“Girls, Gags & Giggles,” ran publisher Robert Harrison’s recipe
for dishing up pin-up
to the American male. Men loved his tasty dishes, a mixture of strippers and starlets
dressed in outfits so fetishistic no one noticed they were never nude
. While other magazines delivered the girl next door, Harrison’s publications banked on bad girls in satin and leather, fishnet stockings, and six-inch heels
performing slapstick stunts straight from the burlesque stage.
Harrison lured his readers in with vibrantly painted covers
by top pin-up artists Earl Moran, Billy DeVorss
and, most famously, Peter Driben
. This Bibliotheca Universalis
edition celebrates this eye-catching candy with every single cover from Beauty Parade, Wink, Titter, Eyeful, Flirt, and Whisper, from 1942 to 1955
, as well as interior spreads, featuring, among others, a budding Bettie Page
. In an age when far more graphic material is the norm, 1000 Pin-Up Girls
celebrates an era of pin-up and pulp style to fuel your erotic imagination
About the series
Bibliotheca Universalis — Compact cultural companions celebrating the eclectic TASCHEN universe at an unbeatable, democratic price!
Since we started our work as cultural archaeologists in 1980, the name TASCHEN has become synonymous with accessible, open-minded publishing. Bibliotheca Universalis brings together nearly 100 of our all-time favorite titles in a neat new format so you can curate your own affordable library of art, anthropology, and aphrodisia.
Bookworm’s delight — never bore, always excite!