Photoshop didn’t make a splash on computer screens until 1988, but doctoring photos and illustrations is a practice as old as the mediums themselves.
The first pin-up girls appeared as early as the 1890s. Over the years they’ve been featured in drawings, paintings and photos, and in newspapers, magazines and calendars. Betty Grable, Brigitte Bardot, Jayne Mansfield and Marilyn Monroe are among the most famous subjects.
Artists like Gil Elvgren, George Petty and Enoch Bolles specialized in capturing the spirit of the ideal all-American woman (even if some were a bit naughtier than the girl-next-door-types), although the finished product was often entirely different than the original image.
Take a look at these fascinating and fabulous before/after pin-up girl images from the 1950s (courtesy of Retronaut.co) and see how Photoshop could possibly have found its inspiration:
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