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    GEORGE PETTY (American, 1894-1975)
    Esquire Girl calendar pin-up, October 1956
    Watercolor and airbrush on board
    12.5 x 15.75 in.
    Signed upper left with Esquire's printer-slug

    This image's initial appearance was in Esquire's separately issued "Esquire Girl Calendar for 1956." The phone chatty beauty appeared in a slightly altered form (hairstyle, color, and bathing suit were all changed) as the illustration for October of that year. By 1956, Playboy was firmly on the scene and impacting calendar sales across the country. As a result, the 1956 calendar did not sell well and Petty's involvement with the magazine ceased until almost 20 years later when Esquire published an article, "The Petty Girl at Forty." George Petty officially retired in 1956, although he still did a few commissions from time to time.

    This illustration was reproduced as figure 609 in The Great American Pin-Up by Charles G. Martignette and Louis Meisel, Taschen, 1996.

    Formerly in the Collection of Charles Martignette.

    More information about GEORGE PETTY, also known as Petty, George, George Petty.

    Condition Report*: Accretion to area to the left of figure's feet; staple marks along edges.  Framed to an overall size of 22 x 25.5 inches.
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    Auction Dates
    October, 2010
    15th-16th Friday-Saturday
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