‘Cheesecake’…I never knew that! 

In our blog post collaboration; ‘‘honey Bee burlesque’…a baby in the burlesque scene’ https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/honey-bee-burlesque-a-baby-in-the-burlesque-scene/ , Lynne referred to ‘…the ‘cheesecake’ pin up images of the 1940s…’.

Although we had come across this phrase before…

…we were not too familiar with its meaning and origin…and so we donned our Miss Fisher attire…

…and investigated further.

Pinup photos are sometimes known as ‘cheesecake’ photos; with ‘cheesecake’ defined as ‘a photographic display of a shapely and scantily clothed female figure’.

As it is often so with many terms with an origin in ‘history’ it is likely fair to say that no one really knows the true origin of the term ‘cheesecake’. 

However, and according to the ‘Cheesecake Pinup Magazine’ (1953), in 1915 a New York photographer George Miller asked Elvira Amazar (a Russian ‘diva’) to slightly lift her skirt, displaying a ‘daring’ expanse of stocking, for a ‘better’ picture. Miller’s editor, when seeing the photo, apparently exclaimed ‘why is this better than cheesecake’?

In burlesque ‘cheesecake’ is often used to describe cheeky, humorous, comical burlesque (rather than full-on glamour) and may involve the audience through interaction and musical choice.

Bettie Page is regarded by many as a ‘cheesecake’ inspiration.

(Bettie Page photographed by Irving Klaw). 

It has been enjoyable researching this blog post. Thank you for reading.

Cx.

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Double, double toil and trouble. 

Alone in the house; or so she had thought, the only sound was her footsteps on the kitchen floor. 

As she opened the refrigerator door, to quietly ponder its contents, out of the corner of her eye she saw a mysterious black shadow that moved silently towards her across the floor…causing her heart to miss a beat. With Halloween only a few days away, and suddenly too frightened to breathe, she told herself that she had to look down so that she may witness the terror at her feet. She wanted to scream but her fear would not allow it. 

Had a demonic being escaped to unleash hell on earth? 

(Gil Elvgren (‘Riding High’ 1958)). 

Was it a witch that had left her cauldron bubbling nicely in search of human ingredients? 

Slowly she lowered her head in trepidation.

“Oscar…!”


Happy Halloween from @Rations2R_n_R.

Cx. 

She’s the girl who’ll survive over a hundred million glances. 

I hope that my dear readers will indulge me and allow me to move away from retro and vintage style fashion in this blog post.

It goes without saying that whenever one posts a tweet it is with the intention of encouraging retweets, likes and comment. After all this is the purpose of Social Media. It further goes without saying that in a virtual world where a user personally knows few, if any, of her/his followers that comments may not always be favourable.

As my followers will be aware @Rations2R_n_R primarily focuses on the fashion of the 1940s and 1950s. I try to cover glamour and elegance with a little humour added every now and then. 

Like many of my followers I have an affection for vintage style pin up illustrations and posted this recently.

Before I progress I should like to provide a little information about the illustrator Gil Elvgren.

Born: March 1914 St. Paul, Minnesota.

Died: February 1980.

An American painter of pin-up girls, advertising and illustrations he is regarded by many as the preeminent pin-up artist of all time.

His pin-ups contributed towards forces moral during World War II with many reproduced as nose art on military aircraft.

I view his pin-ups with nostalgia and as wonderful artistic representations of a bygone era.

It was therefore a little surprising, and certainly disappointing, to receive the following response to my tweet of the above image.

“Oh dear, this is the image #nursing and nurses have been trying to get away from for years.”…to which I responded…“It’s a #vintage #pinup illustration posted simply for fun & as a representation of the art of the #1950s…not to be taken seriously!”…and received the following reply…“Sigh!”.

To be honest my dear friends I felt obliged to block the user; but with a sad heart, that there are people in this world that are unable to enjoy the innocence of vintage elegance, fun and glamour. 

Cx.