22 January 2016

EFSP's Dazzling Dozen: Star Pin-ups - Cheesecake

I love vintage star pin-ups. You love star pin-ups too, don't you? Why do we all love star pin-ups? These lovely bathing beauties, those sensual love goddesses from the golden age of Hollywood, sex kitten Brigitte Bardot in a corset... I guess it's not only their beauty but also the fun they have ánd give. Here are 12 vintage star pin-up postcards to make you smile. 

Elke Sommer
Romanian postcard by Casa Filmului Acin, no. 502.

In the late 1950s blonde, German Elke Sommer (1940) was a European sex symbol before conquering Hollywood in the early 1960s. With her trademark pouty lips, high cheek bones and sky-high bouffant hair-dos, Sommer made 99 film and television appearances between 1959 and 2005. The gorgeous film star was also one of the most popular pin-up girls of the sixties, and posed twice for Playboy magazine.

Barbara Valentin
German Postcard by Krüger, no. 900/272.

Film and TV actress Barbara Valentin (1940-2002) was dubbed the 'German Jayne Mansfield' and a 'Scandal Magnet'. Her résumé includes sexploitation but also art films directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Her private life was fodder for the tabloids. Pop star Freddie Mercury was ‘the love of her life’.

Claudia Lebail
German postcard by Krüger, no. 902/391. Photo: Gérard Decaux.

Beautiful Claudia Lebail was a French starlet and Playboy model of the 1960s.

Diana Dors
Italian postcard by Rotalcolor, no. 18.

Blonde and curvey Diana Dors (1931-1984) was called ‘The English Marilyn Monroe’, to her disgust. In her own words: “I was the first home-grown sex symbol, rather like Britain's naughty seaside postcards."

Maria-Rosa Rodriguez
German postcard by Krüger, no. 902/334. Photo: Art Messick.

Exotic starlet Maria-Rosa Rodriguez was the sexy leading lady of a dozen French and Italian films of the 1960s and early 1970s. Her main claim to fame was the Louis de Funès comedy Le grand restaurant (1966).

Marisa Allasio
Italian postcard by Rotalfoto, no. 1.

Italian actress Marisa Allasio was a glamorous starlet who appeared in nearly twenty pictures in the 1950s. She was nicknamed ‘The Italian Jayne Mansfield’. In 1958 her career stopped abruptly when she married and became a countess.

Joan Collins
Canadian postcard in the Fan Club Postcard Series, no. 2.

Glamorous English actress Joan Collins (1933) is one of the great survivors of the cinema. She began in the early 1950s as a starlet of the British film. 20th Century Fox brought her to Hollywood as their answer to Elizabeth Taylor.

Alice & Ellen Kessler
German postcard by Krüger, no. 902/199. Photo: Gérard Decaux.

Alice & Ellen Kessler (1936) were popular in Europe, especially in Germany and Italy, in the 1950s and 1960s, as a singing, dancing and acting twin. The German sisters are usually credited as the Kessler Twins or Die Kessler-Zwillinge.

Anna Karina
Small Romanian collectors card by Cooperativa Fotografia, no. 10.

Film actress, singer and writer Anna Karina (1940) is an icon of the Nouvelle Vague.

Vanda Hudson
German postcard by ISV, no. 11/6.

Beautiful starlet Vanda Hudson (1937-2004) was one of the blond bombshells of the British cinema. She appeared in a dozen films and TV series of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Vivi Bach
German postcard by Krüger, no. 902/309. Photo: Bernard of Hollywood.

Danish singer, actress and icon Vivi Bach (1939-2013) was nicknamed ‘the first Danish teenager of Denmark' and 'the Danish Brigitte Bardot’. Although not a very talented actress she appeared in 48 films between 1958 and 1974.

Magali Noël (1931-2015)
French postcard by Editions du Globe, Paris, no. 866. Photo: Sam Lévin.

Turkish-French actress and singer Magali Noël acted in French and Italian films between 1951 and 2002. The sexy actress was an object of desire in three masterpieces of Federico Fellini.

Next friday we follow up this Cheesecake post with a Beefcake post.

This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday, hosted by Beth at the The Best Hearts are Crunchy. You can visit her by clicking on the button below.


Bunched Undies said...

Thanks for the most enjoyable post Bob. It got my Friday going in style!

Paul van Yperen said...

Much obliged. Now go for a great weekend!

Chris Overstreet said...

A wonderful grouping, and I especially like the shot of Claudia Lebail.