Thursday, November 24, 2011

Not Another New England Sports Blog! Wishes You a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving

Just a quick post to wish all of you safe travels and a happy Thanksgiving holiday.

For whatever it's worth, I consider myself somewhat fortunate to have found exactly two pin-ups depicting pilgrims, who weren't exactly known for their flirtatious and outgoing nature to begin with.

Of course, lets not forget that the Pilgrims of the Plymouth colony had company that first Thanksgiving as they were visited by Chief Massassoit of the Wampanoag tribe and about 90 of his men. Massassoit had earlier given the burgeoning colony stores of food from his inventory and provided ample venison to go with the fowl and fish served for the occasuion.

Some 300 years later (and curiously, just a few miles up the road from Plymouth) an aspiring artist named Peter Drieben would enroll in art school in Boston and after studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, would return to the USA to become the most prolific pin-up artist of the 20th Century. Drieben's works routinely appeared on the covers of magazines with names such as Wink, Flirt, Whisper and Titter. Perhaps most famously, Drieben did a series of publicity artwork for the 1941 Humphrey Bogart film The Maltese Falcon as well as posters for various Braodway shows.

Drieben's subjects have also included the flag-raising at Iwo Jima and a portrait of a young Ronald Reagan a few years before his 1968 death.

Given the sheer volume of Drieben's body of work, the a cursory search regarding above image (possibly of a Wampanoag maiden spying the Thanksgiving feast over the next rise) does not yield a title or a date, but apprears to have been published in the late 1940s or early 1950s.