|Oct 4 2013
Above is another Technicolor pin-up for your enjoyment—or five pin-ups, to be precise. Is it just us, or do they sort of make you think of Mount Rushmore, plus one? Probably it’s just us. Some background on this: after World War II the traditional pin-up market of stylized color paintings by talented artists such as Varga and Gil Elvgren had declined, which prompted several calendar companies to try to breathe new life into the format by using actual naked women. They opted for Technicolor because it resembled the classic paintings to which buyers were accustomed, but with the added thrill only real flesh-and-blood could provide. This lithograph is entitled Garden of Charm, and indeed these five anonymous curly-haired models make a charming tableau. They were photographed in 1955.
Update: We got an email from a reader, Herman, who informs us:
"This photo is one from the Garden of Charm, a location at Corriganville, a movie site owned by an old western actor by the name of Ray Corrigan. A more popular site such as this was Iverson's Movie Ranch. Both no longer exist. Many of the old camera clubs used the site for many of their sessions. One of the models, second from the right, is none other than Joanne Arnold, PB Playmate 1954-05."
Thanks a million, Herman. We would never have gotten the ID on her. Four models to go!