World War II pinups appeared in many forms,
from fighter and bomber nose art and bomber
jacket art to calendars, postcards, matchbooks,
and playing cards. The term pinup was coined
during World War II, when soldiers would
"pin up" these idealized pictures on their barracks
and foxhole walls, and sailors did the same
to lockers and bulkheads. There were photos of
Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth and Lana
Turner, and hundreds of other calendar girls and
Hollywood starlets whose only claim to fleeting
fame was their image seared into a GI's brain
from a ragged page of YANK or Esquire magazine.
Servicemen soon began to create their own
pinup art, decorating the noses of their planes
and their bomber jackets with more primitive
paintings of shapely babes.
Sarge's WW II Pinup Page serves as a visual
reminder of the many sources of pinup art between 1941 and 1945. We'll be adding to these pages as time goes on. So check back frequently to see new images. Click on the silohuettes at the bottom to navigate to other pages. And, for those of you with an interest in the the psychology of sex during wartime and the allure of the forties pinup, here are some recommended links:
Magazine Covers & Photos
Booklets, Pamphlets, & Playing Cards
Betty Grable as she appeared in a map-reading manual.
This image was used to get pilots used to reading map grids.
Exotic Dorothy Lamour.
An early centerfold featuring Dorothy Lamour,
"... the No. 1 pinup girl of the U.S. Army."
Other Printed Items
(Postcards, Arcade Cards, Games, etc.)
Trench Art & Nose Art