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Here are some of America's sweethearts, the American dream girls - sultry, sexy, glamorous but chaste - the calendar and magazine girls that permeated every aspect of life in the United States and the free world from the 1930s to the 1960s. Although living pin-up starlets and celebrities such as Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth filled the movie magazines and film screens, it was the hundreds of millions of printed pin-ups that decorated walls, wallets, lockets and lockers that truly captured the spirit of the American pin-up.

While the origins of the pin-up can be found in the works of Gibson and Christy and in the early works of Armstrong and Vargas, it was only in the 1940s during the Second World War and shortly thereafter that the pin-up evolved into the girl we nostalgically long for today.

Gil Elvgren was the finest and most imaginative artist in his genre and heads the group of artists who were most effective in portraying this ideal of femininity. He is joined here by his friends and colleagues  Earl Moran, George Petty, Art Frahm, Peter Driben and others. An interesting note is that some of the best and  most famous of the pin-up artists were women, led by Zoe Mozert.

All of the artists herein have captured the essence of this art form by understanding what one of the earliest champions of the pin-up, "King" Arthur, called " pose, clothes and expression". 
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