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4th of July Pinups – Bombs, Boobs and Bunting

Happy 4th!

Ava Gardner

 

Marilyn Monroe

 

Painting by Gil Elvgren

 

 

Barbara Eden

 

Helen Twelvetrees

 

Debbie Reynolds

 

 

Cyd Charisse w/ Tom & Jerry

 

Painting by A. Vargas – caption read – “Golly Mr. Hancock yours is the largest.”

 

Rita Hayworth

 

Marilyn

 

Susan Hayward and Virginia Dale

 

 

Jane Mansfield

 

Doris Day

 

 

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Happy Thanksgiving

A Pinup for every occasion.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

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Bunny Yeager – Hot Pinup and Hot Pinup Photographer

Linnea Eleanor “Bunny” Yeager (March 13, 1929 – May 25, 2014) Bunny Yeager started her career as a regionally famous model in Miami in the early 50’s appearing in over 300 magazines and publications (she won numerous local beauty pageants including Queen of Miami, Florida Orchid Queen, Miss Trailercoach of Dade County (!!!!), Miss Army & Air Force, Miss Personality of Miami Beach, Queen of the Sports Carnival and Cheesecake Queen of 1951.) Bunny augmented her modeling career with photography and meeting Bettie Page in 1954 she would find her muse. She would shoot over 1000 photos of Bettie creating her ‘girl next door image’ making Bettie the hottest pinup ever. Her shots are classics including the famous 1955 Playboy Christmas centerfold of Bettie kneeling at a small Christmas tree, naked except for a Santa hat. Bunny would also appear 5 times in Playboy as a model herself – one occasion actually shot by Hugh Hefner. Bunny would go on to shoot for mainstream magazines like Cosmopolitan, Esquire and Womens Wear Dailey in the 60’s. She is credited w/ popularizing the Bikini all over the world, primarily w/ her shots of Ursula Andress coming out of the waves in a small 2-piece from the James Bond movie Dr. No. She’s even credited with coining the phrase cheesecake (for photos of pinups and other scantily clad women). Nice work, if you can get it.

Bunny's most famous model - Bettie Page

Bunny’s most famous model – Bettie Page

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Bunny and Betty

Bunny and Betty

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Bunny - Self Portrait

Bunny – Self Portrait

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With Bettie 1954

With Bettie 1954

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Bunny with Chimp

Bunny with Chimp

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FILE - In this April 23, 2013 file photo, photographer Bunny Yeager poses next to a self portrait photograph taken in 1952 at the Bunny Yeager Studio in Miami. Yeager, a model turned photographer who was most famous for photographing Bettie Page in the 1950s, died Saturday, May 24, 2014, at a Delray Beach hospice. She was 85 years old. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

With 1952 self portrait. Bunny at 84

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Design/Illustration: Valery Barykin

Valery Barykin

There’s a lot of cool illustration and painting coming out of Russia these days and much of it seems to be influenced by American popular culture. I know nothing about this illustrator (no Wikipedia page yet and minimal web presence), other then he fuses old pin-up style illustration with 40’s and 50’s propaganda design. Some of his pin-ups are direct copies of existing art such as the Gil Elvgren girl below right. If anyone speaks Russian or knows anything about Valery Barykin (his/her name is even spelled a few different ways) please let me know. All I know is he’s pretty damn good.