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PIN-UP GIRL on a bicycle - 1959 NSFW!!

Old 07-29-09, 06:39 AM
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PIN-UP GIRL on a bicycle - 1959 NSFW!!

Being both an obsessive old bicycle fancier and also an incorrigible Ol' Pervert... I'm always fascinated by any photos or prints showing attractive girls on bicycles. After discovering the title of the following painting, I began to search for more images of this same in hopes of perhaps finding a larger print to purchase.

"GOING PLACES"


During my search, I unexpectedly came across an entire photo group showing this same model posing for the same artist, Gil (Gillette) Elvgren. Apparently, he was a very popular commercial and calendar pin-up artist during the 1930s through 1960s. The woman's name is Janet Rae. She had posed for literally dozens of Elvgren's memorable paintings. This is one of only two in which he had also used a bicycle, the other one an earlier work dating from the 1930s.

Here is Janet in the photo from which Elvgren produced the final painting seen above. https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheepbackcabin/3096088945/ This was just a prop which he had spontaneously thought of using one day and quickly pulled out of his own garage. The colors and graphics of the bike and the outfit on the girl in the photo were modified by the artist to compliment each other. (Hmm, this thought makes me want to go shopping for clothes to match specific bikes which I own...)

I'm not positive what bike was used, but the graphics on the bike in the photo remind me of certain early Schwinn "Continental" decals of the 1950s... such as this example: https://www.classicrendezvous.com/ima...n/Schwin_c.jpg

An entire group of photos has been posted on Flickr.com by Stuart Woodfin, the SON of model Janet Rae - as his tribute to the world's memories of his beloved and now immortalized mother. According to him:
...She had quite an interesting life living in Sarasota Florida and during the 1950's and 60's she was part of the "Artist Community on Siesta Key". For those of you that knew her and those of you who don't, she is seen around the world in many paintings by the late artist Gil Elvgren. I enjoy as you will too, seeing her in her youthfulness from his photography. The photos you see of her on Flicker are only a small part of who she was. I share with you "The World" Janet Rae with loving memories.
Fans of Pin-up Art in general may view the entire photo set here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheepba...7612120525641/ This is really a rare glimpse into a now vanished age of politically incorrect pop art.
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is she classic or vintage?
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Interesting , I never thought about wether pictures like that had real models.
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Thanks for this post, this is so interesting. I find the original photo of her more intriguing than the painting, especially the set of photos that shows the artist adjusting her skirt to make it look like it is blown up by the wind.
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Check out some 1890's posters. The women aren't usually what we would call pin-up material, but it did glorify women on bicycles, for lots of good reasons, not all of them prurient.
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Veloria, you're right. That flickr set is fascinating (as well as alluring).
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Some great old pix on Flickr worthy of an artist's rendering....



Those 1890s posters, by the way, are pretty nice.

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That's what I'm talking about!

In one of my many books on the history of bicycles and cycling, there is a passage from that era about why women should cycle. "It puts color on her cheeks..." or something like that.
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is she classic or vintage?
Top-heavy, I'd day.
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"In one of my many books on the history of bicycles and cycling, there is a passage from that era about why women should cycle. "It puts color on her cheeks..."

I'd blame that on the saddles they used back then.
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Whats with the non-drive side poses?
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Alphonse Mucha created so much beautiful artwork in his lifetime and much of that body of work included women and cycling as he was commissioned to paint adverts for companies at the turn of the last century.

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I love the Raleigh girl
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This thread gets better and better.

The term "bike porn" now has a new meaning.
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modern pin-up girl with a bicycle...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/9636630@N04/2586954782/
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is she classic or vintage?
She's always classic, but by now, vintage as well!
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I really think that's a Schwinn; I worked on a 1954 Traveler with those wings.
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eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeYABBAH DABBAH DOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Yup. Definately a Schwinn. Maybe a continental but probably a New World or a Traveler.
I've posted these here before, sorry but they're just so yummy;


It's actually sort of interesting to me to see how our idea of "attractive" has changed over the years. Growing up in the 70s and 80s, a really dark tan was essential. nowadays the pale look is in.
Bikes are always sexy, though.
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Pretty girls to sell bikes. And, not only the idealized goddesses seen in many vintage posters. More "realistically" depicted attractive girls never went out of style for selling bikes... or anything else.

Many early posters promoting the bikes of French manufacturer TERROT presented
fit, slim and elegant young women effortlessly cycling.

1900 poster ... by Plouzeau

Riding this TERROT this woman has no concern over the rapidly approaching train.



1903 poster ... by Maurice Tamango

This lady has not even worked up a sweat, yet she has easily dropped the other
bicycle tourists on this demanding ascent.
- Notice she's riding a men's style bike with a horizontal top tube.




1970s ad for Crescent bicycles of Sweden... (she probably still looks good today at age 60).

Detail of a modern ad page from Handsome Cycles.

Builder of sensible, affordable bikes with practical features such as a multi-speed hub gear, a
simple coaster brake, and a useful front rack (... shown here hauling bottled beer).

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Can you believe this? I think this is popular in Japan.

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I've always been partial to this poster:

photo courtesy Classic Rendezvous
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Somebody already thought of a calendar.



One of the models from the calendar.




A calendar featuring some of that fantastic 1890s poster art? A B.F. exclusive? Done already?
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