Sunday, May 2, 2010

These Vintage Pin Up illustrations by Haddon Sundblom still inspire me today. He was born in Michigan in 1899. His family was a mix of Swedish and Russian in heritage, and Haddon was first generation American. He studied at the American Institute of Art and began painting advertisements for the Coke a cola company in the 1930's. Haddon was also a revered glamour and pin up artist, inspiring the likes of Gil Elvgren and Joyce Ballentine, like in these illustrations. His many stunning vintage pin up images were used in advertising, calendars and Playboy magazine. I just love the colors used in illustrations like these and the fashion of women from this time period, they are very elegant.

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