Wowser of a Book Event Ad

Lorelei James and MaryJanice Davidson are doing an event together to benefit the Readiatrics Book Drive – and the ads for the event are something else. I’m totally impressed with the quality and if it weren’t such a far walk, I’d head out to Rapid City to attend.



I love the use of vintage art, especially pinup girls. I know some folks hate them, but for me, the more curvy images of women are so much more powerful now, and seem daring and subversive decades after they were originally painted. The vintage pinup girl also wears a lot more clothing than current depictions of sexualized women, and reveals how much the concept of sexy has changed, and at the same time, not changed. Now, if we can come up with some vintage pinup dudes, that would be even better. I’d have a decor motif for my office!

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    krsylu says:

    I feel so much better! I thought I was the only girl who liked vintage pinups! I think they are beautiful, sexy, mischievous, playful, and full of fun. Who could ask for anything more?

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    Chicklet says:

    Another pin-up fan here. There’s a sense of fun and knowingness imbuing so many of those paintings. It’s a big contrast to the often vacant looks on current nude models and porn stars.

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    SheaLuna says:

    I luuuuuuuuuuuurve vintage pinup Girls!  Way more sexy than that current trend of one’s vertebrae jutting out of one’s skin.

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    MicheleKS says:

    Great ads! Hope they have a great turnout (and if I could afford the plane tickets and time off I’d go, too).

    And I love the old pinup girls because they weren’t stick figures but real women. Smart and sexy at the same time.

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    Elizabeth Wadsworth says:

    I’m another one who loves the old pinup girls, both for the quality of the art (who bothers with lush, full-color paintings anymore?) and the sense of fun that Chicklet commented on.  Those girls look as though they’re enjoying themselves and sharing a joke with the audience, as opposed to the expressions of pain and/or boredom that most present-day models wear.  (The only thing approaching pinup dudes I can think of are the old Arrow Collar ads by Leyendecker (sp?) and some of Charles Dana Gibson’s guys.)

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    MamaNice says:

    I like ‘em too, and agree for all the reasons stated above…they’re classy and sassy.

    I love the girl handling the nuts in the 2nd image…double entendre anyone?

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    Kathy B says:

    Love, love, love pin ups!  I just moved from Rapid City, so I’m totally bummed I won’t be able to attend.

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    saltypepper says:

    I too love vintage pinups.  However, due to the time they were produced, it is hard to find any who are not white or extreme stereotypes of other races/ethnicities.

    If you are in the market for vintage pinup dudes, you might try looking at old cigarette ads, they sometimes feature cowboys who, while never quite as provocatively posed as the pinup girls, look similarly styled.  Or, you could check out Tom of Finland’s work, who was doing underground gay illustrations all through the mid- 20th C. It’s pinup art (or outright porn oftentimes) for gay guys from the same time period. His work is often very NSFW so consider yourself warned if you go googling.

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    L says:

    If any of you bitchery ladies like to sew, check out Alexander Henry’s fabrics! He has pin-up designs, both male and female –  I have pillows on my bed made from the cowboys, firemen, construction men, and outdoorsy men! 🙂

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    mirain says:

    A few years back I went to a lecture on pin-ups by a WWII historian. One of the really interesting things he talked about was how many soldiers (including his father) had photos of their girlfriends or wives copying the pin-ups’ poses and outfits, rather than mass-produced images. It didn’t sound like the girlfriends were considered “naughty” or anything for taking these photos.

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    Love the vintage pin-ups!  So sexy.  Looks like a fun event.

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    Zinemama says:

    Yeah, but what’s up with the squirrel on her knee?

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    I adore the old pinups from the 20s through the 50s.  Nice to see others feel the same way.  There was just something about them that delights the eye.  They’re naughty, not dirty.

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    lunarocket says:

    I’ll tell you what’s up with the squirrel, it was a way to get nuts into the picture!!! 😉

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    Katherine C. says:

    Jumping on the I Heart Vintage Pinups bandwagon for many of the same reasons already posted here. They’re naughty (not totally naked, they realized you don’t always have to show lots of skin to be sexy) and fun, and the women aren’t stick figures.

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    Sam says:

    Count me in among those who like pinups. I think I like both the fact that they are not stick figures and the clothes. There’s some kind of magazine out there about old cars that features female models dressed up like pinups girls. I think it’s called something like Old School Rodz.

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    LizC says:

    The second one cracks me up, because she’s totally wearing a “Red Hat Society” outfit.  I like to imagine that she’s sassy, sexy, curvy AND over 50.

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    Lisa richards says:

    I also love the vintage art. Probably one of the reason’s I feel in love with “Mad Men”

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