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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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KEYWORDS: usocanteen
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To: 4TheFlag;ClaraSuzanne;SAMWolf
BAD BOYS are always much more fun. tee hee
351 posted on 05/08/2002 6:10:05 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Snow Bunny
Thank you, Bunny. You're looking great, also. :-)



352 posted on 05/08/2002 6:11:45 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: SassyMom; 4theFlag;Victoria Delsoul
Sassy: Thanks

Victoria: Glad you had a good day. mine was swell!

Flagman: Here's your cowgirl! HOWDY,COWBOY!

353 posted on 05/08/2002 6:12:35 PM PDT by Pippin
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To: 4TheFlag
LOL. 14.95? No way.
354 posted on 05/08/2002 6:13:27 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: 4TheFlag
Do you take M/C or Visa?
355 posted on 05/08/2002 6:14:44 PM PDT by Jen
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To: ClaraSuzanne
Glad to hear that, Clara. You're looking great by the way. :-)
356 posted on 05/08/2002 6:15:02 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Victoria Delsoul
Yeah! My question,too!
357 posted on 05/08/2002 6:15:11 PM PDT by Pippin
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To: Snow Bunny, AFVetGal, whoever, SAMWolf, 4TheFlag, LadyX, Victoria Delsoul, SassyMom, MistyCA, dai
Hi everyone. I just stopped by for a minute to play a pretty song.


Click on the pic

358 posted on 05/08/2002 6:18:04 PM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: McLynnan
Hey! we'll just have to try and control ourselves on the Dose. How am I ever going to proove I'm really a nice girl if the canteen continues to get hotter!LOL
359 posted on 05/08/2002 6:19:29 PM PDT by Pippin
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To: Victoria Delsoul;4TheFlag
We didn't want to put the others to shame with our outstanding bods.
360 posted on 05/08/2002 6:25:40 PM PDT by SAMWolf
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To: Snow Bunny; all
Well all, it's time for me to check on kneezles and see what he is up to. So, have a great evening and I will see ALL of you fine folks in the morning.

Good night and God Bless ALL of our troops!

SassyMom

361 posted on 05/08/2002 6:26:39 PM PDT by SassyMom
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To: Aquamarine
Thanks Aquamarine. I always enjoy your songs.
362 posted on 05/08/2002 6:27:40 PM PDT by SAMWolf
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To: Aquamarine
Thanks for the nice music, Aquamarine.
363 posted on 05/08/2002 6:29:39 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: 4TheFlag
Hey, Cowboy! You ready to do some Boot-scooting?
364 posted on 05/08/2002 6:30:00 PM PDT by Pippin
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To: Aquamarine
That is a beautiful song! I played the flute when I was in jr high and high school. Wish I still knew how. Thanks for sharing it with us.
365 posted on 05/08/2002 6:30:03 PM PDT by Jen
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To: SassyMom;Kneezles
Good Night!
366 posted on 05/08/2002 6:31:23 PM PDT by Pippin
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To: lodwick
Very funny, so you think we can sue JimRob or at least make him provide a maid with registration? I think we met a few weeks ago on another thread -- I recognize your name as a fellow Texan. Thank you for the warm welcome.
367 posted on 05/08/2002 6:31:28 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: SAMWolf
Oh, I need to see that before spending 14.95, hehehe.



368 posted on 05/08/2002 6:31:35 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: SAMWolf
Thank you SAM. You've been keeping me in stitches with some of the graphic's you've been posting. :)
369 posted on 05/08/2002 6:31:40 PM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: ClaraSuzanne
You know what, CS? I think you already blew your nice girl reputation on the Canteen. Yup, it's too late, we all see you for the wild, wanton woman you are, and that's why we love you.
370 posted on 05/08/2002 6:33:36 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: SassyMom
Good night, Sassy. See you tomorrow.
371 posted on 05/08/2002 6:34:00 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Victoria Delsoul
I'm glad you like it.
372 posted on 05/08/2002 6:34:11 PM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: ClaraSuzanne
Flagman: Here's your cowgirl! HOWDY,COWBOY

WOW, and TRIPLE WOW, just LOVELY CS!!!!!:)

Yep, you would DEFINITELY fit in here in SOUTH DAKOTA, WOO HOO!!

Not me, but with the Badlands in the backgound....

373 posted on 05/08/2002 6:34:15 PM PDT by 4TheFlag
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To: AFVetGal
You're welcome. I play the piano.
374 posted on 05/08/2002 6:35:22 PM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: McLynnan
We'll just have to keep it from the other Dosers! LOL
375 posted on 05/08/2002 6:35:36 PM PDT by Pippin
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To: Victoria Delsoul
LOL. 14.95? No way.

Hmmm, Victoria, you have me a little concerned here...sounds like you know what the going price is for somthing like that, ROTFLMAO!!!!:)

376 posted on 05/08/2002 6:37:04 PM PDT by 4TheFlag
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To: 4TheFlag
"Not me, but with the Badlands in the background" Meaning?
377 posted on 05/08/2002 6:38:08 PM PDT by Pippin
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To: ClaraSuzanne
Okay, but if you cross me........
378 posted on 05/08/2002 6:41:01 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: 4TheFlag
I didn't say that. But I don't want to spend 14.95 plus 5.95 shipping and handling without seeing what I'm getting. :-)



379 posted on 05/08/2002 6:41:25 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: AFVetGal
Do you take M/C or Visa?

We take them all AFVG, just send your card number, expiration date, and exact name as it appears on the card to our SECURE server site @ FReepmail:4TheFlag and we'll make sure you get one, one what we're not promising, LOL!

380 posted on 05/08/2002 6:41:50 PM PDT by 4TheFlag
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To: McLynnan
I know! I Don't Mess With TEXAS!LOL
381 posted on 05/08/2002 6:44:17 PM PDT by Pippin
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To: ClaraSuzanne;kneezles
Hey, Cowboy! You ready to do some Boot-scooting?

You got that right, and hey kneezles, EAT YOUR HEART OUT, LOL!!!

382 posted on 05/08/2002 6:45:05 PM PDT by 4TheFlag
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To: SassyMom
Thanks Sassy. See you tomorrow my friend. Hi to Kneezles.
383 posted on 05/08/2002 6:48:08 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: 4TheFlag
Sassy put Kneekles to bed. She must've tired him out!LOL.
384 posted on 05/08/2002 6:48:09 PM PDT by Pippin
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To: ClaraSuzanne
Not me, but with the Badlands in the background" Meaning?

I just meant that is not me in that pic....

385 posted on 05/08/2002 6:49:10 PM PDT by 4TheFlag
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
bttt
386 posted on 05/08/2002 6:49:52 PM PDT by summer
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To: 4TheFlag
Shoot! Sure looked good though!
387 posted on 05/08/2002 6:50:54 PM PDT by Pippin
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To: 4TheFlag
I think Victoria is right. I need to be sure I'm getting my money's worth on this deal. Just post a couple pix so we can 'sample the merchandise.' hehehehe


388 posted on 05/08/2002 6:51:45 PM PDT by Jen
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To: 4TheFlag
Hear all them requests you're getting for "samples" from your calendar?
389 posted on 05/08/2002 6:55:48 PM PDT by Pippin
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To: AFVetGal
Hahahaha, you're right. Wow, Jen you look fantastic! I love your outfit.
390 posted on 05/08/2002 6:57:34 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: ClaraSuzanne
Sassy put Kneekles to bed. She must've tired him out!LOL.

Yeah, that guy, he'll see it tomorrow night!

So, ya ready to do some horse ridin' across the prairie!

391 posted on 05/08/2002 6:57:53 PM PDT by 4TheFlag
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To: SassyMom;kneezles
Sleep well and safe youse 2...
392 posted on 05/08/2002 6:59:28 PM PDT by 4TheFlag
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To: 4TheFlag;Victoria Delsoul
rotfl
393 posted on 05/08/2002 7:01:35 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Victoria Delsoul

Here's a sneak preview of what you get for your 14.95 + 5.95 shipping and handling.

394 posted on 05/08/2002 7:01:43 PM PDT by SAMWolf
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To: Aquamarine
Thanks for the music, that is such a beautiful picture too.
395 posted on 05/08/2002 7:02:37 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: SAMWolf
Hahahahahahaha, I knew it!!!!
396 posted on 05/08/2002 7:03:11 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: AFVetGal
Sooo funny. hahahaa
397 posted on 05/08/2002 7:04:17 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: ClaraSuzanne
Shoot! Sure looked good though!

That's the way it is out here, and that's dressin' up, LOL

You ever been to South Dakota?

398 posted on 05/08/2002 7:04:26 PM PDT by 4TheFlag
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To: Victoria Delsoul;4TheFlag
I'm just teasing you with 4's picture! Gonna cough up the dough?
399 posted on 05/08/2002 7:04:35 PM PDT by SAMWolf
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To: SAMWolf
ROTFL....Your hilarious.
400 posted on 05/08/2002 7:06:06 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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