Pinups refer to drawings, paintings, and photos intended to be "pinned-up" on a wall. A pinup girl or a pin-up model poses for these posters.
America’s entrance into World War II triggered the golden age of pinups and troops carried pictures of smiling women in provocative poses with them to the frontlines.
The US military unofficially sanctioned the troops to keep pinup pictures, magazines and calendars with them in order to ‘raise their morale’.
“The pictures, photos, and illustrations of women that they pinned on barracks walls and painted on the noses of their airplanes and bomber jackets served to remind them of the girl back home — or at least the girl they fantasized about. Today it may seem sexist or politically incorrect, but those pictures helped keep airmen focused on the often grotesque job of killing the other guy before he killed them. Looking at pictures of bosomy women with inviting smiles was somehow able to help snap combatants back into a quasireality that helped them through the terrors of war and gave them a dangling carrot that empowered them to fight through the sheer Hell of combat to get back home, ´says Max Allan Collins in For the Boys: The Racy Pin-Ups of World War II.
They were everywhere, in their pockets, lockers, backpacks and barracks.
The best of these pinups were torn from the pages of Esquire magazine. Each of them were published with a poem by Phil Stack. These poems were designed to rhyme and present, without much subtlety, provocative double meanings. One went simply, "I'm learning some commando tricks. / For keeping fit, they're dandy, / And when you men come home again, / They're apt to come in handy!"
Here are some of the naughtiest of pinups from yester years: