Editor: Max Allan Collins
Illustrators: Gil Elvgren, Rolf Armstrong, Jules Erbit, Mabel Rollins Harris, Al Buell, Billie DeVorss, J. Bribiesca, and Al Leslie
Publisher/Date: Collectors Press (2001)
Stated First American Edition, first printing
Format/Condition: New large format softcover book with French flaps in Near Fine condition: front black cover lightly rubbed. Measures 10 x 12 inches. Unpaginated [32 pages]; 14 full size color prints on acid-free matte stock paper.
Description: When clothes slipped off the cheesecake pin-up, artists had a heyday creating the perfect woman. This collection includes popular paintings by artists Gil Elvgren, Rolf Armstrong, Jules Erbit, Mabel Rollins Harris, Al Buell, Billie DeVorss, J. Bribiesca, and Al Leslie
From the back cover
Each volume of ARTIST ARCHIVES showcases fourteen faithfully reproduced artworks from the Collectors Press archives, selected with attention to historic significance and artistic merit. These illustrations provide mirror images of the eras in which they were created.
In the late 1940's with hard won victories of WWII behind them, Americans found themselves in a prosperous and open culture. In this environment, illustrators emerged with vigorous confidence in style and design. The early calendar girl, depicted as elegant and graceful. Became the “pin-up,” a wholesome girl-next-door with innocent eloquence in expression and dress, marked by a tinge of irony. As a result of their distinctive talents, illustrators became almost as illustrious as their models.
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