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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Petty Girl - Pin-Up Art of George Petty

Along with Alberto Vargas, George Petty is one of the best known and most respected of the pin-up artists. George Petty is best remembered for his pin-up creation 'The Petty Girl', an American icon that lasted from 1933 to 1956. The Petty Girl was originally based on Petty's wife, although like Vargas and many artist's after him, Petty usually combined the best features from a variety of models. He also often shrunk the head and elongated the torso and legs to heighten the effect.

The Petty Girl began life in Esquire magazine in the Autumn of 1933, however she soon spread to advertisements, calendars and film posters. Petty's exposure in Esquire brought him to the attention of national ad agencies and within two years he was doing monthly ads for Old Gold Cigarettes and Jantzen Swim Wear as well as others, many of which appeared in issues of Esquire.

Petty left Esquire in 1940, soon after they had hired Vargas, however he continued to work well into the 70's for companies like 'True' Calendars' and the 'Ridge Tool Company'.

A small sample of the Petty Girl below, of course in swimwear! Enjoy.


Hunter Atwood said...

I didn't know there was a real Petty Girl. I just saw a movie the other day called The Petty Girl and loved it. I guess it's a fictionalized version of Petty courting his wife. I now know that those drawings in the movie were probably original Pettys and not done my Vargas as i had thought.

Glamoursurf said...

Wow, and I didn't realize there was a movie. Another to put on my 'to see' list. Thank you!