Your Week in Pin Up Issue 56: The Traveling Edition

26 June 2017

Losing Track of Time and Catching Up

Our Public Service Announcement

Le clitoris – Animated Documentary (2016) from Lori Malépart-Traversy on Vimeo.

Via the amazeballs Lori Malépart-Traversy. Must see.

Too Fat. Too Slutty. Too Loud.

I’m not a big fan of Anne Helen Peterson’s writing style at times, but she does say what I’m thinking. And her new book kind of sums up the conundrum facing women in contemporary culture.

Maybe we’re just too female???

Not Forgetting.

And the Hello Beautiful article included our bae Ashleeta!

Repeat after me: pin up isn’t white.

Thank you.

Our Public Service Announcement, Part Dueux

No, Betty White wasn’t that blonde bombshell. That would be Betty Brosmer.

This is Betty White in her youth. Still a bombshell.

This. GIF.






A Day in the Archives with Berenice Abbott

Berenice Abbott, Daytona Beach. Published on Art Blart. Courtesy Getty Images.

I’ve been spending the last few days in the archives at the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto.

Archives are strange places. As the book Archive Stories points out, archives have individual personalities and identities. Some are staid and bureaucratic. Others are more informal. Individuals can be archives, as well as some websites in addition to bricks and mortar spaces.

The Ryerson Image Centre is a type of hybrid. On the one hand it’s terribly structured, with limits on what photographs can be viewed or handled due to the status of the negatives or images. One of the archivists walked me through a number of uncatalogued images; other were too fragile to even be handled. A giant climate controlled space, similar to a huge refrigerator, is used to store the photographic negatives.

But on the other hand, it’s a very loose space. It’s busy, with archivists and researchers talking to one another in normal voices. Some people wore headsets to block out the distractions from people talking and writing.

A quiet space it’s not.

Nonetheless, I found myself getting caught up in the “time” of the archive I was researching. I’m doing a new project about female photographers. Berenice Abvott’s archives are held, in part, by Ryerson. I’ve spent the last week reading her notebooks, looking at a (very small) selection of her images, and reading her oral history.

Berenice Abbott, billboard at Palisades Park New Jersey.

I’m struck immediately about how little things have changed. In an interview Abbott did for an oral history project at the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, she said,

There are a great many social factors that guide women in one direction, but this is not natural. It is not human nature. They are being absolutely deprived of their birthright. It starts way back before birth. They’re cooked by the age of four.

This was in 1975. Forty-one years ago.

I’m going to hash out some thoughts on this in the next few days. But one of the reason I’m drawn to Abbott is the detail of her photographs. In the Route 1 series, she traveled America’s Atlantic Coast from Maine to Florida in the mid-1950s. This is a lovely detail of a particular point in American life, and worth sharing.

Sunoco Station, Berenice Abbott. Published on Art Blart. Courtesy Getty Images.




Is This Feminist? DC Comics Bombshells — Hannah Reads Books

Love the DC Comic Bombshells.

Knowing me, you might expect me to have something to say about the Wonder Woman movie. It is my new favorite movie. Moving on to a very related topic, I’ve got another feminist superhero comic for you! The DC Comics Bombshells started as an art line by Ant Lucia, which became a DC statue line, and […]

via Is This Feminist? DC Comics Bombshells — Hannah Reads Books


This is a repost of a blog from 2011 on our sister project, Hinges of History.

The World War II-era pin-up art is quite amazing. It’s no surprise that scholars like Walt Reed have dubbed the era “the golden age” of the pin-up.  Think about it: pin-ups were everywhere, from magazines like Esquire to the noses of planes to even personal snapshots (check out our friend Maria Elena Buzek’s fascinating book Pin-Up Grrls for a discussion of that phenomena). The director’s mother – the WAVE who inspired this project – had a collection of drawings she did during the war era of women in pin-up guise. They were everywhere.

This is a recruitment poster for the WAVES and SPARs done by pin-up artist George Petty. Petty was the “establishment” when it came to pin-ups – he pretty much created the famous Esquire pin-up centerfolds. But when he left the magazine in 1940, his role was taken over by an young upstart, Antonio Vargas.  His pin-ups (dubbed “Varga Girls”) made the Petty pin-ups look tame by comparison: buxom, long legs, tiny waists – to contemporary eyes a combination of Barbie doll and Playboy centerfold.

This image came from a calendar Esquire ran during the war – which featured a WAVE-to-be. The poem alongside her reads:

I’m going to join the Navy WAVES and help the war to halt, and also show my Navy beau that I am worth my “Salt!”

Vargas also did the SPARs recruitment poster, below.

The Name Game

Love this serious from Mrs. Greatnews.

And we’re back with more pinups discussing how they came to choose their pinups names. Or decide to not go with a name at all! Today we’re hearing from Miss Mabel May, Miss Jessica Mae and Kaye Clyne (owner of Kabella Baby). First up, Miss Mabel May! Flying to Auckland again and I couldn’t resist […]

via What’s in a Pinup Name? (Or How to Pick a Pinup Name Part 2, featuring NZ Pinups) — Mrs Greatnews

Profiles in Art: Rebecca Bedell

Art History offers the knowledge and the critical skills that equip us to probe, analyze, make sense of and make meaningful the visual aspects of our environment.—not just paintings hanging on museum walls, but the buildings we walk past each day, the parks we visit, the spatial configurations of the places we inhabit, the digital advertisements that assault us all through the day.

See this fabulous interview with Art Historian Rebecca Bedell for more.

Rebecca Bedell is an Associate Professor of the Art of the United States, Art Department, Wellesley College.  Professor Bedell is author of The Anatomy of Nature: Geology and American Landscape Pai…

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Your Week in Pin Up Issue 55: The Superhero Edition

12 June 2017

Hint: They’re Not All Comic Book Characters

This Powerful Anti-Rape Message.

Was it Rape Then? from Lady Brain by Casey Gates on Vimeo.

The short film Was It Rape, Then? uses language from Shakespeare to talk about the issue of sexual assault. Beautiful.

RIP Adam West.

If you were from a certain generation, he WAS Batman.

If you were from another, he was the voice of the Mayor of Quahog on Family Guy.

Adam West died last week at the age of 88.

Our Quote of the Week

I want to make a great superhero film. Not a great female superhero film.

Jenkins and Godot on set. Warner Brothers Entertainment.

From the set of Wonder Woman. Thank you for succeeding, Patty Jenkins.

Hello, Bettie.

Our repost of this great blog from Graphic Policy on the reappearance of Bettie Page in the comics had you all buzzing.

This. GIF.


Betty Brosmer, “the Most Gorgeous Body of 50s” —

Beauty queen of 1950s Betty Brosmer started her model career at the age of 13. The result was more than impressive – she has won over 50 beauty contests, has appeared on magazine covers more than 300 times, her image decorated more than a hundred calendars, billboards across the country, and she was the highest paid […]

via Betty Brosmer, “the Most Gorgeous Body of 50s” —

Boudoir Burlesque! — Miss Lady Lace’s Vintage Pinup Blog

The show is June 17th. The feature is timeless.

Hello lovelies! The next fabulous edition of The Boudoir Burlesque Show on next week so it’s time to meet out beautiful and talented cast! The Boudoir Burlesque Show is taking place June 17th from 7pm at Rigby’s Bar! For tickets CLICK HERE! Warm regards, Pinup Girl | Burlesque Artist | Vintage Blogger E: W: %5B…%5D

via Boudoir Burlesque! — Miss Lady Lace’s Vintage Pinup Blog

What’s in a Pinup Name? (Or How to Pick a Pinup Name Part 1, featuring NZ Pinups) — Mrs Greatnews

When you’re just getting into the pinup scene, it can all be a little overwhelming. Dresses, accessories, hair, makeup… And now you have to pick a stage/Instagram name? Well, not necessarily. I’ve spoken to a few New Zealand honeys who use pinup names and some who don’t, and here’s what they had to say about […]

via What’s in a Pinup Name? (Or How to Pick a Pinup Name Part 1, featuring NZ Pinups) — Mrs Greatnews