We love pin ups. At least, we love pin ups of a certain type, where there’s a level of modesty and certain body parts are left to the imagination.
These pin ups by Alberto Vargas are not so very modest, although they aren’t actually crass. They were taken from vintage issues of Playboy magazine, and placed in plastic with added cardboard to provide some sturdiness.
You’ll note that for the purposes of this blog, I’ve added little modesty panels over certain body parts. You’ll also note that these were created in a rather less politically correct era: thus the “Indian maiden” and the very Caucasian-looking African American models.
The artist, Alberto Vargas (9 February 1896 – 30 December 1982), was among the most famous of the pin up artists.
According to Wikipedia:
“His work was typically a combination of watercolor and airbrush. His mastery of the airbrush is acknowledged by the founding of the Vargas Award, awarded annually by Airbrush Action Magazine, which was named after him. Despite always using figure models, he often portrayed elegantly dressed, semi-nude to nude women of idealized proportions. Vargas’ artistic trait would be slender fingers and toes, with nails often painted red.
Vargas is widely regarded as one of the finest artists in his genre. He also served as a judge for the Miss Universe beauty contest from 1956 to 1958.
Notable women painted by Vargas include Olive Thomas, Billie Burke, Nita Naldi, Marilyn Miller, Paulette Goddard, Bernadette Peters, Irish McCalla and Ruth Etting.”
We have other art depicting female nudes, most of which are vintage, classic paintings of the female back. We also have a number of modern figurals.
Format: Centerfolds from vintage Playboy magazines.
Condition: Very good.
Our Price: $25.00 each or all 5 for $95.00. State of Maine Sales Tax of 5.5% also applies.
# Available: One set of the 5 centerfolds.
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