How the term cheesecake pinup originated

How the term cheesecake pinup originated
This entry is part 24 of 32 in the series CheeseCake Pinup Magazine - 1953

How did the term “cheesecake” pinup originate? According to this 1950s magazine: “… A New York news photographer once asked a woman to lift her skirt ever so slightly to make a better picture. The beautiful woman complied. When the editor, something of a gourmet, saw the picture on his desk, he exclaimed ‘Why, this is better than cheesecake!'”

The photograph that this captions, is claimed to be the first “cheesecake” photo published in the American press, by photographer George Miller, and shot in 1915 of Elvira Amazar, “a Russian Diva”.

Thus begins this first article about the American Pinup, starting with a history of the origins of pinup… on the last page of this series of scans is an illustration of a beautiful woman in the 1820s, used in a shop sign.

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Jessica Kay Murray

Professional WordPress nerd. Lover of all things older than me. I am fascinated by early 1900s labor and feminist history, and have a sporadic addiction to reading nonfiction about those things on Archive.org. I scan old photographs and ephemera when I get really super bored. On Etsy I sell vintage clothing that I got as part of an interesting trade deal a few years ago.

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