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1 March 2015

March pin-up girl by Bill Randall

This March pin-up girl was published in 1959 by the Kemper-Thomas Calendar Company and was painted by Bill Randall.

Bill Randall was a highly prolific, versatile illustrator who painted pin-up and pin-up art for a vast range of markets. The first of Randall's Date Book calendar series was published in 1953 by the Kemper-Thomas Calendar Company in Ohio. One of the most successful in the company's history, the series is sometimes compared to the Artist's Sketch Pads published by Brown & Bigelow. However, Randall's sketches were executed in gouache rather than pencil and were drawn on an overlay rather than on the painting itself. The result was that his calendars had a more light-hearted feeling, accented by the cartoon-like side sketches. That a photograph of Randall often appeared on the front of the calendar only enhanced his celebrity.

Want to know more? Go to the Bill Randall gallery at The Pinup Files.

Bill Randall pin-up calendar girl
ARTIST :: Bill Randall
DATE :: 1959
Copyright © Kemper-Thomas Calendar Company

15 February 2015

Jessamyn Rose – pin-up model

Jessamyn Rose was born in Australia but now lives in Los Angeles in the US. She has a range of styles, including pin-up and glamour, and enjoys transforming herself into different characters with different looks. She is a creative and thrives on working with liked minded souls to bring visions to life.

Her background is in dance which is a distinct advantage when setting up poses. She also draws inspiration from her love of art history.

“My passion is to create images that touch people, to bring authenticity and creativity, portraying feminine beauty as the ever alluring goddess.”

Jessamyn has worked with a number of photographers featured in The Pin-up Files including Shannon Brooke, Gary Heller and Michael Malak.

Jessamyn
MODEL :: Jessamyn Rose
PHOTOGRAPHER :: Shannon Brooke
Copyright © Shannon Brooke

1 February 2015

February pin-up girl by artist Ernest Chiriaka

This February pin-up girl was published in 1953 by Esquire Magazine and was painted by Ernest Chiriaka.

Chiriaka took over the magazine's pin-up calendar from Al Moore in 1953, a great responsibility since the calendar was the largest-selling and most popular in the world.

Ernest Chiriaka pin-up calendar girl
ARTIST :: Ernest Chiriaka
DATE :: 1953
Copyright © Esquire Inc

1 January 2015

January pin-up girl by artist Ernest Chiriaka

This January pin-up girl was published in 1953 by Esquire Magazine and was painted by Ernest Chiriaka.

Chiriaka took over the magazine's pin-up calendar from Al Moore in 1953, a great responsibility since the calendar was the largest-selling and most popular in the world.

Ernest Chiriaka pinup calendar girl
ARTIST :: Ernest Chiriaka
DATE :: 1953
Image subject to copyright

30 November 2014

December pin-up girl by artist George Petty

This December pin-up girl dates from 1947 and was painted by George Petty.

From 1933 to 1956, the "Petty Girl" was seen on tens of millions of calendars, magazine centrefolds, advertisements, posters, and billboards as well as on all sorts of specialty products. In 1950, "The Petty Girl" even became a major motion picture.

Want to know more? Go to the George Petty galleries at The Pinup Files.

George Petty pinup calendar girl
ARTIST :: George Petty
DATE :: 1947
Image subject to copyright