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Have a Heart on Valentine’s Day

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First things first, THANK YOU to all of you who have already sent in your cropped features :)
I still need more of your face/body parts for my FanstRA4 project, so please send them my way!

Keep them coming please, and I WILL start cold calling (or emailing, as the case may be) to fill my needed quota of a hundred billion (more or less…).

Valenite's Day Pin Up

Scrolling down at the post published at I Want to be a Pin Up, I really do look like a total Armitage creep/weirdo/call the police and get a restraining order, because it’s been RAining Armitage over here for months.

Just call me Miss Pervy Armitage (no, really, I’m planning on officially changing it…).

As part of Valentine’s Day I’ve decided to separate my posts into those that refer more to the official name of my blog, and those that are connected to the Armi-loony in me, which will be posted tomorrow.

HaveAHeart_GilElvgren Pin Up Valentine's Day

Time for the Valentine’s Day Pin Up Girls :)

Some people are surprised I embrace Valentine’s Day so much, seeing that I’m single and jaded to the extreme, but I can’t help but support a day that’s all about love, in whatever shape or form it happens to be present in your life.

I wish you true romance  on the 14th of February, chocolates and long-stemmed roses from a passionate lover, champagne and some extra vigorous chandelier sex.

Then again, if you happen to be like me and you don’t even have a proper chandelier to hang from, I wish you the feeling of being loved by friends and family :)

Pin Up red robe Valentines Day

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Romantic Pin Up roses Valentine's Day

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GilElvgren1950s Pin Up Red Longjohns

gil-elvgren Red Pin Up Valentine's Day

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Elvgren red corset Pin up Valentine's day

bear-rug Pin Up romance Valentine's Day

I hope you have a steaming Valentine’s Day and remember, in the words of RuPaul:

If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?!?!?

Fritz Willis’ Pin Up Girls

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Fritz Willis is one of the most famous vintage illustrators.

He worked on ads for Pepsi, Quality Papers, Max Factor, Purex, Sunkist, Crown Zellerbach, SpringMaid Sheets and others.

He also did story work for Esquire, Saturday Evening Post, Redbook, Collier’s, and covers for Ice Follies programs from 1952-1969.

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Fritz Willis pin up girl

Fritz Willis pin up

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Fritz Willis

Oneq Nao’s Pin Up Girls

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Burlesque Pin up girl

I’ve decided to present a different style of Pin Up today.

There’s something eye-catching about the marriage of 40s and 50s sensuality with  an Art Nouveau feel and a modern twist.

Oneq Nao is a very interesting Japanese artist, and I can’t wait to see more.

Want to lose weight? Have a cigarette!

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As you may have gathered, I was a bit naughty with the title of this post because, like a mentioned earlier, I have given up smoking.

Nevertheless, I simply adore the Lucky Strike vintage advertisements that encourage you to smoke to lose a little weight.

My favorite slogan is: “your throat protection against irritation, against cough.”

I haven’t had a cigarette in a while and I still have a dry smokers throat.

Maybe I should have smoked Lucky Strikes instead of my usual favorite brand.

Back to the ads.

I actually had two authentic “It’s Toasted” ads framed as a present for my sister, and they are hanging in her study.

Enjoy!

Lucky Strike cigarettes are perfect for keeping that happy mood too!

By the way, the reason why I’m confident I’ll never smoke again is I understand the lie used as a slogan in the following ad:

Just one more means going back to a packet a day.

No thanks!

Rainy Day Pin-Up Girls

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Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
Rabindranath Tagore

Continuing with the Rainy Day theme, here are some beautiful illustrations to proove that even the most cloudy day can be beautiful and bright ;)

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone. I can see all obstacles in my way.
Johnny Nash

Exercise Pin-Up Girl

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Time for some more inspiration, Pin-Up Girl style.

 

Cycling Pin-Up Girls

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As you may know, I’m on a fitness high, so here’s a little inspiration, Pin-Up Girl style.

Make Do with Victory Rolls

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The time is slowly upon me!

My hair is growing out nicely and it seems soon I will be able to make one of my dreams come true.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Soon the time will come for…

Victory Rolls!

The terms originated  with a fighter-plane maneuver of the same  name that was used during World War II.

Women adopted this name for the popular  hairstyle when they were seeking a way to honor victorious soldiers.

Apparently during World War II, many women achieved this look by using pipe cleaners, since  the metal needed to manufacture bobby pins had to go to the war effort.

Love the 40s Make do approach!

We could learn a thing or two from them!

I am lead to believe that I shall receive hot rollers for my Name’s Day, therefore I am starting to practise.

Can I pull it off?

Well, the odds are against me.

I have totally straight hair, that doesn’t curl very well and flops quite quickly.

I’m not manually gifted and not very good with detailed stuff.

I’m not known for my patience.

The hair teasing freaks me out.

But, by george, I shall try ;)

 

Weird Inventions of the 30s and 40s

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Unbelievable invenntions from the 30s and 40s.

Can’t believe these never caught on…

Bike Tyre Used As Swimming Aid (Germany, 1925)

One Wheel Motocycle 1931

Amphibious Bike ‘Cyclomer’ (Paris, 1932)

All Terrain Car (England, 1936)

Radio Pram (USA, 1921)

Radio hat (USA, 1931)

Extensible Caravan (France, 1934)

Glasses For Reading In Bed (England, 1936)

Electrically Heated Jacket (USA, 1932)

Car  With Shovel For Pedestrians (Paris, 1924)

Folding Emergency Bridge (Netherlands, 1926)

Faxed Newspaper (1938)

Face Protection From Snowstorms (Canada, 1939)

Gas  War Resistant Pram (England, Hextable, 1938)

Images: Bored Panda 

Perception of beauty

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Each era has its own a perception of beauty.

I must admit I do find the curvy 1940′s silhouette, with it’s hourglass feminine lines, to be quite flattering. Women wore clothes, not the other way around. If you concider the lack of fabric, leather, cosmetics etc.,  it’s a wonder women did so well to look swell.

Then again beauty is in the eyes of the beholder…

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