1980s – History of Pin-Up

Party Dance Time! We’ve reached the fashion explosion known as the 1980s on our History of Pin-Up tour.  And just like every other time we get bawdy beyond good taste, we bounce back like a bungee jumper back into conservative taste. The 1970s pushed the boundaries of sexuality, mass production, and teenage boy hormones.  So we’ve got to respond by …

1970s – History of Pin-up

The 1970s was not a classy decade – at least not for the pin-up world. The envelope was pushed and stretched, and everything came out. The name of the game was going boldly where no mainstream publication had dared to do. As an overall theme for this decade, it was all about one upping what the other guy did. We …

1960s – History of Pin-Up

The 1960s brought a few changes to the progressive 1950s photography style. Namely, the how much its OK to bare and the expressions that go with it. We have a time period of race and sexual freedom, openness and the pushing of social taboos. Drugs, music, and war filled the era. And Pin-Up photography was changing, too. As the decades …

1950s – History of Pin-Up

The 1950s really pushed the boundaries, especially compared to the wholesome looks we saw during the war. We introduce Playboy magazine, and iconic legends like Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Page. Political, social, and economic influences also help dictate the style. Let’s take a closer look. Once of the biggest advancements in this time period was Playboy magazine. Prior to Hugh …

1940s – History of Pin-up

Cue the Jazz music. The 1940s are officially here. This is the year we’ve been waiting for in our History of Pin-Up journey. World War II is in this decade. And with it comes the pin-ups that we know and love. Let’s start in the beginning. Specifically, we’re looking at 1941. This is when the term pin-up first originated, or …

1930s – History of Pin-Up

The 1930s brought a new approach to the American people. Entertainment was everywhere, from magazines with painted women to films featuring the hottest stars of the day; this era was about glamour, glitz, and bright lights. There are two notable things we want to look for in this decade: themed photoshoots and overly lit glam portraits. It seems the trend …

1920s – History of Pin-Up

The 1920s have officially began.  Well, technically, the movement and big changes we see and associate with this glamour era of Gatsby and Ziegfeld began in the late part of the 1910s.  You see, war changes everything.  We’ve seen it before and we’ll see it again (just wait until we get to the 1940s). Towards the end of WWI, we …

Light Painted Pin-Up at Classic Garage

I had the pleasure of trying out a new photography technique I’ve been wanting to play with.  I knew it had to have an almost surreal look to it, and a classic location was a must.  So the first step was to put together a team for creating this look.  Up came one of my favorite models for trying out …

1910s – History of Pin-up

The 1910s were an awkward period. Notably, we had two major events happen in this single decade – both of which helped shape the face of pin-up as we know it. The first is the death of King Edward, thus ending the Edwardian era and all the influences that he brought around. Some of the styles still held over, including …

1900s – History of Pin-Up

Goodbye Victorians. Hello Edwardians. The turn of the century had some great leaps and bounds for the genre we call pin-up. Those uptight Victorians got replaced with the new and lewd Edwardian culture. Mass transportation made seeing new sights a breeze, and photographic printing comes mainstream. What a time to be alive. At this point the Victorian era, along with …