Your Grandpa’s Babes

by Brett & Kate McKay on October 21, 2008 · 135 comments

in Diversions, Travel & Leisure

Believe it or not, your grandpa is a red blooded male, just like you. And just like you, he appreciates the beauty of women. When he was your age, he snuck a peak at the latest cover girls on the newsstands or went to the movies to see the latest beauty grace the silver screen. Unlike you, your grandpa grew up in a time when women were women. Unfortunately, the women who get idolized by the media today look and act nothing like women. Today’s female celebrities have traded their womanly figure for sickly rail thin bodies, and they take pride in their promiscuous and skanky reputations. Your grandpa’s babes had curves and class.

So today we’d like to raise a toast to the women who caught the eye of our grandpas.

Vargas Girls

If your Grandpa flew a plane in the Big One, one of these lovely ladies probably graced the nose of his bomber. The Vargas Girls are the iconic pin-ups of Alberto Vargas. Vargas set the standard for pinup artists. He utilized a combination of watercolors and airbrush techniques to give his pinup girls their distinct soft look. While the Vargas Girls are definitely sexy, there was no nudity. Vargas understood the power of imagination.

When I was in high school, I had a Vargas Girl calendar hanging up in my room. One year when my grandpa was visiting us for Thanksgiving, he saw the calendar, took it down, and flipped through it reminiscing about his days as a soldier during WWII. I could see a faint smile on his lips and a twinkle in his eye as he did so.

Betty Grable

This gal had such amazing gams that her studio insured them for $1 million at Lloyds of London. Pictures of Ms. Grable and her famous legs were pinned up over the bunks of millions of GIs during WWII. Besides showing off her legs, Betty Grable was a leading lady in films like Moon over Miami and the aptly titled Pin Up Girl. Because of her beauty and her iconic pinup photo, she became the highest paid female star during the 1940s.

Grace Kelly

No woman epitomizes the combination of graceful beauty and undeniable talent like Grace Kelly. She starred in three Alfred Hitchcock films: To Catch a Thief, Dial M for Murder, and Rear Window. And she won an Oscar for her work with Bing Crosby in The Country Girl. Despite being such a winning leading lady, Grace Kelly left the movie industry when she married Prince Rainer III and became the Princess of Monaco.

Watch any film with Grace Kelly in it. Don’t be surprised if you catch your jaw dropping as you exclaim, “Damn! She is beautiful!” whenever she enters a scene.

Marilyn Monroe

Even 50 years after her tragic death, Marilyn Monroe still has a hold on the American psyche. People have been imitating Monroe’s iconic film and photo scenes for decades. Madonna’s “Material Girl” video? It’s just an updated version of Monroe’s rendition of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” in Gentleman Prefer Blonds. Anna Nicole Smith? Just another not so good looking Marilyn lookalike. Try as they might, no woman today can hold a candle to Marilyn’s legend and mystery.

Gil Elvgren Girls

When our grandpas were overseas kicking butt and saving the free world, the girls they left waving from some porch helped inspire them. The pinup girls of Gil Elvgren represented the sweet and innocent “girl next door” that American GIs thought about and fought for. Women in Elvgren’s art are usually depicted in embarrassing, but sexily charming situations. Frequently, it’s a gust of wind that lifts her skirt up just enough to show a nice pair of legs.

Lauren Bacall

The mysterious woman. You’ve seen this type. Her sultry looks and come hither stare makes you want to know more about her. Lauren Bacall’s magnetic charm attracted millions of men throughout the 40s and 50s. Not only did Ms. Bacall have those sultry looks, she had that sexy raspy voice to match. Bacall is best known for teaming up with manly actor Humphrey Bogart in several films, including The Big Sleep and Dark Passage. Even a star like Bogart couldn’t resist Bacall’s allure; drawn to her stunning looks and charming personality, they ended up getting hitched in 1945.

Gibson Girl

The Gibson Girl was probably one of you great grandpa’s babes. The Gibson Girl was the creation of illustrator Charles Dana Gibson at the turn of the 20th Century. The Gibson Girl personified the ideal woman of the 19th and early 20th century. She was tall, slender, and big bosomed. Additionally, the Gibson Girl piled her long hair on her head to expose her graceful swan like neck. Back then, that was enough to get a gentleman’s heart pumping. The Gibson Girl was used to sell everything from saucers and tea cups to pillow covers and fans.

Doris Day

Doris Day was what the entertainment industry now calls the “Triple Threat.” She could sing, dance, and act. Most importantly she could do them all marvelously. The other secret weapon to her prolific career was her sweet girl next door looks. Studios took advantage of this and often portrayed her as a wholesome girl in romantic comedies. While Day acted in over 39 films, some of her more famous ones include Teacher’s Pet, Pillow Talk, and Young at Heart co-starring Frank Sinatra. Doris Day represented the innocent girl. The girl that every man wants to take home to mother and settle down with.

Rita Hayworth

What do you get when you combine a Spanish flamenco dancer and a Ziegfeld girl? Drop dead gorgeous Rita Hayworth, that’s what. The iconic pic in Life magazine showing Hayworth kneeling on her bed in a silk and lace nightgown made her another morale boosting pin-up girl during WWII.

Check out this clip from the film Gilda.

Hayworth’s discrete sex appeal shines through as she does a strip tease while singing Put the Blame on Mame. But here’s the deal: the only thing she takes off are her gloves. Yeah, that’s it! Yet it’s still incredibly sexy. Women of the 21st century, take note: it is possible to be sexy without being immodest and skanky. It’s all about attitude and the way you carry yourself.

Maureen O’Hara

When your grandpa went to go see a film starring manly actor John Wayne, they were probably also treated to the beautiful Maureen O’Hara. This red headed Irish lass, starred in five, count em, five John Wayne films: Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, The Wings of Eagles, McLintock (which I saw countless times growing up because it’s my mom’s favorite movie), and Big Jake. She’s also famous for playing the mom in The Parent Trap; the original one. Not the crappy one with Lindsey Lohan. O’Hara’s characters were always strong willed and independent, which only added to her appeal.

Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr wasn’t just a pretty face who could act. This dame had a first rate head on her shoulders. She co-invented an early form of spread spectrum encoding. What is spread spectrum encoding you ask? You know that little do-hickey you call a cell phone? Or the wifi you use to read Art of Manliness while sipping your coffee? Spread spectrum encoding was the predecessor that made these technologies possible. When Miss Lamarr wasn’t busy inventing awesome technology, she was strutting her stuff in films like Samson and Delilah and Tortilla Flat.

Veronica Lake

Remember Jessica Rabbit’s trademark hair style? That whole bangs-covering-her-right-eye thing that somehow made a cartoon character sexy and mysterious? Well, guess what? A real life flesh and blood lady inspired that look and her name is Veronica Lake. Veronica Lake graced the silver screen in several popular 1940s films like Sullivan’s Travels and This Gun for Hire. This petite beauty (she stood only 4 ft. 11 in tall) also garnered a large fan base among American GIs who couldn’t get enough of the pin-up girl with a peekaboo hairstyle.

Your Grandma

Image from kalidoskopia

Your grandma? That sweet little old lady that makes you cookies and sends you savings bonds for your birthday? You’re damn right. Your grandpa thought your grandma was a total babe. She was the babe of all babes. Think about it, Jack. If he didn’t think your grandma was a babe, you wouldn’t be reading this article right now. I’m sure the first time gramps saw your sweet little granny looking all cute and perky in her bobby socks and saddle shoes, he gave her the look over, thought “hubba hubba!” and immediately took her to the nearest soda fountain to sip Coca-Cola from one glass with two straws. And even as your grandma got wrinkly and saggy, she stayed beautiful and alluring in his eyes. So here’s to you grandma for being grandpa’s greatest babe.

If you’d like to see more of your grandpa’s pin-ups, check out these sites:

The Pin-up Page

Starlet Showcase

Any other of grandpas’s babes you think should have been on the list? Drop a line in the comment box and let us know.

{ 135 comments… read them below or add one }

101 Paul October 23, 2008 at 3:05 pm

Call me old-fashioned (hey, that’s what draws me to AoM in the first place), but i don’t see how any of these classic pin-ups are any less demeaning of women than that of modern times. It still encourages us men to objectify women instead of treat them with the respect they deserve.

I think i need to go read the man-killers trilogy and “how to affair-proof your marriage” again to detox from this…

102 Darla October 23, 2008 at 3:16 pm

Well put me down as another woman who really enjoyed this post! I don’t think its demeaning at all. Very classy!

103 Manic October 23, 2008 at 6:11 pm

Such polarisation over a topic that is considerably TAME by today’s standards.

Not that today’s ‘standards’ are anything to go by.

Usually I just scan the replies to most posts [who has time to read them all?!] but this one really caught my attention.

To quote: “

Originally Posted By Dustin BostonI’ll be frank. I may have a hypersensitivity to porn. Maybe I am just being paranoid. But tomorrow my wife is going to see that I read a post called Classic Pin-up Girls. While she may not object to the content she may ask herself, “if he was willing to click that link, what else is he willing to click on?” (Before anyone flames me, I know I could delete it from my history–the point is that I shouldn’t have to.)…

…Last point. For the sake of your continued good reputation I would recommend taking down this post.

How much hypocrisy and irony is apparent in that?!

I would suggest that Dustin and his wife have a serious talk about what constitutes pornography and what doesn’t…because I found this hilarious.

‘Hypersensitivity to Porn’? Seriously?? Does that exist?

Flabbergasted.

104 Dusty October 23, 2008 at 8:39 pm

It might be productive, for those of you who consider these pictures to be demeaning… to explain how and why they are demeaning.

If any of the AoM readers are struggling with pornography addiction (and by percentage, there surely are), how is a post full of headshots and drawings dangerous (even to a reader that assumed this blog is a safe place to visit)? If *this* is a post from which a reader would need to “detox” then where can you go? Anywhere? Is the gentleman’s standard that he not look at any women? Or at least not attractive women? Appreciation of beauty and sexual objectification are two entirely separate things, and the inability to distinguish says more about the reader than it does the author.

One of the points here is that it is possible to be beautiful and have that beauty admired… without being vulgar. You can look at these pictures, appreciate that these women are beautiful, and not be “turned on.” In fact, it’s kind of bizarre if you are turned on by any of the above. And maybe a more fundamental point (though I’m not sure one Bret was making)… shouldn’t we admire beauty?

105 Ben October 24, 2008 at 7:15 am

@ “The Warring Masses” – For those that say that the pin-ups of today are nothing like the pin-ups of yesteryear, I’d like to give a few examples. Though stylistically different from the work of Elvgrin and Vargas, Andrew Bawidamann is one of many modern day artists like myself and Jessica Dougherty working in the realm of pin-up art that maintains the same level of class as our predecessors. There are also a number of models and photographers working today that specialize in creating classy and seductive pin-up images that share the same respect and appreciation of the female form as the images you would find on a GI’s wall. Being an artist that occasionally creates pin-up art myself, I am completely baffled by those that can look at an image of a clothed or semi-clothed woman that isn’t showing any of her nether regions and immediately think of it as porn. Yes it was risque (which is not the same as porn) in the 40s, but these days you’ll see more sexually explicit content turning on your TV, flipping through a magazine, or going to a niteclub or beach. This site is called “The Art of Manliness” for a reason. There is nothing un-gentlemanly or un-manly about appreciating a woman’s natural beauty. I don’t want to join in the skirmish too much so I’ll stop there.

@Brett – Vargas actually did quite a large number of nude and semi-nude pin-up paintings throughout his career (though mostly after the Great War). Elvgrin was the one that typically avoided showing bare breasts and nudity (though a few examples do exist). Oh, and you forgot Eva Marie Saint and the pin-up art of Al Buell and Bunny Yeager.

106 Ben October 24, 2008 at 7:21 am

Oh, and you forgot to credit Joyce Ballantyne (the female artist that painted the first image in this post).

107 James October 24, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Wow…this is upsetting. I wanted to post a long comment about how much I enjoyed the article…but all the humorless, uptight, and overly analytical posts have sucked all the enjoyment right out of this article.

The AoM is in many respects an ode to the past and a bygone era of what society deems “manly”. If that’s so offensive to you, you shouldn’t read it. I see what he’s saying here. There’s good and bad in everything. Yes the 40′s and 50′s were great for a lot reasons, but they have drawbacks too. There was prejudice, bigotry, inequality, etc etc. This blog has always been slightly tongue-in-cheek from my perspective.

Please lighten up everyone. Please.

I do want to say however, props for including gramma as the final girl. It’s good to remember that your relatives are people too. Not just “Grandmother” or “Father”.

108 Joshua Pettigrew October 24, 2008 at 12:26 pm

From this very site (Sex: The Man Killer):

“But it takes more to keep yourself on the right track than simply avoiding the obvious physical, tangible enticements. We must also keep our thoughts faithful and focused, a task difficult to do in this sex-saturated society. Everywhere a man turns there is another advertisement, another movie or commercial with a scantily-clad beauty daring us to pursue her.”

Then you post this. I’m disappointed.

109 amy October 24, 2008 at 5:26 pm

@kate, i really like your point about extrapolating sexuality in these pictures indicating a cultural normative way of viewing the pictures rather than some intrinsic quality to the pictures themselves. i will admit i have been guilty of objectifying women, myself included, which is probably why i am so uniquely sensitive to any hint of sexual objectification. we tend to despise that in others which we most fear in ourselves. i suppose that the objectification is in the eye of the beholder. i think comparing these pictures to a rodin sculpture is a bit of a jump because to me it seems clear that the intent with pin-up art is to sexually titillate whereas The Kiss, to the best of my ability to discern, was not. i have thought before that sometimes the more subtle evocative media can be even more dangerous than the hard-core variety because while any person with a brain knows watching an act of explicit violence knows he is out of line, it is easier to justify getting turned on by a ‘sweet’ girly picture. at the end of the day i think that sexual arousal should be reserved for relationships and if these pictures were designed to stimulate sexual arousal, they do not have a place on the walls of the manly. if they are art for art’s sake, without intent or effect of stimulating sexual desire, i stand corrected. it would be hard to convince me of this, but i have appreciated the conversation and new thoughts so far.

@david, thank you for the kind words. i have to say that i am confused about the folks with high bmi but low fat and muscle mass (do they just have REALLY big skeletons?). my understanding is that high bmi is associated with greater risk for heart disease and some cancers. i have heard that excess body fat increases the chances of SURVIVING an otherwise lethal cardiac arrest; i also understand that the chances of avoiding that heart attack in the first place are diminished considerably by eating a high-nurtient, low-calorie diet and maintaining very low body fat. i am not interested in internet articles, so the suggestion that i google the topic doesnt much appeal. if you are aware of peer-reviewed articles in medical journals, please pass them along. a calorie restricted diet is, from what i have read, the greatest predictor of long life. it’s worth looking into. i don’t hate myself or others of the curvaceous variety, i’m just sayin we ought not dog on the thin.

110 Shehan October 25, 2008 at 4:06 pm

Great list. But no beautiful women of color! It’s not as if grandpa didn’t think there were beautiful minorities!

111 Mitch October 26, 2008 at 8:09 pm

So many greats from the past, including Virginia Mayo. But no Esther Williams or Ingrid Bergman, or even Bridget Bardot; oh well, guess we couldn’t get them all in.

112 Kunal October 27, 2008 at 12:58 am

lol this is sweet!

113 A October 29, 2008 at 7:03 am

I don’t know about this post. It doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest of the site. I thought the point was to build up the modern man, to help me and the other readers become better men. Looking at Pinups seems to contradict the post Be a Modern Knight: Protecting Your Lady in the 21st Century. I think it is a short step from here to internet porn and other like material, something that a lot of men battle. I just feel disappointed.

114 Manic October 30, 2008 at 5:47 am

@A

Heard it all before…come on seriously, it is just Pinup art and headshots.

If you think it is one short step…then that’s more of a indication of your habits than what it really is: Pinup.

You cannot deny that during WW2 and Vietnam, soldiers kept images of their wives and girlfriends to keep them going through the hard times. And for those who didn’t have that, had Pinup.

115 mary January 26, 2009 at 9:29 am

Fabulous post!

@Dustin- maybe if you were worried what she’d think about the title “Classic Pin-up Girls” you shouldn’t have clicked on it to begin with. That’s your own fault. What did you think it’d be about, Elephants?

@protesters. I’ve been delighted with this site, even though I just found it. I can’t say much for the history of it, but if this is the most questionable article yet than HALLELUJAH! well freaking done. Wank wank wank wank. That’s what I have to say in frustration. Wank. There. Done.

@All- I recommend all of you watch “Sex Madness” (1938) some time to see just how an awkward and tame burlesque show could be to make all the guys somehow crazy sexual maniacs. It’s dreadful acting, but a fun “exploitation” film, like “Reefer Madness”.

MMmm, I guess Betty is a bit too much for this article? Love Grace, though. Love them all, actually… except I’ve never been much of a Monroe fan. I’m sorry for any who might be offended by my honesty but I never thought she was much of an actress or singer. No offense to her or her legacy, but for me you need more than a pretty face. Like Hedy Lamarr… Love it.

The new burlesque movement is fun and all, (and very well dressed! Well, when dressed…) but it is a bit stronger than the original.

Yes, I’m a lady who reads this, and since several of the other ladies who do have rather… differing opinions than my own I’d probably better speak my mind to make up for all the ones who also feel as I do but have the common sense to not bother posting.

While it’s charming for men to feel unfaithful to their own while looking at porn (vintage or new- though I have loads of the former myself) and thus abstain from it, I personally don’t find porn a threat or disgrace. You don’t have to watch, you don’t have to star in it- that’s all a matter of personal discretion, along with many other bedroom-y things that I think are no one’s business but one’s own and to be dealt with delicately in relationships. There are plenty more mainstream stuff to point fingers at if you’re going to complain about antifeminism. However, I think the fem-bots here are missing a key point.

Much of this website hearkens to an older era, when the men wore hats and the porn was softer and not poking you in the eye all the time. Sure, the pin-ups then were mighty racey for the time, and there were the scandals just like today, but isn’t it nice to think maybe a woman can feel sexy and empowered before she even takes anything off? And isn’t it nice to think men can respect and admire women who are good role models for being sexy while not ….naked?

Besides, you can’t tell me the dialogue in these movies wasn’t a little classier than the worst of our own TV slush, like the Real World which is nothing like the real world but has a decent soundtrack which keeps people watching. Not to say the time was inherently better all-over because it wasn’t. But besides grinding on a dance floor, maybe there are better ways to show how sexy we are, better lines to keep a guy at bay, classy ways to tell someone we deserve everything in the world. And maybe guys should respect us for that. Although, in my experience I’ve found lots of guys that love a classy broad and have the common sense to respect that when they see it….. if they don’t, than you’re better off waiting and hunting for somebody who does. Let’s encourage that, classiness and style in men and ladies!

Though these were pin-ups then, they could hardly be counted as porn now, any more than classical roman art.

116 McJeff March 19, 2009 at 6:34 am

I know this comment is way after the fact, but where the heck is Liz Taylor?!?!?

C’mon, she’s gotta be one of the most beautiful women of all time!!! Those eyes!

Oh yeah, and Kim Novak, too.

117 zee April 18, 2009 at 8:04 pm

This post is disgusting. The rest of this great site teaches great ways to be a man in the traditional sense, but then this one is the opposite. The only woman you guys should ever be looking at in her underwear is your wife at home.

118 Spinning June 16, 2009 at 6:44 am

Both class and sensuality are states of mind and how one handles themselves in any given situation. If one is consistent in both and follows through with the correct usage of each in every situation, that person will have the respect and admiration of their peers. Someone like the aforementioned Paris, although wealthy was unable to do this correctly in the time she allowed so chose to do the opposite to get noticed by the press and Hollywood.

Unfortunately, were you able to look up the stats on how many young models are being treated for and dying of eating disorders you may get a better handle on just how much pressure there really is on these young women and girls to be an unhealthy degree of thin. This then carries over into the rest of society and girls not yet in their teens complain of being overweight. This is not just a single case or two, it is spreading rapidly, check with your own kids, and in every country where fashion models walk the runways.

I cannot speak for the rest of this site, as I have not as yet perused it, I has done a search for the Gibson Girls and landed here during my foray. I do find it humorous that folks wish to include the Gibson & Vargas Girls in ‘Your Grandpa’s Babes’ I truly like the art work myself, and later on they did get a model to pose as a Gibson Girl, but I have no idea if anyone got a model to actually pose as any of the Vargas Girls. I never knew my Grandpa’s, but I would hope they preferred flesh and blood women as I do. I love art work too, but nothing takes the place of a real woman.

Regardless of a woman’s stature, be she an amazon. or petite, slender or a beauty of yesteryear, I dare say if she carries herself with allure and confidence and exudes that sense of knowing as only a woman can, there isn’t a manly man anywhere that didn’t take a second look and wonder!

And as for reading here. women look too, so reading what men think and like would only be natural. And any man that doesn’t listen when a woman speaks from the heart, is missing a lot of chances to not only please both of you but to become much closer than you ever imagined. And yes I expect to get a lot of flack for that statement even though it is the gospel truth…lol

I think I first got to know Myrna Loy in ‘The Thin Man’, and yes she truly should be on this list. One that came much later but that I also thought was a very classy lady was the co-star of ‘Hart to Hart’, Stefanie Powers. I don’ t remember any scandals, but could easily be wrong, and she still seemed to have that kind of class some of the earlier one’s had. And try to remember, regardless of what goes on behind closed doors folks, that is between two adults no matter what, unless those pesky camera pests get involved…lol

119 Amanda September 10, 2009 at 9:47 am

These girls had qualities which are totally absent in modern so- called ‘pin-ups’… allure, class and mystique. Basically, to sum up, ‘We may all like apple pie – but we don’t like it thrown in our face!’

One gorgeous lady is conspicuous by her absence however. Where is the incomparable AVA GARDNER??!!!

120 Vintage Pinups November 17, 2009 at 12:01 am

Excellent post. Very Classy and well thought out. Glad I stumbled across your site. Does anyone else think Megan Fox looks a little like Hedy Lamarr?

121 Wrathbone January 2, 2010 at 11:02 pm

Rita Hayworth…as someone who already goes GAA-GAA over redheads…YIKES!

But as said before, Bettie Page should be included…while she was inclined to show a little more skin than the others, I think she still showed a bit of wild class that is sorely missed.

122 Katie January 16, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Wow. Wow! Ok, so I’m a young woman who stumbled on this page completely by accident, and it made my day. I was so glad to see evidence that there are men out there who respect and appreciate and acutally like women. It’s given me hope for the future, and I would like to say THANK YOU to AoM.

123 Andy "Chieftain" Cawston February 1, 2010 at 1:36 am

I’ve always enjoyed the Vargas Girls pin-ups, ever since I was a 12 year-old boy. Particularly the ones that graced aeroplanes during WW-II. These girls were classy girls-next-door types, and it was all in innocent fun. Unlike our modern-day Hollywood strumpets…errrr… I mean “Starlets”. This might be progress, but not all progress is good progress, as they say.

124 Steve February 4, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Loved this article – the women of the ’40s and ’50s had it going on back in the day! Especially liked Grandma at the end of the list.

While I was glad to see Grace Kelly, Rita Hayworth, and of course, Marilyn, why no mention of Bettie Page, Ava Gardner, or Ursula Andress? The omission of Audrey Hepburn also rankles.

125 L. Neil Smith March 22, 2010 at 11:32 am

I _am_ your grandpa, and I never saw a thing I liked about Audrey Hepburn. They’re all right here about Bettie Page, though, and Ava Gardner may be the most beautiful woman who ever lived. And Hedy Lamar (_not_ Hedley!) was a technogeek’s dream girl. But who could ever forget Janet Leigh, especially in those peek-a-boo silk pajamas she wore for John Wayne in _Jet Pilot_?

126 DJS April 4, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Ingrid Bergmann. Totally agree with Grace Kelly. She is stunning, and the precise way she talks seems to ooze sophistication.

127 Andrea July 26, 2010 at 4:02 pm

I for one LOVED this article! I kind of accidently stumbled across this page, and found it soo refreshing!
As a young woman, it is hard to find role models more like Christina Hendricks (Joan Halloway- AMC’s “Mad Men”) in a world where Nicole Richie and Anna Lyn Mccord (sp?) are the ‘epitome’ of the female form.

The men from the 30′s and 40′s were classy as well, and knew how to treat others. I don’t think you would catch John Wayne sucker punching someone or shouting crude remarks out of a car window. Hopefully the media will follow “Mad Men”‘s lead and do a little throw back in time, to when men were men and women were women!

This article is by no means against the women of today, it is refreshing! Love it! xoxo

128 Shi August 13, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Timinator and Julio – love your comments :-)
Being a woman (and a petite, curvy one at that), I enjoyed this article very much. Do I have anything against thin women? Absolutely not!! All women are beautiful. We all have our own unique and beautiful bodies!!
I appreciate the fact that there are men (my amazing husband being one of them), who love a womanly, curvy woman.
And that there are men who love a lean, thinner woman. To each his own.
There is so much pressure on girls and women to be PERFECT (whether it be thinner, curvier, bigger this, smaller that, etc.), and that’s the real issue.
There is almost no encouragement for women to love who they are – their bodies, their minds, their class, their style. And that is sad.
Were the bombshells the article talks about better or perfect? Of course not. We are all only human.
I think what the article was trying to express was the lack of taste and class. The lack in today’s society of accepting a woman for HER body, curvy or not.

And there again, we are ALL entitled to our own opinions :-D

129 Hayden M January 11, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Grace Kelly: (In my opinion) the sum of all female perfection. Today I hear a lot how ‘Megan Fox looked hot in that swimsuit’ or junk like that. Anybody who’s ever seen ‘Rear Window’ knows that Princess Grace could do more to a man while fully dressed than modern actresses can do in their underwear, just because of her intelligence, elegance, and poise. ( I say ‘man’ because I doubt a hedonistic overgrown male-child would understand the allure). When she came on screen you knew you were seeing a vision of the unobtainable. What can I say? Bimbos are legion, real ladies are few, and she was one of a kind.

130 Leia March 24, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Since I’m African-American, both of my grandfathers (more than likely my mother’s father since he served in the South Pacific in World War II) probably would have been Josephine Baker, who is more of a performer. There’s no recognition for these women because of race relations in the past when there was segregation. In fact, I was hardly able to find any information on pin-up girls that were of any other race….

131 Dixon June 4, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Wow, a lot of losers post here. “I…can’t look at pics of women in swimsuits. Too much for me.” Might be time to think of deactivating comments. Online comments just seem to be a place where the mentally ill gather to vomit forth the tortured thoughts of their diseased minds.

132 deChelca June 4, 2013 at 10:34 pm

I’m 42 and, thanks to my Mom, I’ve been watching and loving old movies all my life. Love them.

That said, I would have watched Doris Day read a newspaper. Wow.

And where’s Kim Novak??

133 northeastoutdoorsman November 14, 2013 at 4:31 pm

My first reaction to reading this post was that it is pretty harmless. The women are attractive, classy, and certainly modest by todays standards.

After reading some of the comments by those who object to this post I began to have second thoughts. I will never be able to say that the women above aren’t attractive but does a classy woman pose in a bathing suit for men to look at? These pictures are almost innocent by todays standards but they were most likely borderline scandalous back in the day. Grandma sure wouldn’t have been happy to see grandpa leering at these pinups, also I’m sure most mothers would have been ashamed to find one in their sons bedroom, and their sisters embarrassed.

These pictures are certainly a far cry from pornography but they opened the door just a crack and what followed was a flood.

This is a fantastic website and their is a wealth of terrific information and lessons to be taken from it.

Respectfully,
Northeastoutdoorsman

134 LJ November 29, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Hmm. I couldn’t help myself when I started reading the comments, though to be honest, I wish I didn’t. The sheer prudishness of some posters really astonishes me. I mean, for the Vargas girls or some of the drawn posters, I sorta understand an aversion to that – it can get pretty racy. But with actresses and models like Grace Kelly and Veronica Lake I don’t understand how people can come to the conclusion that they are the same as crude internet porn. And anyway, even if they were, even if in some dark, dark corner of extreme right-wing prudish belief, they were the one and the same, you still, still would have no right to tell someone not to look at it. Come on. This is not your site. Don’t forsake this wealth of advice and knowledge because of personal preference. And if you really can’t stand the sight of these pictures, go somewhere else and don’t bother the people who do appreciate this.

135 Jack P. Lasterer March 18, 2014 at 10:05 pm

I’m surprised Ingrid Bergman didn’t make this list, she was pretty hot back in the day. Plus she also had some ties to Humphrey Bogart. Oh well. Otherwise a good list.

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