THE BARRACKS WALL: WORLD WAR II PINUPS


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Join our old buddy "Kilroy" in peeking over the wall at our collection of World War II pinup queens. The most famous of all? Check out Betty Grable, our selection for January 1999, when this feature made its debut (we've since added pinups for earlier months!). War movie buffs will remember actor Robert Strauss (playing "Animal") in Stalag 17, professing undying love for a tattered picture of Betty. Or the scene in Patton when "Ole Blood 'n Guts" (played by George C. Scott) tears a pinup off a wall with his riding crop during an inspection. Whether tacked on a barracks wall in some dreary camp in Britain, folded into a tiny square inside a wallet that crossed European and Pacific battlefields, or merely secreted away as a prized possession in a POW camp, pinups afforded the GI a glimpse of American (and, yes, English) beauty, however remote, wherever they were. Even the German at the radar site in Saving Private Ryan, in his litany of Americanisms, utters "Betty Grable ... great gams." (For more about WW II pinup art, read our overview.) Many of these vintage views of the most beautiful women of the 1940s are from the webmaster's pesonal collection; others are from other sources and will be so-credited. And, if a girl of the month wasn't enough, visit any of these special sections for more!

Select any of our main pinup girls from the listing below, or use the buttons further down the page to move through the gallery month by month. (The "Home" button will always bring you back to this page.) Cheesecake, anyone?




BEAUTY PARADE

DEANNA DURBIN (7 K)

Deanna Durbin

JANIS CARTER (12 K)

Janis Carter

BETTY GRABLE (5 K)

Betty Grable

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Navy Nurses as Pinup Queens?

   In the newsreel "Navy Nurses Look Good to the Boys of Guadalcanal" — as a means of reassuring home front audiences that despite constant interaction with the masculine world nurses will remain feminine and attractive to men — women are shown attending to their usual beauty rituals. In a number of scenes, groups of women apply make-up, wash their hair, and preen themselves. Particularly striking are two moments: one following a training session, the other when debarking from a military truck. In both scenes the nurses attend to themselves in a mirror, wiping off dust and reapplying powder. The inordinate number of times women perform these tasks suggests that there is not much work for the nurses to do and that it is important for women to maintain a certain level of attractiveness for male soldiers. Also in the clip, nurses walk down a long runway from the ship and a cameraman stands near the bottom as they approach. The camera shifts noticeably to look up the skirts of the debarking nurses. After a voice-over comment concerning their nursing abilities, the narrator playfully says the "nurse can pose for a soldier as a pin-up girl!" and she obliges, leaning against a tree to show off her curvaceous figure for a man who photographs her (see Fox Movietonenews, "Navy Nurses Look Good to the Boys on Guadalcanal," May 1944, 51-775 V. 26/72; text and photos from Images Journal).

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The Girls of YANK

   Many of WW II's pinup queens were memorialized inside YANK, the Army Weekly. The Webmaster is always in need of vintage copies of Yank, so contact him if you have any to sell. To view some of the 1940s beauties that appeared in the magazine, visit The Girls of YANK, which features some of the following YANK pinups, and the YANK Pinup of the Month:

  • Frances Rafferty
  • Diana Mumby
  • June Vincent
  • Peggy Corday
  • Susan Hayward
  • Marilyn Monroe (on 6/26/45!)
  • Sherry Britton
  • Ava Gardner
  • Frances Vorne
  • Hazel Brooks
  • Cindy Garner
  • Lena Horne
  • Betty Ardell
  • Em Chapman
  • Lorraine Taylor
  • Helen Barns
  • The Wilde Twins
  • Virginia Cavanaugh
  • Audrey Young
  • Martha Holliday
  • Julie Bishop
  • Betty Graham
  • Acquanetta
  • Lynn Bari
  • Jane Nigh
  • Nancy Porter
  • Martha O'Driscoll
  • Sheila Ryan
  • Gale Robbins
  • Cheryl Walker
  • Janet Blair
  • Ann Savage
  • Elyse Knox
  • Elaine Riley
  • Belita
  • Jean Parker
  • Betty Ann Cregan
  • Adele Jergens
  • Barbara Bates
  • Pat Clark
  • Rita Daigle
  • Juanita Stark
  • Lauren Bacall
  • Candy Jones
  • Daun Kennedy
  • Audrey Totter
  • Hilda Simms
  • Vivian Austin
  • Ingrid Bergman
  • Jini O'Connor
  • Selene Mahri
  • Ramsey Ames
  • Andrea King
  • Eileen Coughlan
  • Evelyn Ankers
  • Dusty Anderson
  • Martha Vickers
  • Carole Gallagher
  • Vivian Blaine
  • Marie McDonald
  • Diana Lewis
  • Nan Wynn
  • Lois Collier

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