During World War 2, the American Magazine for GI’s (called YANK would you believe?) featured a number of fabulous pin-ups to help boost morale of the troops. Many were big cinema stars like Rita Hayworth, Betty Grable and Ingrid Bergman (waving below) but, however famous, all of them were fabulous.
Unlike the idealised sirens drawn by Vargas and Gil Elvgren which were popular in the pages of Esquire magazine and on the noses of planes, these were real women who range from the very risque, to super-glam to the girl next door.
WW2 Pin-Up of Martha Holliday
WW2 Pin-Up in Yank Magazine: Carole Gallagher
Betty Anne Cregan poses in a tropical bikini, December 1945
Esther Williams pin-up photo from October 1945
Evelyn Ankers in a gingham bikini for July 1945’s pin-up
Frances Vorne struggling on the beach for February 1945’s issue of YANK magazine
Ingrid Bergman looking sexy in the hay
Sweater-girl style pin-up of Lina Romay from May 1945
Pat Clark from February 1945
Ramsay Ames looking sulky on a bamboo mat for April 1945’s pin-up
Sherry Britton in a barely-there bikini, December 1945
August 1945’s pin-up girl was Andrea King
Never has a baggy bikini looked as good as on Eileen Coghlan
The leggy Jean Trent for the March 1945 issue
WW2 Pin-Up in Yank Magazine: Ann Savage in fishnets from February 1944
Thursday, April 09, 2015
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