Homage to Alberto Vargas

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Image by Rafael Branco, subject to this creative commons license

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As the handful of regular readers 0f this blog know, I became sexually aware in the late fifties and early sixties. In those days there was very little readily available porn; that was particularly true in east Tennessee suburbia. I’ve written before about the erotic thrills to be found in the Sears-Roebuck catalog (to this day I have a girdle festish).

At some time in the early sixties I discovered Alberto Vargas’ pinup art. His stylized erotic illustrations of sexy women seemed so sophisticated and naughty. There were dozens of artists doing pin up work. Many of them were good; but Vargas was the king.

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Photo by Belen, subject to this creative commons license 

Today, of course, pinups seem almost G rated. What struck me as so hot back  in 1962 now just seem charming. Nonetheless, the art form remains popular. Belen’s photo above is merely one of tens of thousands images on Flickr in the pinup style. The better ones are sweetly erotic echoes of the heyday of pinup art in the 1940’s and ’50’s and stir memories in me of those feverish days when I was full of volcanic adolescent testosterone.

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