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Posted 3 years ago

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Manikin
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Some more of the 1963 calendar girls . There are 12 so I will add 4 more of them
These are a few of Photo's In Vargas calender dated 1963 . It makes me want to start singing Calender Girl song by Neil Sedaka.
FRITZ WILLIS
Artist Sketch Book Memo Calendar For 1963
Biography of Fritz Willis
When, in the summer of 1946, Esquire announced an important newfeature entitled the Esquire Gallery of Glamour, the magazine selected Fritz Willis to supply the inaugural illustration. It was his first published pin-up, and it launched a spectacular thirty-year career.
A multifaceted talent, Willis once even acted with Katherine Hepburn, in Alice Adams. In the late 1930s and early 1940s, he worked for Warner Brothers as a production-design and publicity artist. At the studio, he developed a friendship with Joe De Mers, who joined him in creating pin-ups for the Esquire Gallery.
The year 1950 was a banner one for Willis. Not only did he begin to supply illustrations to the nation's major magazines, he was also inundated with advertising commissions from companies like Max Factor, Sunkist, and Pepsi Cola. Willis painted program covers for the Shipsteads and Johnson ice Follies from 1952 to 1969 and once accepted a commission for a billboard for the Stardust Hotel and Casino Lounge in Las Vegas. He wrote four classic art-instruction books for the Waiter Foster Company which have remained in print for more than forty years.
In 1961, Willis received another important commission: Brown and Bigelow asked him to revamp their best-selling Artist's Sketch Pad calendar. He devised a fresh format and design for the calendar and, in the process, created the last of the great pin-up girls. The Willis Girl, though born in an age of rebellion, had the sophisticated air of the classic pin-up.
Willis' work was usually executed in oils on a canvas placed over illustration board; some of his magazine illustrations and pin-ups of the late 1940s were painted in gouache on board. Most images were about 18 x 24 inches (45.7 x 6 i cm), but the major pieces could be larger.
Upon his retirement, Willis and his wife Pat, who was his model as well as his best friend, moved to San Clemente, California. He later developed Parkinson's Disease and died on January 13, 1979.

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  1. calamityjane calamityjane, 3 years ago
    Really love your calender girls they are truly works of art lovely to the eye for male or female.
  2. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you calamityjane ! I agree they are actually beautifully done and I like them also . Thinking I may frame them and hang them . Thank you and I love your screen name :-)
  3. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you Chevy,kerry,packrat,vintagemad,bratjdd, and official for the loves !
  4. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank ya kindly bellin ! Sure don't see these in a gas station anymore :-)
    I bet your glad to be off for 2 weeks to go to thrift shops . can't wait to see your finds !
  5. walksoftly walksoftly, 3 years ago
    I'll be dreamin about calendar girls!
  6. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Sweet dreams walksoft :-)
  7. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you harland :-)
  8. lundy lundy, 3 years ago
    women are beautiful
  9. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thanks Lundy from all women ! :-)
  10. Hedgewalker Hedgewalker, 3 years ago
    Truer words have never been spoken lundy !!! Thanks for posting these Mani !!!
  11. toolate2 toolate2, 3 years ago
    We poor men don't really stand a chance do we...
  12. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you Hedge and Sam !
    LOL Toolate :-)
  13. Samovar88 Samovar88, 3 years ago
    No modern stick figure models for these!
  14. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you retro !
  15. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you lostinspace !
  16. oldhippee, 3 years ago
    Ok, you said there were more, and lovely things they are! Lucky you to have the entire calendar! Love it!
  17. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thanks Oldhippie ! I guess I did miss 2 yet I have to see which ones I missed . Glad to see you back ! at CW we know when your gone to long and miss you on here :-)
  18. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Mikie :-)
  19. clockerman clockerman, 2 years ago
    Manikin,,,Lovely and stunning,,sexy item wowwee. THAnks for sharing.
  20. epson233 epson233, 2 years ago
    very tastefully done -- hope you have a nice area to display the girls -- they are lovely
  21. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you epson:-)
  22. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    I guess I was new, as I see I was not adding the love, what was wrong with me ?
  23. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    I love, I love, I love, Your calendar girls :-))

  24. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
    Thank you Phil what is wrong with you LOL your funny . Glad you caught up with the girls did you see other group of them also ?
  25. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
    Thank you Bro a guy has to love Calender girls song oh was it the song or pin ups lol . I do love that song too !!!
  26. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    The song is great (it's stuck in my head now), but it's YOUR calendar girls that I love love love!

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