Title Petty; a Portfolio from Esquire
Book Condition Very Good+
Edition Second Edition
Publisher [Chicago] Esquire, Inc. (c.1937)
Seller ID 17939
(black boards with plastic-comb binding at top edge) [moderate wear to extremities, a little more so at spine ends (plastic-comb binding fully intact), minor scraping along left edge of front cover; internally Fine] (color drawings) Artist George Petty (1894-1975) was responsible for the promulgation of a certain idealized vision of American womanhood -- statuesque, beautifully dressed (or semi-dressed, or undressed), sexy and naughty yet just innocent enough to avoid anything more than a faint whiff of sluttiness -- during the 1930s and 1940s, primarily in the pages of Esquire, the publication with which his name will forever be linked. It was Petty whose style exemplified the attitude of the "Magazine for Men," with his Girls serving as Objects of Slightly Distant Desire for the variously-aged and usually less-attractive Lotharios and Sugar Daddies who coveted their well-displayed charms. The sleek and elegant Petty Girls were also a perfect visual complement to the Art Deco/Streamline Moderne architectural and design styles that flourished in this country during the 1930s, and also made a significant contribution to pin-up iconography. (Petty Girls were often painted on the nosecones of American aircraft during World War II.) For over twenty years, it seemed like the Petty Girl was everywhere: not just in Esquire and other magazines, but in advertisements, recruiting posters and billboards. Petty's work overlapped with that of Alberto Vargas, whose depictions of even more statuesque females also appeared in Esquire during much of the 1940s, and enjoyed a 1960s/1970s revival in the pages of Playboy. This volume reproduces 24 of Petty's full-page cartoons in full color, with the original captions.
Pin-ups Cartoon Art Erotica Leg Art