Miss May with Al Moore


Born in Illinois, AI Moore played college football at Northwestern University and professional football with the Chicago Bears. After attending classes at Chicago’s Art Institute and Academy of Art, he opened a commercial art studio in New York in the late 1930s. By the mid-1940s, his clients included major companies like Galey and Lord, Beauty Counselors, the Viscole Corporation, and Champion Spark Flags.

During the war years, Moore painted posters for the government and also took on assignments from Gold cigarettes, Cosmopolitan, The Saturday Evening Post, and Collier’s.

Advertising work for U.S. Rubber, Nash automobiles, and Coca-Cola led, in 1946, to Moore’s breakthrough assignment – he was chosen by Esquire to replace Alberto Vargas, the most popular pin-up artist of the day. Among Moore’s triumphs at the magazine was his creation of the Esquire Girl, his answer to the Varga Girl; the 1948 Esquire calendar (with Ben-Hur Baz and others); front covers in 1948 and 1949; and the rare honor of painting the entire 1949 and 1950 calendars himself. By 1950, his two-page gatefolds in Esquire were collected by millions of Americans.

Moore contributed four pinups and a centerfold print to Brown & Bigelow’s Ballyhoo Calendar for 1953, which was as huge a success as the work of Gil Elvgren for the previous year’s calendar. In the 1950s, his corporate clients included contemporary Munsingwear, Hertz Rent-a-Car, and the McGregor Corporation. During the same years, his illustrations appeared in American Magazine, Woman’s Home Companion, McCall’s, and Woman’s Day, and he painted several front covers for The Saturday Evening Post. As an active member of the Society of Illustrators, Moore was asked to paint the poster for the society’s 1959 exhibition; it was such a success that both Pan American Airlines and Germaine Monteil Perfume also commissioned posters for their national marketing campaigns.

When photographs started to replace artwork in magazines and advertising, Moore decided to retire and pursue fine-art painting, including portrait commissions, Shortly after he moved to Crawford, Colorado, he accepted a commission from the United States Olympic Committee for three paintings for their world headquarters that would call attention to the problem of illegal steroid use by athletes.

Al Moore biography borrowed from The Great American Pin-Up by Charles G Martignette & Louis K Meisel.

A HUGE “Thank You” to the ThePin-UpFiles.

“Over the hills and through”…the Overwire Bra

The overwire bra was popular during the 1950s and created a slightly softer look than the bullet bra. The cups are wired above the chest, creating a beautiful projected bust and often the bra features a deep V in the center, making it perfect for low-cut strapless dresses The placement of the wire doesn’t really do any technical function like the underwire of today, instead, it offers a different shape compared to other bras. The overwire did feature heavily in strapless bras as the wire helped defy gravity by keeping the bra shape intact.

Modern overwire bras are a niche market and you’ll find the odd one being produced by vintage/retro reproduction lingerie companies: Bettie Page Lingerie and Dita von Teese Lingerie or you can just buy vintage…

And, yes, dievca took liberties in combining “Over the River and Through the Woods”, plus “Over the Hill and Through the Woods” for the title…

Vintage Wool Dress and Christopher Marlowe

(click on photo for purchase – Etsy)

Come live with me and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove,
That Valleys, groves, hills, and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountain yields.

And we will sit upon the Rocks,
Seeing the Shepherds feed their flocks,
By shallow Rivers to whose falls
Melodious birds sing Madrigals.

And I will make thee beds of Roses
And a thousand fragrant posies,
A cap of flowers, and a kirtle
Embroidered all with leaves of Myrtle;

A gown made of the finest wool
Which from our pretty Lambs we pull;
Fair lined slippers for the cold,
With buckles of the purest gold;

A belt of straw and Ivy buds,
With Coral clasps and Amber studs:
And if these pleasures may thee move,
Come live with me, and be my love.

The Shepherds’ Swains shall dance and sing
For thy delight each May-morning:
If these delights thy mind may move,
Then live with me, and be my love.

A chance for great vintage dressing – behold: 1950’s Household Kink

More Social than Sexual

1950's Holly Hoelscher Hand Painted Silk Chiffon Party Dress

1950’s Holly Hoelscher
Hand Painted Silk Chiffon Party Dress

!950's Chocolate Chiffon Dress

1950’s Chocolate Chiffon Dress

Vintage 1950's Ciel Chapman Black Dress

Vintage 1950’s Ciel Chapman Black Dress

Vintage 1950's Lee Jourdan Black Lace Dress

Vintage 1950’s Lee Jourdan Black Lace Dress

Vintage 1950's Satin Brocade Dress

Vintage 1950’s Satin Brocade Dress

Vintage 1950's Susie Perette Black beaded Dress

Vintage 1950’s Susie Perette Black beaded Dress


Vintage 1950’s Green Pleat Print Dress

1950's Cocktail Dress

1950’s Cocktail Dress

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Peasant Dress

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Peasant Dress

1950’s Household Kink  involves the playing of “traditional” gender roles. The man is the head of the household, and the woman is the housewife under his domain. The nice thing about 1950’s Kink is that you can do it tongue-in-cheek if you wish or you can take a more serious view. You can do it just for a while, and then return to equitable roles when you feel like it — unlike the actual 1950’s housewives, who were probably grabbing a drink behind the china cabinet to deal with their subservient lives.

In modern-day 1950’s play, the woman is to be submissive and serve her husband. The man is to be the man of the house, bringing home the bacon, and do all the manly tasks around the house. The woman may wear an apron, full makeup, high heels, and whip up a casserole before greeting her husband at the door. Clothes are fun to play with in this dynamic. The woman might only be permitted to wear dresses. The man should  wear a tie so he can loosen it when he gets home.

Any fun-loving kink couple can play 1950’s for an evening or even a weekend while the kids are a grandma’s. You don’t have to be married! Some couples may choose to live 1950’s as more of a 24/7 dynamic. The wife literally stays home and keeps house. The “homemaker” form of slavery seems to be popular these days-at least in the minds of many who are seeking a Master. However, it is a fairly unrealistic expectation for one simple reason: most couples lack the resources to live on one income. It is no secret that most Western families require two incomes to make ends meet.

Overall, 1950’s is just a fun way to explore traditional “retro” gender roles and play with stereotypes, while working in a spanking or two. If you are looking for new scene ideas as a Dom/sub couple, you may find 1950’s a real adventure.

And as you can see, the Vintage Era Dresses are FABULOUS!

*** A Thank You to kinkyeverafter.com and dennisnajee.blogspot.com for information about 1950’s Household Kink***

How Ladylike: 1950’s Green Pleated Vintage Day Dress

1950's Green Pleated Vintage Day Dress

Sometimes you have to buy something old to get something new.

Nude seamed stockings.
Simple black heels and handbag.
Pearl Collar necklace and matching earrings.
Coiffed Hair.

Stand behind your Sir, follow his lead. Allow him to seat you. Close your knees and lean them to the side. Sparkle with your conversation.

Works for the 1950’s Household Kink. Works for those who would like to deal well with their curvy assets. Works for those who look back to find something new.

Works for dievca: Green-Eyed Brunette, Hour-glass figure, submissive to Master.  

What works for you and your Sir?