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This eBay listing has ended : Fine 1921 Rolf Armstrong Advertising Pin-Up Calendar Scarce Image The Brunette

Fine 1921 Rolf Armstrong Advertising Pin-Up Calendar Scarce Image The Brunette

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Thanks to all our eBay bidders! We are honored to be your one-stop, 5-star source for vintage pin-up, pulp magazines, original illustration art, decorative collectibles and ephemera with a wide and always changed assortment of antique and vintage items from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Mid-Century Modern eras. All items are 100% guaranteed to be original, vintage, and as described. Please feel free to contact us with any and all questions about the items and our policies and please take a moment to peruse our other great eBay listings. All sell no reserve! ITEM: This is a vintage and original dated 1921 advertising pin-up calendar from the Knapp Co., Inc. of New York that features a beautiful pin-up portrait by the prolific and immensely talented pin-up artist and illustrator Rolf Armstrong – a fresh faced beauty titled, "The Brunette". A rare old calendar with a lone January date pad and advertising printed for J.V. Stimson Hardwood Co., Inc. of Tennessee and Arkansas. Measures a complete 5" x 10" with an image size of 4" x 5" CONDITION: Fine condition with a lone January, 1921 calendar date pad and the most minor handling wear. Please use the included images as a conditional guide. Guaranteed to be 100% vintage and original from Grapefruit Moon Gallery. •••••••••••••••••••• ABOUT THE ARTIST: From the son of a small town tugboat captain to the Father of American Pin-Up Art, Rolf Armstrong led a full life and had a long and prolific career. Armstrong started his education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where his teachers increasingly recognized his work. The institute was a stepping-stone to Armstrong's successful career in commercial art. Two of the first publications to take a chance on this new talent were Judge and Puck Magazine and Armstrong was an instant success. Eventually Rolf Armstrong's artwork were seen on several covers for the American and Metropolitan Magazine and he had a lengthy tenure doing cover art for College Humor Magazine. His portrait of a male sailor appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post. In 1919, Armstrong aligned himself with Brown & Bigelow where he painted countless images for advertising calendar art. During these years along side Maxfield Parrish and Norman Rockwell, Armstrong was this prestigious calendar company's star artist and an eager public awaited next months Armstrong Girl. The character of the women that Armstrong portrayed contrasted that of other artists of the pin-up movement. Armstrong's subjects were strong, confident women. They had an innate femininity and subtle sexuality yet were very much a product of the ongoing American Industrial Revolution. With the development of national advertising and the increasing distribution of magazines, commercial illustrators were in high demand and artists themselves were seen as celebrities. Motion picture film technology created screen stars and movie magazines such as the famed Photoplay sought out illustrators to create cover artwork donning these new faces. Rolf Armstrong's portraits included those of Norma Talmadge, Marion Davies, Bebe Daniels and Greta Garbo. During the same period, he did advertising art for products such as Nehi and Green River Soda, Old Gold Cigarettes and Hires Rootbeer. ••••••••••••••••••••