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Alberto Vargas 1940s Esquire magazine "Varga Pin-up Girl" centrefold

This very evocative picture is a 1940s Varga pin-up girl centrefold from the American magazine Esquire. It depicts a reclining flame haired female in a citrus yellow bathing suit with a deck of cards spread out on either side. There is a poem in the top right hand side of the centrefold entitled "Curves are Trumps". We have framed this in a silver tone slip, with an outer cream mount and chrome frame.

Frame Dimensions:
Depth: 20 3/4ins - 52.6cms
Width: 25ins - 62.5cms

Alberto Vargas worked for Esquire magazine for the period 1941- 46 under the name "Varga" (the "s" was removed from his name at Esquire's suggestion to give a more exotic tone) during which time he produced a series of glamorous pin-up girl calendars and centrefolds. He later went on to produce centrefolds for Playboy in the 1960s but those works were signed Vargas as he was prevented from using the name Varga as Esquire had patented that name just before they parted company.

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