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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: 4TheFlag
Good Night Flagman, Stay safe.
551 posted on 05/08/2002 9:17:11 PM PDT by SAMWolf
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To: Snow Bunny
I'll use a regular camera and take a picture of the wisteria, it will be in full bloom tomorrow. Alot of the rhododendruns have already peaked but if I find a good one I'll take a picture of it. It may take me a while to develope, scan and post them but I'm gonna try it!
552 posted on 05/08/2002 9:17:19 PM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
LMAO, Tonk! LOL haha!
553 posted on 05/08/2002 9:17:39 PM PDT by MistyCA
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To: WVNan
Sweet dreams Nan.I love visiting with you. Thanks so much!!
554 posted on 05/08/2002 9:17:41 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Snow Bunny; aquamarine
LOL! I figured out after the fact that it must be poison ivy. Guess I need to remember - "Leaves of three, leave it be." I bought some Caladryl and some hydrocortisone cream and have slathered it all over the itchy spots. Hope it clears up soon! (Scratch! Scratch!)

Aquamarine - How did you keep calm near that big black snake? I would've screamed and run. I hate snakes. And spiders.

555 posted on 05/08/2002 9:17:46 PM PDT by Jen
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To: 4TheFlag
G'nite 4. Sleep well.
556 posted on 05/08/2002 9:19:27 PM PDT by Jen
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To: 4TheFlag
Good Night Bro
God Bless You
557 posted on 05/08/2002 9:19:49 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: SAMWolf
LOL!
I'm gonna have to leave, it's past midnight here. You West coasters are a bad influence. hehe.
558 posted on 05/08/2002 9:20:28 PM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: Aquamarine
Good Night Aquamarine.
559 posted on 05/08/2002 9:21:21 PM PDT by SAMWolf
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To: AFVetGal
WOW! Thanks!!! Wow! This is great! You are the bestest! YIPPEE!
560 posted on 05/08/2002 9:21:33 PM PDT by MistyCA
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To: Aquamarine
I know you are really busy.Never feel pressure Aquamarine, you can always scan it etc.later on .How beautiful it will be.
561 posted on 05/08/2002 9:22:07 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: SAMWolf
"Hey, as soon as Misty catchs up on the thread let's all leave."

I'll be here all night on this thread.
So many articles to read. LOL
562 posted on 05/08/2002 9:22:18 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: WVNan
Oh....I have almost caught up! Goodnight, Nan! Have a good night and peaceful rest! :)
563 posted on 05/08/2002 9:23:13 PM PDT by MistyCA
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To: Aquamarine
Sweet Dreams
God Bless You
564 posted on 05/08/2002 9:23:14 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: Aquamarine
Goodnight Aquamarine.Sweet dreams.
565 posted on 05/08/2002 9:23:55 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: AFVetGal
I don't know why I stayed so calm about the snake. I usually scream too. Maybe when you know there are terrorist's and Minnesota college kid's out there trying to kill you that ole snake doesn't seem so bad no more.
566 posted on 05/08/2002 9:24:39 PM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: 4TheFlag
Good night Flag Man....((( hug )))
567 posted on 05/08/2002 9:26:13 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub, Snow Bunny, SAMWolf
Good night, all.
568 posted on 05/08/2002 9:27:22 PM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: Snow Bunny
I never intend to grow up!
569 posted on 05/08/2002 9:27:46 PM PDT by MistyCA
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To: Snow Bunny
ooohhhhh...I remember the time my cousin sat in it (poison ivy) by mistake! Or maybe she used those leaves by mistake when she was out....well.....it was in the country, you know? LOL.....She was miserable for a long time! :)
570 posted on 05/08/2002 9:30:33 PM PDT by MistyCA
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To: Snow Bunny
Aloe is supposed to help, but I remember the time my daughter had a sunburn and I ran out in the backyard to get some aloe to put on it. Well.....I got the wrong thing and when I spread it on her she went nuts with itching! !!! I know I have aloe out there somewhere! :)
571 posted on 05/08/2002 9:32:47 PM PDT by MistyCA
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To: Snow Bunny
I just LUV each and every one of your outfits Sweetness. Yer posts are 'on target' too. Take care Sweet.

Nam Vet

572 posted on 05/08/2002 9:33:23 PM PDT by Nam Vet
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To: 4TheFlag
Goodnight 4! Heck, I have almost caught up and you are leaving.
573 posted on 05/08/2002 9:34:32 PM PDT by MistyCA
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To: SAMWolf
You are soooo mean!
574 posted on 05/08/2002 9:36:19 PM PDT by MistyCA
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To: MistyCA
OH wow,....LOL......You have the funniest stories....hahahahhaa
575 posted on 05/08/2002 9:36:22 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: MistyCA
You are soooo mean!

You are soooo mean bad!

576 posted on 05/08/2002 9:38:00 PM PDT by SAMWolf
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To: SAMWolf
I am trying to hurry!
577 posted on 05/08/2002 9:38:06 PM PDT by MistyCA
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To: Aquamarine
When you put it in perspective, I guess a snake isn't the greatest of worries.

Good night, FRiend!

578 posted on 05/08/2002 9:39:12 PM PDT by Jen
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To: MistyCA
I'm glad you like them. Maybe Victoria will tell us where/how she makes the really cool animated ones that she has. I found a site that makes animated banners, but I don't remember where it is. CRS disease...

*Can't Remember S***!

579 posted on 05/08/2002 9:42:06 PM PDT by Jen
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To: Snow Bunny
LOL...:) thanks.
580 posted on 05/08/2002 9:43:53 PM PDT by MistyCA
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To: Nam Vet
Hi Nam Vet, my good friend, it is so neat to see you!!Thank you so much!


Snow Bunny

581 posted on 05/08/2002 9:44:02 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: AFVetGal
Yes, me and crs are well acquainted! :) I think Victoria finds them because her name is more common. But then, you should be able to find some too. When I get a chance I will do a little more searching around. You can buy them too.
582 posted on 05/08/2002 9:46:37 PM PDT by MistyCA
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To: MistyCA
#577.....LOL......you are so cute.
583 posted on 05/08/2002 9:48:35 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Snow Bunny
I LOVE the USO Canteen!
584 posted on 05/08/2002 9:51:04 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: MistyCA
I would love that outfit in person, in my closet.hahahahahaa.........#580.

I need more cyber money. hahahahahhahahahahahahaha

585 posted on 05/08/2002 9:52:26 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: AFVetGal
Check this out STUFF
586 posted on 05/08/2002 9:52:53 PM PDT by MistyCA
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To: Snow Bunny; SamWolf; 4theflag; MistyCa; All
Let's never ever grow up, older yesss but never ever grow up.

LOL! That's a funny one.

Nighty night, everyone. See you tomorrow.



587 posted on 05/08/2002 9:56:08 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: MistyCA
I love that outfit! It's so YOU!
588 posted on 05/08/2002 9:56:10 PM PDT by Jen
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
giggle.....and IT loves YOU......sorry had to do it like that....heh heh...

LOVE you Tonkin

589 posted on 05/08/2002 9:58:00 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Victoria Delsoul
Good Night Victoria.
590 posted on 05/08/2002 9:58:54 PM PDT by SAMWolf
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To: Victoria Delsoul
Sweet dreams dear friend. That is so elegant.

See you tomorrow Victoria.

591 posted on 05/08/2002 9:59:20 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: MistyCA
Bookmarked! Looks like some cool stuff.
592 posted on 05/08/2002 9:59:36 PM PDT by Jen
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To: Victoria Delsoul
Sleep well, Victoria. See you tomorrow.
593 posted on 05/08/2002 10:01:11 PM PDT by Jen
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To: SAMWolf
Sam,do you still have that cute desk, your search desk ? It is so cute.It was like you sitting at the computer searching for stuff. giggle
594 posted on 05/08/2002 10:10:22 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Snow Bunny
I love the Canteen too!!!!!
595 posted on 05/08/2002 10:11:11 PM PDT by MistyCA
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To: Snow Bunny; SAMWolf
Heck....how much cyber money do you want? Sam has an unlimited supply, I am certain of it! :)
596 posted on 05/08/2002 10:12:27 PM PDT by MistyCA
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To: Victoria Delsoul
Night, Victoria! Now that I finally caught up, everyone is tired....including me! :) See you tomorrow! :)
597 posted on 05/08/2002 10:13:58 PM PDT by MistyCA
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To: MistyCA; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; snow bunny; samwolf; nam vet
I gotta get to bed. Good night Canteeners, till tomorrow.
598 posted on 05/08/2002 10:15:07 PM PDT by Jen
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To: AFVetGal
Thanks! I like it too! :)
599 posted on 05/08/2002 10:18:07 PM PDT by MistyCA
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To: MistyCA
OH Misty, I love it too. I love seeing you and everyone and the friendships are so real.

You,Tonkin, Sam, Flag Man, AFVetGal,Victoria, Sassy, who,HiJinx so many to name , so many I truly love and care about.
The troops loving it, laughing with us, so many things.

600 posted on 05/08/2002 10:18:29 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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