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

This period picture is a 1940s Varga pin-up girl centrefold from the American magazine Esquire. It depicts three females, a blond wearing a red hat with a U.S. Army insignia, a redhead wearing a blue hat with a U.S. Navy insignia and a brunette wearing flying goggles and holding a military insignia that I believe is a WWII U.S. Army Airforce pin. There is a poem in the bottom of the centrefold entitled "Yours to Command". We have framed this in a silver tone slip, with an outer cream mount and chrome frame.

Frame Dimensions:
Depth: 20.5ins - 52cms
Width: 25ins - 63.5cms

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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