, whose clients include Wallis Simpson and Mona Williams. While living in London, lived a life of luxury. He enjoyed playing tennis with Gertrude Lawrence, in Regent's Park every morning.

Often visited Paris, where they buy their clothes, mostly from Chanel, whom he met in 1926. He was one of 15 American women presented to King George V and Queen Mary at Buckingham Palace on May 18, 1933.

Also locked friendship with the photographer Cecil Beaton, composer Cole Porter, Tacoronte comtemporary art critic, artist Christian Berard, and the writer Evelyn Waugh. Waugh after the counting of "adored his books. I mean Vile, was not it great bodies? It was written about a whole society that existed in London wonderful wonderful looking fellas and girls, some of them grew up to be somebody , Some of them simply do not, but at that time they were just wonderful. It was so crazy, they were rather wild crazy, and that can only be English. That is the one that came in London, which has existed since 1927 De guess from 1928 until around 1935 -- and then it is much more beautiful. "

In 1937, her husband, the work carried back to New York, where he lived for the rest of their lives. He died in 1967.

It has been written that the shoes never touched the pavement and she (and her husband) had all his shoes specially designed in Budapest, "where they make the best shoes." Her husband had a butler employed to break into his shoes until the butter felt like the first time you wore. It also alleges that have been in his office at Vogue magazine, and to hear the joy, joy, joy of some young office of the secretary of the high heels on the floor, someone asked what the noise was. When told that there was a woman in heels, she replied: "Fire it. I will not tolerate that kind of distraction. "

Bikini annees 60

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sixties Star - Twiggy !

60s supermodel Twiggy Lawson!
Sixties Star - Twiggy !

Nigel Daves noticed Twiggy Lawson in 1966. She is currently working in a hairdressing salon. She was very young. At 16, she weighed 41 kg . By following the advice of Nigel Daves, she chose to take to his nickname childhood nickname, Twiggy ( "twig"). She landed in New York in March 1967. Due to be associated with the creations of Mary Quant, Twiggy became very quickly known in the fashion world and a symbol of Swinging London. So at that time the trend was for dummies fleshy with haircuts women's classic Twiggy look was androgynous.

After many years of modelling, Twiggy retired, claiming "You can't be a clothes hanger for your entire life!" She embarked on an award-winning acting and singing career, including Ken Russell's 1971 film version of Sandy Wilson's musical, The Boy Friend, for which she won two Golden Globe Awards. Since then she has played a variety of roles on stage and screen, including My One and Only and as Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, opposite Robert Powell, in a 1981 television production. In 1976, Twiggy signed to Mercury records and released the albums Twiggy and Please Get My Name Right, discs that contained both pop and country tunes. Twiggy sold very well, peaking on the UK charts at no.33, and gave Twiggy a silver disc for good sales. The album contains Twiggy's top twenty hit single, "Here I Go Again" and "Please Get My Name Right" made it to no.35 in 1977.

Monday, July 27, 2009

First Mexican Hollywood Movie Star - Dolores Del Rio

She was a star of Hollywood films during the silent era and in the Golden Age of Hollywood, becoming an important actress in Mexican films later in her life. She was generally thought to be one of the most beautiful actresses of her generation. Dolores del Río was the first Latin American movie star with international appeal, and she made an extraordinary career in 1920s and 1930s Hollywood. wiki
With the surname of her husband, del Río made her debut in the film Joanna, directed by Carewe in 1925 and released on 14 December of that year. Hollywood first noticed her appeal as a sex siren, but she struggled against the "Mexicali Rose" image initially pitched to her by Hollywood executives. Despite her brief appearance, Carewe performed an exhaustive publicity for the actress. In her second film High Steppers, Del Rio took the second female credit after Mary Astor. These films were not blockbusters, but helped increase del Río's popularity. Carewe's true intention was to transform her into a female version of Rudolph Valentino.

Since the late thirties, Dolores del Río was sought on several occasions by the Mexican film directors. She was friends with noted Mexican artists, such as Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, and maintained ties with Mexican society and cinema. After breaking off her relationship with Orson Welles, del Río decided to try her luck in Mexico, disappointed by the "American star system". Mexican director Emilio Fernández asked her to star in Flor Silvestre (1942) and the miracle happened: at 37, Dolores del Río became the most famous movie star in her country, filming in the Spanish language for the first time.

Dolores del Río and Joel McCrea in the sequence where the tropical princess Dolores del Rio dances shaking her hips, while Joel McCrea tries to rescue her from a mad tribesman ogling her from the sidelines.

Gia Scala

She studied acting at night and made appearances on some radio shows and television quiz shows. At the end of 1954 an agent had her tested for the role of Mary Magdalene in a movie which was to be made called The Gallileans. She did not get the part but was signed to contracts by both Universal Studios and Columbia Pictures in Hollywood. Using the stage name "Gia Scala", she made her motion picture debut in 1955. wiki

The tall, green-eyed brunette received wide recognition for her performance as the mute, mysterious Greek resistance figher "Anna" in the 1961 film The Guns of Navarone, which starred Gregory Peck. Miss Scala's successful career began to deteriorate as a result of a growing alcohol dependency and she was eventually let go from her studio contract. Her marriage to stockbroker Donald Burnett ended in divorce.

Scala made frequent appearances on American television shows during the 1960s. Shows in which she appeared include Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1960-1961), Convoy, The Rogues, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Twelve O'Clock High (1965), Tarzan (NBC series) (1967), and It Takes a Thief (1969).

Monday, July 20, 2009

1960s Swinging London

This is 60's Fashion scene.Mary Quant and mini skirts and PVC coats.

Other many styles of Fashion.made from original old tv film.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Ziegfeld Girl

Set in the 1920s, the film tells the parallel stories of three women who become performers in the renown Broadway show the Ziegfeld Follies.

It was intended to be a 1938 sequel to the 1936 hit The Great Ziegfeld, and even recycled some footage from the earlier film.

Glamorous 'Sweater Girl'

She reached the height of her fame in the 1940s and 1950s. During World War II, Turner became a popular pin-up girl due to her popularity in such films such as Ziegfeld Girl, Johnny Eager, and four films with MGM's "king of the lot," Clark Gable . Lana even had a B-17—the Tempest Turner—named after her.[5] After the war, Turner's career continued successfully with the release, in 1946, of The Postman Always Rings Twice, which co-starred John Garfield.. The now-classic film noir marked a turning point in her career. Reviews of the film, and in particular, Lana's performance, were glowing. While not exactly giving up her pin-up credentials, Lana established herself as a skilled actress.

During the 1950s, Turner starred in a series of films that failed to succeed at the box office, a situation MGM attempted to remedy by casting her in musicals. The first, Mr. Imperium, was a flop, while The Merry Widow was more successful.

She gave a widely praised performance in Vincente Minnelli's 1952 film, The Bad and the Beautiful, and later starred with John Wayne in the adventure film The Sea Chase. She was then cast in the epic The Prodigal, but the film and her performance in general were not well received. wiki

Vintage corset lingerie

Monday, July 6, 2009

1940s stockings

40s popular option was to apply makeup to the leg, a tedious procedure that could include painting a black line up the back of the leg to complete the illusion.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Josephine Baker - The First Black Superstar

Baker was the first African American female to star in a major motion picture, to integrate an American concert hall, and to become a world-famous entertainer.

She is also noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States , for assisting the French Resistance during World War II and being the first American-born woman to receive the French military honor, the Croix de Guerre.

Josephine Baker Danse Sauvage

Olympia 1968

retro moda

Nancy Sinatra

In the late 1950s Sinatra began to study music, dancing, and voice at the University of California in Los Angeles. She dropped out after a year, and made her professional debut in 1960 on her father's television special with Elvis Presley, home from the army. Nancy was sent to the airport on behalf of her father to welcome Elvis when his plane landed. On the special, Nancy and her father danced and sang a duet, "You Make Me Feel So Young/Old". That same year she began a five-year marriage to Tommy Sands.

These Boots Are Made For Walking (1966)

Nancy Sinatra began her career as a singer and actress in the early 1960s, but initially achieved success only in Europe and Japan. Then she had a transatlantic number-one pop with "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'", which showed her provocative but good-natured style, and which popularized and made her synonymous with go-go boots. The promo clip featured a big-haired Sinatra and six young women in tight tops, go-go boots and mini-skirts, and is considered[by whom?] a classic example of high camp. The song was written by Lee Hazlewood, who wrote and produced most of her hits and sang with her on several duets, including "Some Velvet Morning". In 1966 and 1967, Sinatra charted with 13 titles, all of which featured Billy Strange as arranger and conductor.

In 1967 she paired with her father for her second number-one single, "Somethin' Stupid". She also co-starred with Elvis Presley in the movie Speedway.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Sally Rand

She continued to appear on stage doing her fan dance into her sixties. Rand once replaced an ill Ann Corio in the stage show This Was Burlesque during the 1960s. Rand appeared at the Mitchell Brothers in San Francisco in the early 1970s. Later, would appear Tempest Storm and Blaze Starr.

Sally Rand dances

New Burlesque

A new generation nostalgic for the spectacle and perceived glamour of the old times determined to bring burlesque back. This revival was pioneered independently in the mid 1990s by Billie Madley "Cinema" and Ami Goodheart's "Dutch Weismanns' Follies" revue in New York and Michelle Carr's "The Velvet Hammer Burlesque" troupe in Los Angeles. In addition, and throughout the country, many individual performers were incorporating aspects of burlesque in their acts. These productions, inspired by the likes of Sally Rand, Tempest Storm, Gypsy Rose Lee, Dixie Evans and Lily St. Cyr have themselves gone on to inspire a new generation of performers.

Today New Burlesque has taken many forms, but all have the common trait of honoring one or more of burlesque's previous incarnations, with acts including striptease, expensive costumes, bawdy humor, cabaret and more. There are modern burlesque performers and shows all over the world, and annual conventions such as Tease-O-Rama, New York Burlesque Festival, The Great Boston Burlesque Exposition, and the Miss Exotic World Pageant.

Today's Burlesque revival has found homes throughout the United States and the world, with the largest communities located on the East and West Coasts of the U.S. On the East Coast, New York City boasts the largest community (where select nightlife venues have been inspired by the trend—several notable troops and venues include The Slipper Room, Le Scandal Cabaret, Pinchbottom Burlesque, Starshine Burlesque, Wasabassco burlesque, and, during the summer, Coney Island's Burlesque at the Beach); in Greensboro, NC, burlesque revival performances by Foxy Moxy and her "Cabaret Risque" troupe have been incorporated into the Greensboro Fringe Theater Festival; in the Pacific Northwest, the Burlesque scene is centered in Seattle—home of Miss Indigo Blue, Miss Trixie Lane—The Queen of Shame, Miss Kitty Baby, Ravenna Black, Paula the Swedish Housewife, Vienna Le Rouge, The Atomic Bombshells, Burning Hearts, The Von Foxies, Glitzkrieg Burlesque, and Sinner Saint Burlesque, to name a few; in California, the largest communities reside in the San Francisco Bay Area, home of the largest monthly burlesque and variety show (the Hubba Hubba Revue), and Los Angeles.

There are also thriving Burlesque scenes in Canada, the UK, France (Rendez-Vous Van Paris) and Japan. SPAG Burlesque was voted best Detroit based burlesque show by Real Detroit Magazine in 2009. wiki

Dita von Teese - Queen of Burlesque

It was during this time at the strip club that she began some glamour modeling, before she eventually became a fetish model. Her retro pin-up look, frequently emulating Bettie Page in photo shoots, set her apart from most other fetish models.

Von Teese was featured in Playboy magazine in 1999, 2001 and 2002, with a cover-featured pictorial in 2002. Dita says that it is her appearances in Playboy that finally won her father's respect for her profession.

Fifties pin up look

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Betty Grable

Images of the famous 'Pin-up Girl'

As the 1930's ended, after small parts in over 50 Hollywood movies throughout the 1930s – Grable finally gained national attention on stage for her role in the Cole Porter Broadway hit Du Barry Was a Lady (1939).

Grable's later career was marked by feuds with studio heads. At one point, in the middle of a fight with Zanuck, she tore up her contract and stormed out of his office. By 1953, Zanuck was grooming Marilyn Monroe to replace Grable as the Fox's resident sex symbol. Far from feeling threatened, on the set of How to Marry a Millionaire Grable famously said to Monroe, "go and get yours, honey! I've had mine".

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Pin-up models from the 20s

This video presentation of the pin-up stars from the 20s to the 60s.

Pin-up girls or pin-up models are either models, fashion models or actresses whose mass-produced pictures enjoy wide appeal as pop culture.

Irish McCalla

Nellie Elizabeth "Irish" McCalla was an American actress and artist best-known as the title star of the 1950s television series Sheena, Queen of the Jungle.

McCalla was already a popular pinup model by 1952, when she and other models appeared in the film River Goddesses, consisting of several voluptuous young women frolicking in the Grand Canyon.
Following the one-season Sheena, McCalla appeared in five films from 1958 to 1962, and guest roles on the TV series Have Gun — Will Travel and Route 66. Additionally, she formed McCalla Enterprises, Inc.


The term "cheesecake" is synonymous with pin-up photo. The earliest documented print usage of this sense of cheesecake is in 1934 [1], predating pin-up, although anecdotes say the phrase was in spoken slang some 20 years earlier, originally in the phrase (said of a pretty woman) "better than cheesecake." In the 1950s, for example, there was a magazine called Cheesecake that had a young Marilyn Monroe in a yellow bikini on its cover in 1953

Vargas Girls. The most beautiful of all the pin ups.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Jody Miller

She released her first album on Capitol Records in 1964 and had a modest pop hit that year with "He Walks Like a Man".

In 1965, she released an answer record to Roger Miller's blockbuster hit "King of the Road," titled "Queen of the House" (which became her signature hit, peaking at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 5 on the country singles chart). Miller won the Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for the song in 1966.

Maids dancing with pots and pans, a cartwheeling ice man, and Jody Miller singing her award winning hit.

Donna Theodore

Donna Theodore is an American Actress and singer who first came to attention as a headliner at many famous nightclubs during the 1960s including the Copacabana, The Fountainebleau Hotel, the Fairmont Hotel, and the El San Juan in Puerto Rico.

Winding up on the tiger skin once again, Donna Theodore sings "Femininity" in this classic Scopitone from 1958. Poor Donna. It's not easy being beautiful.

Theodore won a Theater World Award and Drama Desk Award and received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the 1975 musical Shenandoah (musical). Theodore is the first person to receive a Drama Desk award in the category of Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical. Prior to the 1974-1975 awards, Drama Desk awards did not make distinctions between the sexes or musical versus dramatic roles. Theodore's success on Broadway boosted her career and led to concerts at major performance venues such as Carnegie Hall. In concert, Theodore has performed opposite such stars as Bob Hope, Bill Cosby, Jerry Lewis, George Burns, Bob Newhart, George Carlin, Joan Rivers, Rich Little and many more.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Theodore appeared regularly on many different talk and variety shows on television including Dick Cavett, Mike Douglas, and Merv Griffin. She is perhaps best remembered for her appearances with Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show, making more than 50 guest appearances. Theodore also created the role of Kitty Merritt on the daytime drama Search for Tomorrow, appeared in the television movie Face of Fear, and acted in numerous other popular TV shows like B.J. and the Bear, Family Medical Center, Lanigan’s Rabbi, and Rosetti &

Friday, June 26, 2009

Pin Up Lipstick

Pinup Girl Makeup Curls Post-War

A "lipstick lesbian" is a gay or bisexual woman who exhibits feminine gender attributes. The alliterative term is thought to have come into common usage during the 1980s in order to distinguish between lesbians who adhere to more conventional gender roles and those who do not.