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Original pin-up girl photography vs printed posters from the 30s-50s

Before images were manipulated with photoshop, America created images of ideal pin-up girl beauties with old fashioned paint and photography. These images reveal the behind-the-scenes techniques applied by famous pin-up girl painter Gil Elvgren. After a photo was taken, he would transform girls into perfect little dolls.

It’s interesting to see that image manipulation isn’t just a recent trend. And guess what? According to these photos, 1950s women were normal women with normal bodies and normal figures.

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