Enoch Bolles

Gay Book (1934) by Bolles

Pin-ups are always pretty and give a much better look to this blog. That’s why I needed to post new illustrations of lovely girls. After several posts of George Petty & Alberto Vargas it was time to post about the third best known of the Art Deco era pin-up artists, Enoch Bolles.

Bolles was a versatile illustrator who also worked extensively in the advertising industry, creating hundreds of attractive color illustrations for products ranging from bread to cigarettes. His most widely reproduced advertising illustration is the “Windy Girl” for Zippo lighters.

According to American Art Archives, which has an extensive gallery with images of his works, he worked exclusively as a cover artist, painting oils for Film Fun, Screen Romances, Stolen Sweets, Gay Book, Judge, Titter, Cupid’s Capers, Live Stories, Tattle Tales, Gay Parisienne and other magazines.

I wasn’t the first to remind about the fantastic work of Bolles this week. IWR posted about him before, pointing to the Flickr set to the Bolles biggest fan. He uploaded thirty nine not so know covers and other illustrations of Bolles with a very good definition. Few more illustrations at this page.

Film Fun, The Man Who Takes The Star Out After The Show (1923)

More Art Deco era pin-up artists: Vintage Pin-Up Calendars, George Petty & Alberto Vargas, George Petty’s Ridgid Tools Calendars, Erotic Art & Pinup gallery, The Pin-up Page, The Painted Anvil, Italian pin-ups site, Erotic Art and Pin-ups for Christmas.

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3 Responses to Enoch Bolles

  1. Manuel says:

    Obrigado Bianca!! Olha, este post era mesmo o que precisava para festejar!! Beijinhos e abraços 🙂

  2. Jack Raglin says:

    Hi from Bolles biggest fan,
    Thanks for your interest in Enoch Bolles. If you’d like to see more of his art, I’ve written two illustrated articles about him for, appropriately enough, Illustration Magazine (www.illustration-magazine.com), and have a book in the works. There are also many good examples of his work at
    http://www.magazineart.org (I’ve provided a short bio about Bolles at this site)
    and you can read my story about Bolles’ Windy girl at: http://todaysinspiration.blogspot.com/2006/12/in-praise-of-zippos-part-2-and-enoch.html

  3. Bibi says:

    Fico feliz que tenha gostado Manuel! 🙂
    Hi Jack, thanks for the beautiful collection and for sharing it and for all the links. He had a marvellous work, I’m waiting for you book, just send me a note when you publish it.

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