“OK, Toots.” Hollywood Girls and Gags! Movie Humor, April 1937, Vol. 3, No. 9. George Quintana cover. Girl in garter belt and stockings playing a clarinet. Quintana’s (1902-1957) first art assignments were anonymous advertising work, but by 1934 he had begun to sell freelance cover illustrations to a variety of “spicy” pulp magazines, such as Gay French Life, Movie Humor, and Tempting Tales. These were sold at burlesque halls as well as well as under-the-counter at discreet newsstands.
Today, pin up style refers to an entire culture of classic feminine beauty, retro hair and makeup, and stylized photography. But this style of art has roots stretching back through two world wars as well as 19th century burlesque, and has inspired more than 50 years of glamorous style. Learn the history behind the glamor with a few milestones in pin up history.
Prang’s Natural History Series for Children. Cat family. Norman Allison Calkins and Abby Morton Diaz. L. Prang & Co., 1878. Paper covers. Publisher’s advertisement on back cover. Louis Prang (Poland, 1824-1909) is considered to be America’s premiere printer of chromolithography. He immigrated to the US as a political refugee and found work in New York and Boston where he became a skilled lithographer and wood engraver.
Aesop for Children. Illustrated By Milo Winter. Rand McNally & Co., Chicago, 1919. First edition. Pictorial cover. Original dust jacket. Aesop’s fables told for young children. Illustrated in color on every page including 12 particularly vibrant full page color plates. Winter’s greatest work was the oversize books he illustrated for Rand McNally from the late teens like the Aesop. Winter was a master of drawing animals that were anatomically accurate, yet still full of personality and life.