For Valentine's Day, some people plan elaborate surpirses and gifts for their sweeties with months of advance planning.
For others, Valentine's Day is just another day and they choose to spend a solitary evening at home, perhaps making an exception for the company of a good book.
In case your wondering, these lovely pin-ups come to us courtesey of artist Vaughan Alden Bass.
Bass got his start in Chicago in the 1930s and eventually was comissioned by the Louis F Dow company to re-touch paintings from none other than Gil Elvgren. Although Bass would sometimes have to repaint an arm or a hand, he preferred to leave the bodies and faces unchanged whenever possible.
Like Elvgren, Bass would also logged time with the Twin Cities-based Brown & Bigelow and among other accomplishments, a portrait of President Dwight D Eisenhower painted by Bass hangs in the Smithstonian in Washington D.C.
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