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Friday, November 18, 2011

Australian Pin-Ups

This is part of the reason I love my *job*, I keep learning. Today I happened to stumble across a book review for Our Girls, Australian Pin-Ups from the 1940s and 1950s. The book came out in 2009 and is now on my wish list.

Meet feisty Adelie Hurley - daughter of famous Antarctic- and war-photographer Frank Hurley - who worked both sides of the lens; read about Dorothy Leckie, at eleven years old surely the youngest Pix cover girl; and see the shot that made Joyce Walter 'Typical Australian' of 1941. Who was Australia's Marilyn Monroe? Did we have our own Lana Turner? Madeleine Hamilton tracks down the swimsuit and glamour models of an earlier era to share their stories. Enriched with first-hand accounts from the models, and letters from their many fans, as well as gorgeous pictures of the girls themselves, OUR GIRLS: AUSSIE PINUPS OF THE 40s AND 50s tells the tale of these women and Australian pin-up art before, during and after World War II.

'Miss Pacific 1952' finalists - Mary Clifton Smith, Judy Worrad and Pamela Jense.

Paula Stafford (right) is widely credited as Australia's first bikini designer. Here she poses with a model in her Surfers Paradise 'Bikini Bar', ca. 1950s

Candice DeVille, of Super Kawaii Mama, interviewed Madeleine Hamilton for her blog and it's a fascinating read.

Our Girls is available at Arcade Publications.

Anyone have a copy to *lend* me? Think I may have to track down Madeleine....

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