Hold Everything (1962). Gil Elvgren (1914-1980). Publisher: Brown & Bigelow.
The distinguishing mark of Elvgren’s pin-ups compared with those of his contemporaries is that the Elvgren Girls looked like real people. Elvgren Girls had personality and zest; they were lively, friendly beauties brimming with enthusiasm. They were sweet-faced, but also generously endowed by nature. They could easily kindle a twinkle in anyone’s eye and often had one in their own. For more than thirty years, from the 1940s to the 1960s, they epitomized the All American Girl.