Obit of the Day: The Official Pin-Up of the U.S. Army
Not every World War II pin-up was scantily clad. When the government designated Margie Stewart as their official pin-up girl she would not be photogrpahed in a bathing suit like the famed Betty Grable, or any revealing outfit for that matter. Stewart was a wholesome alternative who would also give sage advice like “Please get there…and BACK!”, “Be careful what you say and write!” and urging soldiers to buy war bonds.
Ms. Stewart was discovered on a trip to Chicago that she won after being name Freshman Princess as Indiana University. She would then travel to L.A. where she starred in some films before being contacted by the Army to be photographed as their new poster girl. Originally only three different posters were produced but the soldiers’ response was so positive that nine more were commissioned. (Interestingly one of the biggest opponents of pin-up posters, including Ms. Stewart’s, was First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt…because she was worried that the images of beautiful women would make soldiers think more of home than the battlefield.)
In 1945, Ms. Stewart was sent on a tour of Europe and even traveled to Germany, one of the first civilians to visit after the fall of the Third Reich. In July 1945 she broke the heart of thousands of enlisted men and officers, when she married Capt. Jerry Jeroske.
Margie Stewart died at the age of 92. And of course she had her own website.
(Undated image of Ms. Stewart is courtesy of starlighters.org)