WWII Aircraft Pin Ups and Nose Art

Nowadays vintage is the new black! Pin-up girl hairstyles, swimsuits, and dresses are all the rage. Everyone loves the classy look of a pin-up girl. It’s very interesting and endearing to see something as classic as WWII art making a comeback. What makes you feel more American than a WWII cartoon of uncle sam, or a poster of Rosie the Riveter? But don’t forget about the old postcard with the picture of the once-famous pin-up girl on it, or the old fighter plane with a fantastic mural on it. These things remind us of America’s history. Or as Dickens would call it, “The best of times and the worst of times,” in America. Our nation was united against a common cause, and patriotism ran through the veins of every American. With the return of all things vintage, let’s bring back the “vintage” attitude of patriotism and respect toward the veterans who sacrifice daily so that we can keep the freedoms we enjoy and take for granted every day!

The term “pin-up girl” was first used in the early 1940’s during WWII. Also during WWII the armed forces allowed to adorn the noses of their fighting airplanes with paintings, posters, and other forms of art. The pin-up girl quickly became a favorite among common nose art styles. There were four main cultures of nose art which include: pin-up girls, Comic Strips, Hollywood icons, and Disney art pieces. We can sit here and talk about how classic WWII art was and how classy the airplanes looked with their noses painted but even better than reading about the WWII era is being able to SEE pictures of pin-up girls and other vintage nose art. We hope you enjoy the image below as much as we do and please feel free to share it with your friends. Like we said /vintage is the new black!

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5 thoughts on “WWII Aircraft Pin Ups and Nose Art

  1. Looking to find pin up reproduction to decorate my husband’s man cave. Can anyone lead me in the right direction.

  2. I think the evidence is that the Shark Mouth was first painted on P40s by 112 Sqdn RAF in the Western Desert during WW2.

  3. looking for a picture of MELBA which was on a B-24 H from the 460th bomb group out of Italy. It was my fathers and I have one small picture of it showing the pin-up, the teeth by the front guns and a black panther. Would appreciate any information anyone has.

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