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December 3, 2009

Thrifting Treasures – 1952 Esquire Pin-up Calendar

So, here is a little treasure I picked up this summer that I forgot about until I was cleaning out the library to get ready for my parents visit.  An adorable desk pin-up calendar from 1952. 

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As you can see, this lovely lady was the front sheet in the calendar.  Rather than pulling sheets off and throwing them away, the sheets were held together behind a little cardboard frame.  There is a slot at the back of the frame where old sheets could be pulled out and thrown away, or, as this owner did, shuffled behind the others to the correct month.

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This pretty girl is December.  I have to tell you, I need to get boyshorts like that and those adorable heels!  Love them!

Oh, and this little calendar is about as big as a 3×5 photo frame, and at 25 cents was pretty much the find of the day at a garage sale where I also got pocket binoculars from the 1950s and some Pyrex dishes. It was a pretty sweet deal for me, and I think for the lady selling the things.  She was just happy to be rid of them!

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So cute, aren’t they?  I have other plans for these rather than just being pretty.  Stay tuned on Saturday to see my embroidery attempts with these beauties.  I have a few stiches left on my matador, so stay tuned for him finished as well!

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I will be posting some more of these lovely ladies, as soon as I get back to scanning!

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13 Responses to Thrifting Treasures – 1952 Esquire Pin-up Calendar

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  2. Sara in AZ Reply

    December 3, 2009 at 10:10 am

    This is a really great calendar Ruth! I really love those old pin-up girls from the 40s/50s, everything is so cute – compared to today. 😉 Great find!

  3. Alex Reply

    December 3, 2009 at 10:21 am

    I love this. I have a journal that was made from old pin-up playing cards. The ladies are topless and very curvy. Like real women! I’m really loving those shoes, too.

  4. sablemable Reply

    December 3, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Oh, yes! ALL of the shoes!

    Great find, Ruth! These pictures seem so docile in comparison with what you see everyday on the streets. Yikes!

  5. Alex Reply

    December 3, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Could you make these into cupcake toppers for my New Year’s party? I think they would be a hit!

  6. Andrea Reply

    December 3, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    OMG, what a find! I love pin up girl art! Can you make out the name of the artist on the original? I tried to look at the signature on the scan, but I can’t quite make it out. It doesn’t look to be one of the more “famous” pin up artists, but I really like their style!

  7. RetroRuth Reply

    December 3, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Thanks everyone, I was pretty excited about this find, too! I agree that even though they were considered “naughty” for a time, we find them so charming now.

    Alex – Email me, girl! We can discuss design and stuff and I can work up some samples for you.

    Andrea – I don’t think anyone super famous, but the December girl is by Ren Wicks. The rest are kind of blurry!

    • Mike Reply

      December 21, 2011 at 9:44 pm

      I have the same calendar in almost perfect condition, if you want the names of the artists email me. I have other playboy calendars featuring stars like Stella Stevens 1961, Tina Louise 1962, Jayne Mansfield 1959 and many more

    • Mike Reply

      February 20, 2012 at 11:26 am

      I have the same calendar in perfect condition.Artist are,,,chiriaka,Robert Patterson,Roswell Keller,Eddie Chan,Ren Wicks

      • RetroRuth Reply

        February 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm

        Thanks, Mike!

        • Mike Reply

          March 13, 2012 at 12:47 am

          I see there is a 1955 esquire calendar for sale at southworks, in cambridge,with the cover for $125

  8. Chantelle Reply

    December 3, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    I love this! I love those pinup girls and I definitely love those spectator high heels. They’re awesome!!!

    And I wish I had the butt to fill out those awesome boyshorts 🙂

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