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Calendars45 of 107B.F. GOODRICH CALENDAR 1959Verga Red Lady
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Posted 2 years ago

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Manikin
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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. The 3rd photo in first group posted has cover of calender.
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. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    You made my day, thanks for posting.
  2. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Glad it made your day better walksoft :-) Thank you !
  3. lundy lundy, 2 years ago
    yes ,sheer beauty
  4. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Lundy,oleg,shug,Chevy,official,ttom and kerry !
  5. lundy lundy, 2 years ago
    hi i sent you email again t y manikin
  6. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you stones,egree,vintagemad,mrmaj,gvgordan,!!
  7. oldhippee, 2 years ago
    OMG!! I love these.. we have 2 Vargas pic's framed and used to hang in the bathroom..then my mom came to visit and I never gave it a thought then either, BUT my 8 yr old nephew came out of the bathroom and went back soon with his brother, not til then did I think WHOOPS! they were in and out of there real often! I love , love , love these!
  8. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you oldhippie !!!! I can imagine what the boys were doing in there . I love his work and these are true works of art and handpainted . Imagine it was his wife he is painting too ! beautiful wife . Thank you for stopping by and nice comment :-)
  9. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you bobber !
  10. bratjdd bratjdd, 2 years ago
    Hello, Manikin love them!!
  11. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Bratjdd !!
  12. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Lundy !!!!
  13. lundy lundy, 2 years ago
    just got up ,nice to look at those picts 1st thing in morning . hope alls well seen all that wheather on the news
  14. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Yes they can wake a guy up :-) I am concerned about weather as it is supposed to be here today . Are you out of the woods on the tornado rampage Lundy ? What to take to basement is my question ,food or my manikins :-( I can just pray it will not hit here and feel awful for the peope it already affected . Thanks Lundy your note was a nice way to wake up here today .
  15. lundy lundy, 2 years ago
    YOUR WELCOME OUT OF THE WOODS HERE IN BOSTON BE SAFE
  16. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Have to watch out for bellin today to he is in path with me so if we both are off today it is storms save my seat in that event ok Lundy !
  17. lundy lundy, 2 years ago
    you got it manikin
  18. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Dan ! :-)
  19. oldhippee, 2 years ago
    I've sure missed being on here, just realized yesterday that I was losing track with you! But I'm catching up, I just had to get another look at these :) Looks like you did ok with the storms last night..lets all hope for another calm day..
  20. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    The storms missed us :-) But it got cold and windy today much better than a tornado so not complaining Oldhippie :-) Thanks for re looking at the Calendar girls too !
  21. lundy lundy, 2 years ago
    ok great
  22. lundy lundy, 2 years ago
    its that you mani
  23. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Yes sure Lundy in my dreams it is me :-) LOL no not me :-(
  24. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    You only posed topless when you were two :)
  25. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Well Walksoft actually I went topless until about 5 LOL I guess we didn't believe in shirts or something :-) I have others but afraid to post as someone may think they are not in good taste like me and all my girl cousins going swimming in a creek at 4-6 yrs of age topless . It was a time of innocence in life back then . You hid behind a pail I was not ashamed as I knew no better to be shy at that time in my life and I did not know boys were different fromm girls as I had no brothers so I thought all kids were same . I learned at 15 there was a big difference lol
  26. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    Mani, I thought you would have known there was a difference growing up on a farm & all.
  27. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Walksoft I saw the male and female animals but it never occured to me . A female cow had utters the bull had a bigger udder is all I thought :-) When I saw them mating I just thought it was like kissing I knew about that but I never really watched close enough I guess . Our Pigs were inseminated and would give a deposit at the metal fence and a syringe to female . I had No clue . And no little boys to show me theirs LOL
  28. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you zatsoc:-)
  29. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Rust :-)
  30. jimborasco jimborasco, 2 years ago
    Love em, Love em, Love em
  31. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you jim and crabby !!!!!!!! Glad you liked them
  32. lundy lundy, 2 years ago
    hi manikin
  33. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Hi Lundy how are you doing ?
  34. nutsabotas6 nutsabotas6, 7 months ago
    They got my full attention!!! Wow!!!
  35. Manikin Manikin, 7 months ago
    Thank you nutsabotas6 and I am glad that woke you up lol :-)

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