What is a Pin-up Calendar?



A pin-up calendar is a regular calendar that has pictures of "pin-up girls." A pin-up girl is a woman who is physically attractive enough that it would make someone be enticed to pin-up a picture of her on a wall. Although the term was created in 1941, pin-up girls existed back in the 1890s. As the twentieth century approached, the calendar was the most outstanding form of pin-up material. The earlier formats of "glamour girl" done by Angelo Asti were the most prominent styles. In 1913, Paul Chabas had the controversial nude "September Morn" that was censored by the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice. Even though it was censored, the image was printed on hundreds of thousands of calendars, along with boxes of candy, postcards, and posters. Furthermore, people got pin-up images from magazines, newspapers, a postcard etc. The pin-up calendar originated from the idea of putting these images on a calendar instead of the wall. Many pin-up photos were of celebrities who were thought of as sex symbols. One of the most popular and original pin-up girls was Betty Grable. Judy Garland, Bette Davis, and Rita Hayworth were other notable pin-up girls of the 40s. Bette Grable's pictures were quite popular in the lockers of the soldiers in World War II. The 50s portrayed more famous women who posed for pin-up calendars or magazine pictures. Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, and Elizabeth Montgomery were some of the notable pin-up girls of the 50s. Posing as a pin-up model caught on very quickly for women, especially celebrities. During the 1960s-1970s, icons like Twiggy, Farrah Fawcett, and Raquel Welch were pin-up girls as well. The number of notable pin-up girls dropped tremendously after the 50s. From the 80s till now, some of the famous pin-up girls have been Heather Locklear, Cindy Crawford, and Dita Von Teese. Drawings, paintings and other forms of art could also be made into pin-ups.

An example of a pin-up calendar.



Betty Grable's famous pin-up photo.