Huffington Post By Art Frahm Sexy and sultry yet typically leaving something to the imagination , pin-ups cause many of us to think of the time surrounding World War Two. But in reality, the pin-up even precedes World War One. And, bizarrely enough, it came about thanks to the bicycle. But there was a hang up: Because of this, ladies started to warm to more functional and form-fitting pants, inevitably highlighting the shapes that their skirts had once concealed.
In discarding the petticoats and ground-length skirts for bloomers, the artistic inspiration that is the female form would soon assume new roles. As printing technology made gains, more and more magazines featured images of this unattainable idealistic beauty.
For the first time in the United States, men had an easily attainable source of feminine fantasy at their fingertips. While the first calendar featuring George Washington failed to make the markets clamor for more, the concept still held great promise. The division mobilized all media outlets in the creation of propaganda that would further the US war effort. Sex, sells, after all; and in the early 20th century, the US made it so that it would recruit, too.
Buzzfeed Illustration Film Fun magazine, Enoch Bolles When men returned from the War, the women of the Roaring Twenties were not willing to surrender the freedom they had acquired while their husbands were away.
Combine this with the overall atmosphere of rebellion that helped define the Prohibition period, and increasingly-revealing clothing mirrored an ever-opening society. Calendar artists followed and helped shape these changes in dress and attitude: This time around, pin-ups were used in recruitment materials, posters and calendars promoting the purchase of war bonds.
Huffington Post By Alberto Vargas c the Max Vargas Collection As pieces of propaganda, it makes sense that pin-ups were drenched in nationalistic symbols.
Whatever the activity, though, it was always done in a cheeky manner. To this day, she is considered to be the most photographed and collected woman in history.
Knowing the future was photography, he pushed the limits further and further in the growing medium. Entire websites are dedicated to the genre, with models of all shapes, sizes, and ethnic backgrounds carrying the tradition into the future.