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USO Canteen FReeper Style....Nose Art and Pin Ups go to War....May 8,2002
FRiends of the USO Canteen FReeper Style and Snow Bunny

Posted on 05/08/2002 3:01:00 AM PDT by Snow Bunny

The practice of personalizing military aircraft with custom artwork began a few years before WWI, and continues to this day. The peak of this practice occurred during WWII, when hundreds of thousands of aircraft were adorned with such artwork, generally painted near the nose of the aircraft... hence the term, "Nose Art."

Often, flight and ground crews wore a smaller version of the artwork painted on the backs of their jackets. Of course, the quality of the artwork varied, from crude to excellent, depending on the skill of the artist.

The sultry, wonderful world of Nose Art is as varied as the individuals who dressed up and decorated the aircraft and the feelings of the men who flew them into combat. Though this variety is staggering, common themes run through them all from World War II to the end of the Korean War when the genre all but left the scene.

Humor, pathos, slogans, girls, cartoons, nicknames, hometowns, girls, patriotism, dishing it to the enemy, warriors, girls, youthful bravado, girls...these transcended nationality as both Allies and Axis pilots went to war in their individually marked chariots. Men at war separated from home, family, loved ones and a familiar way of life sought ways to personalize and escape the very harsh business surrounding them. For the most part they thought about women, represented on the sides of aircraft in the most tender of ways to the most degrading. These men spent many hours longing for the tenderness a woman could bring to their lives...and for the sexual pleasure they could provide. Whether top level commanders ordered it off the aircraft or not, the men let their feelings flow onto their machines.

As their aircraft reflected, fighter pilots of both wars were busy strafing, bombing, hunting for aerial kills and protecting friendly aircraft, airfields, supply lines and troops. But the ground crews were just as busy trying to make sure the aircraft they had generously loaned to the pilot was on the line each day and ready to bring him home. There is never enough credit to be given to these men who worked ten hours for every hour the pilot flew.

The fame and glory attached to the pilot over shadowed his faithful ground ponders, but this usually did not prevent the enlisted men and officers from becoming devoted friends. Each needed the other to make the mission successful, and a pilot's crew would experience as much pride for a victory, knowing they were behind the guns as well. As a result, nose art was often the choice of the ground crew rather than the pilot. Some units made room for both by having the pilot's art on the left side and the ground crew's on the right.

Unique among fighters, the P-38 Lightning had three noses to adorn, allowing a separate canvas for the pilot, crew chief, armorer and radio man.

Pin Ups.......


The Professor is trying to give you a more scientific explanation of how this kind of cheesecake affected the average American soldier.

World War II pinups appeared in many forms, from fighter and bomber nose art and bomber jacket art to calendars, postcards, matchbooks, and playing cards. The term pinup was coined during World War II, when soldiers would "pin up" these idealized pictures on their barracks and foxhole walls, and sailors did the same to lockers and bulkheads. There were photos of Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth and Lana Turner, and hundreds of other calendar girls and Hollywood starlets whose only claim to fleeting fame was their image seared into a GI's brain from a ragged page of YANK or Esquire magazine.

"Servicemen soon began to create their own pinup art, decorating the noses of their planes and their bomber jackets with more primitive paintings of shapely babes."


Betty Grable as she appeared in a map-reading manual. This image was used to get pilots used to reading map grids.


An early centerfold featuring Dorothy Lamour, "... the No. 1 pinup girl of the U.S. Army."

Nose art was a popular morale builder, it ranged from tame cartoon characters to some really "RACEY" women.

It must be remembered that these men were young, at war, and homesick at times. The names of mothers, girlfriends and colorful limericks were often the inspiration for this unique art form. These pictures and captions are published here for historical value, exactly as they appeared on the planes.



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May 27, 2001 — Hartzell Spence, the founder and editor of YANK, has died at the age of 93. YANK, a weekly magazine written by and for ordinary soldiers, was a wonderful experiment in democratic (if highly restricted) journalism that was read each week by an estimated 2.2 million soldiers, sailors, and airmen. Spence championed Sgt. George Baker, who had won an army cartooning contest, and published Baker's "Sad Sack" cartoons, with their colorful and realistic depiction of GI life.

YANK's most popular feature — the sexy photos of Rita Hayworth, Betty Grable, Hedy Lamarr, and other Hollywood stars and starlets, usually attired in low-cut gowns, swimsuits, or lingerie, that graced each and every issue of the magazine.


1 posted on 05/08/2002 3:01:00 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: *USO Canteen; archy;alamo-girl;angelwood;AFVetGal;abner; AtBay;A Navy Vet...

2 posted on 05/08/2002 3:02:02 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Aeronaut;LarryJohnson;Tennessee_Bob;68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub;SAMWolf;4TheFlag;HiJinx;The Thin Man

3 posted on 05/08/2002 3:04:22 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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4 posted on 05/08/2002 3:06:22 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Snow Bunny
Good morning Bunny. Here's a picture of Otto at the Seaplane conference...


5 posted on 05/08/2002 3:07:10 AM PDT by Aeronaut
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To: MistyCA;Victoria Delsoul;SassyMom;SAMWolf;4TheFlag;AFVetGal;Mama_Bear;St.Louie1;HiJinx
Last night,I noticed you were talking about storing animation gif's and jpg's.And where to store them.I tried to post this then but my mouse froze up on me and I could not get back on fast enough.LOL

So I just wanted to share this with you.It is a fantastic place to store animations and even regular pictures and graphics. St.Louie1 and Mama_Bear told me about it.

This is the addy......
Domania Internet Services
http://d21c.com/index.shtml

6 posted on 05/08/2002 3:11:47 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Snow Bunny
Good morning, my friend =^)
7 posted on 05/08/2002 3:14:41 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: Aeronaut
Good morning to you, too, amigo =^)
8 posted on 05/08/2002 3:14:56 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: AuntB;nunya bidness;GrandmaC;Washington_minuteman;buffyt;Grampa Dave;Jolly Rodgers;blackie...

9 posted on 05/08/2002 3:15:23 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
Hi John, how's it going?
10 posted on 05/08/2002 3:16:41 AM PDT by Aeronaut
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To: Aeronaut
giggle..... He is so adorable. I just love Otto!!!!

He must have had such fun at the Seaplane conference. ( BIG smile)

Good to see you Aeronaut, thank you soooo much for his picture.

11 posted on 05/08/2002 3:16:54 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Aeronaut
Hi John, how's it going?

Hanging in there, friend. The weather here is getting a tad warm -- maybe it's time to move to North Carolina..hehe.

12 posted on 05/08/2002 3:18:14 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: Aeronaut
Hope you're doing okay yourself.
13 posted on 05/08/2002 3:18:35 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
Hi John, thank you sooo much. Great to see you.
14 posted on 05/08/2002 3:19:03 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Snow Bunny
You're more than welcome, my friend -- and it's great to see you, too!
15 posted on 05/08/2002 3:20:10 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
The weather here is getting a tad warm

We're predicted to rocket up into the mid fifties today. Yee-Haw!

16 posted on 05/08/2002 3:20:37 AM PDT by Aeronaut
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To: Aeronaut
We're predicted to rocket up into the mid fifties today.

Wow -- we Floridians won't see anything like that for another six months! =^) Right now, we're lucky if low temperatures go into the 70s.

17 posted on 05/08/2002 3:23:08 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: Snow Bunny
Mornin' Snow Bunny! Great graphs (especially the ladies!) :O)

BUMP!

18 posted on 05/08/2002 3:24:06 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: Aeronaut
Our daytime highs tyically soar into the upper-80s, or higher.
19 posted on 05/08/2002 3:24:41 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: MeeknMing
Morning, friend
20 posted on 05/08/2002 3:25:01 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
Mornin' buddy! ! :O)
21 posted on 05/08/2002 3:26:28 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: Snow Bunny
Nose art may be the reason I selected AFROTC. On webtv I see the pics but cannot scan or go to link. Can anybody send jpg of some to me via real email to larryjohnson@webtv.net
22 posted on 05/08/2002 3:33:51 AM PDT by larryjohnson
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To: Snow Bunny

World War II Pin-up / oyaM ainigriV

23 posted on 05/08/2002 3:34:29 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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World War II Pin-up / ruomaL yhtoroD

24 posted on 05/08/2002 3:37:38 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Snow Bunny
The nose-art of Richard I. Bong - no.1 ace of WWII with 40 kills in a P-38. Marge still lives in Superior, WI.


25 posted on 05/08/2002 3:38:40 AM PDT by Aeronaut
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To: Snow Bunny

World War II Pin-up / rendraG avA

26 posted on 05/08/2002 3:40:34 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Snow Bunny

World War II Pin-up / hgieL naiviV

27 posted on 05/08/2002 3:43:52 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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World War II Pin-up / skoorB eilseL

28 posted on 05/08/2002 3:47:09 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: larryjohnson
Hi Larry, that is great. I just sent you some things to the address you posted.

Great to see you. Be sure and check back at the Canteen through out the day. I am sure there will be pictures posted all day as well. Thank you so much !!!!

Snow Bunny

29 posted on 05/08/2002 4:15:59 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: DoughtyOne
Hi my friend, Thank you soooo much. This is great,the troops that lurk here are going to love this. Thanks again.

(((hug )))


Snow Bunny

30 posted on 05/08/2002 4:17:57 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: MeeknMing
Hi Meekie
((((( hug )))

It should be a fun day and one the troops will love seeing. heh heh


Snow Bunny

31 posted on 05/08/2002 4:19:43 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Snow Bunny;Clara Suzanne;Aeronaut;ALL
Mornin' Everybody! GREAT Thread SB, some beautiful work displayed there!

Mornin'CS, you're up bright and early:)


32 posted on 05/08/2002 4:20:06 AM PDT by 4TheFlag
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That is so interesting Aeronaut. What memories she must have.That is a neat picture. Thank you so much !!!!!


Snow Bunny

33 posted on 05/08/2002 4:30:11 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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WHAT are you still doing up, LOL!!!!
34 posted on 05/08/2002 4:30:57 AM PDT by 4TheFlag
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We can't foget Bettie.


35 posted on 05/08/2002 4:32:43 AM PDT by mdittmar
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HI Flag Man!! (((( hug ))))

I hope you are feeling a little better. The flu can be bad. Wish you could stay home so you can get better faster.

I am going to go to bed now. ROTFL....I know it is really late... but I had a lot of email from the troops to answer.They are so dear to write.

I think they will like seeing the pictures today. giggle.

36 posted on 05/08/2002 4:34:02 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Snow Bunny
THE Rita Hayworth poster

My personal favorite though:

Now, where can I meet someone like this? Well, in my age range, that is...

37 posted on 05/08/2002 4:44:20 AM PDT by Tennessee_Bob
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To: Snow Bunny

The Marines doing their part to continue tradition!
38 posted on 05/08/2002 4:45:12 AM PDT by usmcobra
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To: Snow Bunny
I think they will like seeing the pictures today. giggle.

I'm feeling a lot better SB, thank you.

I KNOW they will like seeing this thread, LOL! You sleep well and safe my Dear FRiend, and THANK YOU for all you do for us:)Jack

39 posted on 05/08/2002 4:47:37 AM PDT by 4TheFlag
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To: Snow Bunny
Great thread Snow...thanks for the pics!

Regards
Cuttnhorse in Chile

40 posted on 05/08/2002 4:53:22 AM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: Snow Bunny
Another excellent topic - thanks so much for your work! bttt
41 posted on 05/08/2002 5:09:17 AM PDT by lodwick
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To: Snow Bunny
Good morning to you, dear lady !

Your wonderful post brings to mind my visit to the USAF Museum at Wright Patterson in Dayton. I took my nieces & nephews who, of course, enjoyed the aircraft and all of the displays but explaining the nose art to the curious 8 and 9 year olds was the most challenging part of the trip.

Thanks for your interesting posts, Snow Bunny !

42 posted on 05/08/2002 5:12:02 AM PDT by Dukie
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To: teacup; g'nad; igotmine
BUMPin in the moring :)

Semper Fi!

43 posted on 05/08/2002 5:13:46 AM PDT by MudPuppy
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To: Snow Bunny

Go Devil Dogs!!!

Delta 21

44 posted on 05/08/2002 5:24:53 AM PDT by Delta 21
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Hey LJ - were you able to snag the pic of Lt.Bush?
45 posted on 05/08/2002 5:28:46 AM PDT by lodwick
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To: Snow Bunny
A big ole bumpety bump for the Bunny.
46 posted on 05/08/2002 5:29:38 AM PDT by wattsmag2
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To: Snow Bunny
Just after the B-52s started daily ops over Afghanistan there was a pic of one with a NYPD logo on it and a pilot with a determined look on his face.

I hope it shows up here!

Excellent Thread!

47 posted on 05/08/2002 5:32:43 AM PDT by Delta 21
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HomeBreaker

Inspired by this Vargas

For educational/historical purposes only.
48 posted on 05/08/2002 5:42:02 AM PDT by lodwick
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To: MudPuppy;Teacup;Snow Bunny
G'mornin' ladies. It's a beautiful Marine Corps day in Quantico...sun is shining, mild temps...the only downside was the gobblers weren't talkin' this mornin...what's up with that?

SB, thanks for the eye candy...reminds us red-blooded Americans what we're fightin' for...

You lovely ladies have a great day now....

49 posted on 05/08/2002 5:44:00 AM PDT by g'nad
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It should be a fun day and one the troops will love seeing. heh heh

You bet!
And you sure look especially dazzling this morning too! :O)

50 posted on 05/08/2002 5:58:33 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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