Jul 8, 2009
A pin-up girl or pin-up model is a model whose mass-produced pictures see wide appeal as pop culture. They are intended for informal display. Pin-up girls are glamor models, fashion models, and actresses.
Pin-up may also refer to drawings, paintings and other illustrations done in emulation of these photos (see the List of pinup artists). The term was first attested to in English in 1941; however the practice is documented back at least to the 1890s. The pin up images could be cut out of magazines or newspapers, or be from postcard or chrome-lithographs, and so on. Such photos often appear on calendars, which are meant to be pinned up anyway
Many pin ups were photographs of celebrities who were considered sex symbols. One of the most popular early pin-up girls was Betty Grable. Her poster was ubiquitous in the lockers of G.I.s during World War II. Other pin-ups were artwork, often depicting idealized versions of what some thought a particularly beautiful or attractive woman should look like. An early example of the latter type was the Gibson girl, drawn by Charles Dana Gibson.
The term “cheesecake” is synonymous with pin-up photo. The earliest documented print usage of this sense of cheesecake is in 1934 , predating pin-up, although anecdotes say the phrase was in spoken slang some 20 years earlier, originally in the phrase (said of a pretty woman) “better than cheesecake.” In the 1950s, for example, there was a magazine called Cheesecake that had a young Marilyn Monroe in a yellow bikini on its cover in 1953.
Here you can see that photos of these beautiful and glamorous girls, actresses and models were not put only on calendars, or in magazines, but also on many other artifacts that are in every day use, such as a deck of playing cards. It is provoking and seams like someone on purpose joined these two vices, just to remind us that gambling is a sin also.