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For the Boys : The Racy Pin-Ups of World War II Hardcover – June 1, 2000

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"If you think the 1940's were a repressed time, you will be amazed to see how much freedom ... existed." -- Alan Caruba, Bookviews, August 2000

"Now Collectors Press has gathered 500 or so examples of the best ephemera into a 144-page hardcover, For the Boys. ...." -- Playboy, August 2000

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Max Allan Collins is the award-winning author of Elvgren: His Life & Art, and the best-selling novels Saving Private Ryan and Air Force One.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Collectors Press; 1st edition (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888054395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888054392
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 10.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #872,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I have quite a few books on the subject matter and although I love the original artwork being presented next to the nose-art photos, I really felt that proper credit should've been given to the artists (both original and the Service Men). On some pieces you can see the signature but on a lot of them, you can't and the artists aren't cited. On the photos of the Bombers and Fighters, it would've been nice if the authors had done a little more research and included Bomb or Fighter Groups/Squadrons to give further credit to the Service men who so faithfully recreated their favorite pin-ups on their aircraft.
The layouts are also sometimes too "BUSY" and give you a SCRAPBOOK FEELING, but again, THE ARTWORK AND PHOTOGRAPHS MAKE UP FOR THE OBVIOUS SHORTCOMINGS.
I would recommend "VINTAGE AIRCRAFT NOSEART" for better pictures of the painted aircrafts, and the "GREAT AMERICAN PIN-UP" as a starting point if you're really interested in both art forms as those two books are jammed packed with both good photographs, and rich history. then perhaps getting books on your favorite individual artists. Mine are Vargas and Elvgren.
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Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most amazing books on the subject that I have seen. The major focus of the book is the pin-ups that our boys painted on the sides of their war planes. There are photos of GI's painting the planes, several works in progress, and then pictures of groups of men posing in front of the finished planes. The pictures are clear and detailed. There's tons of great pictures of pin ups by the Masters such as Elvgren & Vargas. Anyone who collects pin-ups should get this book, fabulous pictures, interesting text and did I mention the pictures???
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Format: Hardcover
I decided to add this to my "Pin- Up Book" collection when the price fell below $$$!
Although I really had no idea what to expect, imagine my surprise (and astonishment!), when I discovered that this book is not only a great "Pin-Up" resource, but also a fantastic "Nose Art" book (in it's own right!).
Not only does it cover the B-24 Liberator (in abundance), but also includes the B-17, B-25, B-26 and B-29 (bombers), and features fighter aircraft as well! Tons of color photos, never before published.
As an added bonus, I didn't realize this was a huge "Coffee Table" book! (13.35 x 10.32 in.) with 144 pages of visual delight!
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Set in a scrapbook-type format, this book showcases pin-up art used to help G.I.'s show exactly what they were fighting for back during the World Wars.

Plane Nose Art, Calenders and matchbook covers are some of the pieces showcased in this book. Everyone from Vargas to Elvgren's artworks are shown in a small sampling, that'll help entice you to look them up further.

Great racy art (considering it's been decades since they were made) of an era long gone. These pieces are definitely a 'less-is-more' situation where what you don't see is sexier than what you do.
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Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most amazing books on the subject that I have seen. The major focus of the book is the pin-ups that our boys painted on the sides of their war planes. There are photos of GI's painting the planes, several works in progress, and then pictures of groups of men posing in front of the finished planes. The pictures are clear and detailed. There's tons of great pictures of pin ups by the Masters such as Elvgren & Vargas. Anyone who collects pin-ups should get this book, fabulous pictures, interesting text and did I mention the pictures???
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This book is such a treat! We had the soft sover edition, and purchased the hard cover edition as well. Both are packed with excellent photographs and information. A must for anyone interested in WW2 aircraft art and pin-ups. The hard cover edition has a beautiful foil cover, which is worth the extra money of you're a collector. Highly recommend this book!
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This book is large and has a great many of pin ups in it. Not a lot of reading, which is fine because if you are looking for a pin up book, you want the girls. This book has that covered with many artists. It is also nice to see the actual image that was showcased on the nose's of the airplanes during WW II. My wife is a pin up photographer and has found this book to very helpful in re-creating some of the old images. With her partner making the costumes for the ladies, and armed with this book and a few others, she has found success.
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