Elliot, This Trick’s A Treat, 1950
Freeman Elliot did three Artist’s Sketch Pads for Brown and Bigelow from 1949 to 1951. As The Pin-up Files notes “each page of these twelve-page calendars had a primary pin-up figure surrounded by several razor-crisp side sketches commenting in some way on the main picture. The large pin-up was painted in gouache, Elliot’s favourite medium, the smaller sketches done in pencil.”
Elliot’s ‘This Trick’s A Treat’ appeared in October 1950. Brown and Bigelow was one of the biggest calendar printers in the world, issuing numerous single month calendars as promotional items for companies. The following pinup notepad was produced for Stewart and Lambert Complete Pest Control, Santa Paula.
Note the hag mask (at left) leering at, and directing the viewer’s attention to, this sexy witch’s lovely legs. The pretty-witch-with-hag-mask theme was the subject of a previous post illustrated by Robert Robinson’s 1949 cover art for Motor Magazine. That this theme was well established by 1949 will be clear from future posts.
[UPDATE 4 April 09: this is one of about a dozen images ripped off this blog, printed out and sold to unsuspecting eBay shoppers as mini-posters, prints, pendants, ID cases, cigarette cases etc. Buyers beware!]