Source photos of pin-up girls next to their painted “after” image.
What caught my attention about these side-by-side comparisons is how they expose the 1950/60s version of photoshopping. Dig how painter Gil Elvgren, a noted American pin-up master, shaved the curves from real woman’s bodies to “improve” upon them, even back then!
Look at those itty-bitty waists and the exaggerated curvature of the feet! All of this crap has been around much longer than we’ve suspected!
And here I thought “duckface” was a MySpace phenomenon? Alas I’m proven wrong—apparently duckface was alive and well in the 1950s.
Elvgren produced many of his pin-up paintings for Brown & Bigelow, the same company who also produced Norman Rockwell’s decidedly more wholesome Boy Scouts calendars.