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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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To: ClaraSuzanne
Here's another one for you...
151 posted on 05/08/2002 10:11:25 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: abner;Snow Bunny; Billie; FallGuy; JohnHuang2; Mama_Bear; Victoria Delsoul; daisyscarlett...


FReeper abner and her husband are on a mission, traveling in this balloon.
"We are on a mission to increase interest and understanding of the principles and beliefs
that created our country and allowed it to endure, grow and prosper becoming a bastion of freedom and equality for over 200 years."
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE



152 posted on 05/08/2002 10:12:55 AM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: ClaraSuzanne
You can also have this one
153 posted on 05/08/2002 10:13:26 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: USO Canteen
An Amish boy and his father were in a mall. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver walls that could move apart and then slide back together again.

The boy asked, "What is this, Father?"

The father (never having seen an elevator) responded, "Son, I have never seen anything like this in my life, I don't know what it is."

While the boy and his father were watching with amazement, a fat old lady in a wheel chair moved up to the moving walls and pressed a button. The walls opened and the lady rolled between them into a small room. The walls closed and the boy and his father watched the small circular numbers above the walls light up sequentially. They continued to watch until it reached the last number and then the numbers began to light in the reverse order.

Finally the walls opened up again and a gorgeous 24 year old blonde stepped out.

The father, not taking his eyes off the young woman, said quietly to his son .. . . "Go get your mother"

154 posted on 05/08/2002 10:18:33 AM PDT by lodwick
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To: MistyCA;Snow Bunny

One of my favorites.

155 posted on 05/08/2002 10:24:44 AM PDT by SAMWolf
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Super post, Tonk! Enjoyed seeing the balloon site. :)
156 posted on 05/08/2002 10:27:30 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: SAMWolf
LOL...I wonder why? :)
157 posted on 05/08/2002 10:29:48 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: MistyCA;Snow Bunny;All

The Amazing Interactive B-17 Nose Art Maker

Have fun!

158 posted on 05/08/2002 10:31:09 AM PDT by SAMWolf
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To: SAMWolf
Where are the men??????
159 posted on 05/08/2002 10:38:06 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: Diver Dave
Morning All. Looks like this is going to be a graphics intense thread today ,br>and with the way this 'puter is operating lately (grrrrr), I'll have to occupy my time with either work around the homestead or dive in and fix the config problems.

Decisions, decisions. What's a guy to do?

Just have to come back after the graphic kings and queens have run out of graphics, I guess.

Although...I wouldn't mind waiting to see the Betty Grable, Ava Gardner etc, pics.

Too many 'guy' pics in between. : )

160 posted on 05/08/2002 10:42:11 AM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: MistyCA
Not during WWII, sorry.
161 posted on 05/08/2002 10:43:27 AM PDT by SAMWolf
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To: MistyCA
Sigh! so sad! TE HE HE!
162 posted on 05/08/2002 10:48:27 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: MistyCA
Thank YOU!
163 posted on 05/08/2002 10:49:26 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: MistyCA
Cool, But how did you know it got soooooooo hot in Baltimore in July!
164 posted on 05/08/2002 10:50:43 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: MistyCA
I want the furry one on the right with the big.... SMILE! hehehehehehe
165 posted on 05/08/2002 10:59:34 AM PDT by Jen
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To: ClaraSuzanne
here are some more....hopefully the hair color is better for you than me, but I may have to borrow some of the clothes or shoes sometime! :)


166 posted on 05/08/2002 11:02:59 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: Snow Bunny; Sassymom; MistyCA; Whoever; Victoria; Mclynnan
Okay, ladies! Let's show these guys we can be the pinups for the canteen!
167 posted on 05/08/2002 11:03:07 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: Snow Bunny


168 posted on 05/08/2002 11:03:23 AM PDT by ppaul
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To: MistyCA
Thanks, Misty.
169 posted on 05/08/2002 11:05:04 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: sultan88
My dad also served with the 14th Army Air Corps (Commonly known as the Flying Tigers after the AVG was disbanded). If you don't already belong you can join the 14th Air Corps Associatian as an associate member because your dad served with the "Tigers".

If you're interesed, drop me a FreepMail and I'll give you the address.

170 posted on 05/08/2002 11:06:49 AM PDT by Cagey
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To: Snow Bunny;All

Gabrielle Romero, front, is comforted by her father, Michael, as the young woman prays at a display of some of the items used by her brother, Daniel Aaron Romero, who was honored at a memorial service in the Denver armory of the Colorado National Guard, Tuesday, May 7, 2002, in Denver. The body of Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Aaron Romero, 30, of Longmont, Colo., was brought back to Colorado on Tuesday, more than three weeks after he and three other American soldiers were killed on April 15 when ordnance theywere trying to disarm exploded in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

171 posted on 05/08/2002 11:09:05 AM PDT by SAMWolf
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To: Snow Bunny;All

As pallbearers pull the casket bearing the body of Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Aaron Romero out of a hearse, an unidentified soldier salutes the fallen soldier as his casket is taken into a memorial service in the Denver armory of the Colorado National Guard, Tuesday, May 7, 2002. Romero, of Longmont, Colo., was one of four American soldiers killed April 15 while trying to disarm ordnance in Afghanistan. Romero is the first Colorado soldier to die in the conflict in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

172 posted on 05/08/2002 11:10:06 AM PDT by SAMWolf
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To: ClaraSuzanne
Wait while I collect my props!
173 posted on 05/08/2002 11:11:05 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: ClaraSuzanne
Welcome. Hope you like them! :)
174 posted on 05/08/2002 11:11:55 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: SAMWolf
A prayer for the family and friends. :(
175 posted on 05/08/2002 11:12:52 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: MistyCA
Gotta run some errands, but before I forget... Paint Shop Pro is the graphics program my instructor recommended. Usually sells for under $100.

I'll be back later.

176 posted on 05/08/2002 11:17:16 AM PDT by Jen
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To: Snow Bunny
This is your greatest thread yet!!

Bumpage to the max!

177 posted on 05/08/2002 11:19:51 AM PDT by headsonpikes
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To: MistyCA
Gotta go for awhile. be back after 6:ooest
178 posted on 05/08/2002 11:19:54 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: Billie

Gotta love those Texans!

179 posted on 05/08/2002 11:25:43 AM PDT by SAMWolf
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To: SAMWolf
May God be with the Romero family. He was a hero to all of us.
180 posted on 05/08/2002 11:26:52 AM PDT by SassyMom
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To: AFVetGal
Wow, that's a good price. Thanks, Jen! See you in a while. I am leaving too. have to get my garage sorted out! :)
181 posted on 05/08/2002 11:29:08 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: headsonpikes
BUMP for Snow Bunny!!!
182 posted on 05/08/2002 11:29:47 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: ClaraSuzanne
OK...see ya later on! :)
183 posted on 05/08/2002 11:30:15 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: Snow Bunny
While nice, these pin-ups cannot compare to the beauty of the many FReepettes who would be the envy of many of those posted on this thread.
184 posted on 05/08/2002 11:30:41 AM PDT by connectthedots
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To: SAMWolf
LOL! They do have spirit! :)
185 posted on 05/08/2002 11:30:55 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: SAMWolf
Yeah, but those aircraft were meant to do a WHOLE lot more than sit on the ground and show off their pretty noses...

Now here's something you don't see everyday:


186 posted on 05/08/2002 11:32:21 AM PDT by archy
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To: connectthedots
LOL..I have no doubt that you are correct about that! :) FReepettes have the looks and the brains! :) JMHO!
187 posted on 05/08/2002 11:33:14 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: archy
Nice pix archy! :)
188 posted on 05/08/2002 11:34:13 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
buuump!
189 posted on 05/08/2002 11:34:44 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Snow Bunny;4TheFlag;Billie;68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub;SAMWolf
Thanks much, Snow Bunny for a fantastic thread today. As an afficianado of nose art, I enjoy ALL the wonderful pix, expecially those of the Vargas Girl era.

I gave a lot of thought to putting some art on my C182RG (providing I can get my 2nd class medical back...which does look promising, though not immediately. I feel bad about that as I wanted to help 4TheFlag out this July (Sorry, 4 I would if I could), but the FAA wants one fully recovered from back surgery LOL.

My idea was to use Mrsgwmoore as the "model" for said "Vargas Girl" with the logo "Isabella Anne" (Big evil grin), but she is somewhat reluctant to the idea. I will probably use a cat motif (Thanks SAMWolf), with the logo "Purrfection". Of course, any of the dollz on this thread would look great for nose art ;-)

Tonk, thanks for the interactive nose art link...great site.......

Incidentally, any ideas on nose art will be appreciated here. The new tail number (I got a vanity approved, but still have to put the papers in for the official change of number), will be N707GW, so maybe that will give some ideas out there. Thanks to all for Keeping the Faith for Freedom!

MAY GOD BLESS AND PROTECT THIS HONORABLE REPUBLIC FROM THE CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGERS FACING HER FROM BOTH WITHIN AND OUTSIDE HER BORDERS, INCLUDING FROM THOSE WHOSE POLITICAL AFFILIATION INCLUDES THE (D) INCLUDING THOSE WHO SHOULD, LIKE TRAITOR MCCAIN. THIS, MOST CERTAINLY INCLUDES THE INCUMBENTS OF THE SENATE (DASCHLE,FEINSTEIN, BOXER,SCHUMER AMONG OTHERS IN THE HOUSE, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE SOCIALIST AND PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS (COMMUNISTS UNDER A NEW NAME). DAMN THE CFR BILL, I WILL SPEAK MY MIND FREELY, AS GUARANTEED BY THE FIRST AMENDMENT!!!. YOU MAY TAKE THE 60 DAYS AND SHOVE THEM!!!! JOE MCCARTHY, WHERE ARE YOU NOW WHEN WE NEED YOU?

Greg

190 posted on 05/08/2002 11:37:23 AM PDT by gwmoore
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To: MistyCA
Here's Fifinella, *Fifi* for short, the female gremlin who was once the symbol of the WASP female ferry pilots who flew out of Avenger Field in Texas- and who lived on the nose of my old AT-10 and Piper search-and-rescue birds:


191 posted on 05/08/2002 11:40:10 AM PDT by archy
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Thanks for the information, Tonk!


Time to post the pinups, lol

192 posted on 05/08/2002 11:41:54 AM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: MistyCA
Oops, I have that one too, LOL!!! Oh well, I don't mind.



193 posted on 05/08/2002 11:43:20 AM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: archy
That's great, Archy! :) Thanks for sharing it! :)
194 posted on 05/08/2002 11:43:44 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: gwmoore
My vote goes for the Mrs! :)
195 posted on 05/08/2002 11:45:47 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: Victoria Delsoul
I am supposed to be cleaning out the garage! LOL. I trust you will do an excellent job of keeping the pinups posted! :)
196 posted on 05/08/2002 11:48:31 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: MistyCA
I have a few of them, LOL!!



197 posted on 05/08/2002 11:51:12 AM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: MistyCA;Archy
My favorite WWII plane.(B-17) Thanks archy
198 posted on 05/08/2002 11:51:22 AM PDT by SAMWolf
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To: Victoria Delsoul
Ohoh...that's why I prefer not using the adoptables! :) Sorry.
199 posted on 05/08/2002 11:51:40 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: Victoria Delsoul
LOL...that's a good one!:)
200 posted on 05/08/2002 11:52:35 AM PDT by MistyCA
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