Vintage Pin Up: Love – 1905 Style


Behave Yourself

Yes, my friends….

It’s your Muscleheaded
buddy here, with more
insipid and generally
out-of-date advice
from the wonderful world
of vintage publications.

In this case,
How To Behave ” –

a series of
postcards printed back
around 1910.

Now, I’m sure you need no
counseling on how to behave

Especially not from a guy
who never could master it,

Never mind a postcard
illustrator from a hundred
years ago who was just
going for laughs, anyway.

There’s a couple of sets
of these–
a set for men,
a set for women,
and a set for children.

And they are humorous,
if you take the art along
with the captions.

The handwriting is kinda
tough to read, though —

So, I’ll give you
the captions below,
numbered from the top.

1: How To Behave Yourself
(for gentlemen) 
If you meet a lady
always raise your hat,
it is both fit and proper,
but be sure you know
the lady first.


2: How To Behave Yourself
(for ladies ) 
Never interfere with the
workmen who happen to
be in the house. They
sometimes know more
about their job than you do. 


3: How To Behave Yourself
(for children ) 
If you find that elder folks 
want to converse quietly
and privately, just retire
to the garden or nursery.


4: How To Behave Yourself
(for gentlemen) 
On meeting your future 
ma-in-law, always make 
your most profound bow, 
only be careful of the furniture. 


5: How To Behave Yourself
(for ladies )
If you have your portrait
taken, and you’re not happy
about the result, do not abuse
the poor artist – remember
that he has done his best.


6: How To Behave Yourself
(for ladies )
If a clumsy man treads upon
your gown at the dance, do not
be angry as he has more cause 
to be upset than yourself.


7: How To Behave Yourself
(for ladies )
If your bus is waiting, do

not stop to have the last 
word, as the conductor 
himself may forget himself
and say things. 


Alrighty —
well, now that we’re just
about out of these, you’re
on your own now…..

So try to behave yourself.

Or not.

!!! HOY !!!


Crackerjack Slang

I’ll have to admit,
we use a lot of slang
around here
at the
Muscleheaded Blog……..

I like to say
that a bit
of the blarney blarg
helps make my posts
almost completely
which is good ’cause
no one can take exception
to what I’m saying if they
don’t even understand
what the hell I’m even
talking about.

And if maybe a coherent
thought should slip
through every now
and then,

what’s a salsa without
a little lime, chili and

(mushy tomatoes and
onions, mostly)

Errr.. my point ,
belabored as
it may be,
{ if N=slang then
W+O+R+D+S (+N) }
makes up more than
the sum of it’s letters –

it’s a kinda code that really
doesn’t make any sense to
anyone except the people
who are in on the thing.

(and heaven only knows
who ‘they’ are)

Until it gets
out of the bag,
as it were,
and then,
it becomes part
of ‘popular parlance’.

Think about it.

At one time, only a small
group of people knew that
there was another meaning
to the word ‘beaver’ other
than just a cousin to the
honey badger.

But it spread.Related image

I mean, the popularity of
the expression spread.

And now,
you can jump
to your own conclusions.

Today, we’re attempting
to revive what were,
at one time,
very popular expressions…

(good luck
with that, right …. )

For instance,
you might remember
that the Victorians were
very touchy about
certain words,
and used substitutes
and insider slang to
replace the names
of stuff that they
didn’t like to talk about.

for instance.

Very touchy.

They called ’em

Much better, huh?

But you had to
be quite a
‘whipster‘ to know
what they meant
when they said it.

And that’s what
this whole
whipt syllabus’
is all about.

Sorry to be such
a ‘whisk‘ about it…..

– but a guy’s gotta just
gaze at the melody‘,
ya know.

!!! HOY !!!




Arthur Symons says:


” Your kisses, and the way you curl,
Delicious and distracting girl,
Into one’s arms, and round about,
Luxuriously in and out
Twining inextricably, as twine
The clasping tangles of the vine;
Strong to embrace and long to kiss,
And strenuous for the sharper bliss,
Insatiably enamored of
The ultimate ecstasy of love. “

Rah Rah Earl Christy

rootforthehometeamA lot of folks like
to collect sports memorabilia,

….. whether it be from the professional leagues,
semi-pro, or
college level teams.

Among the favorites in
the U.S. are of course,
basketball, football,
and baseball.

I’d rather follow
the cheerleaders.

And yes,

there have been sports memorabilia
issued about pep squads and the like —

Oh sure,

— you probably had
a ‘Debbie Does Dallas’
poster on your bedroom
wall at one time —

I know I still do.

But that’s not really3
what I’m talking about here.

(I got nothing at all to say
about the Dallas Cowboys,

…. at least since Tom
Landry was coach,

and we can always discuss
porno movie posters at another juncture… )

Previous to the 1940’s,

— the most popular kind of collectible dealing with cheerleaders had to do with colleges.

it’s all about school spirit, ya know.

Raah raah,
sis boom bah,
and all that.

Actually, a very famous pin-up artist got his start doing these kinds of pieces–

for postcards, cigarette
cards, and the like…

Earl Christy.1

Born in 1882, in Philadelphia,
he was drawing at a very early age.

He was only 17
when he sold a series of illustrations
of ‘All American College Girls’ —

(featuring mostly
Ivy League colleges )
to the Atlantic City Boardwalk Picture Company.

These were eventually published as collectible cards
by the J. Hoover and Sons Calendar Company,
also of Philadelphia.

(if you look closely,
you might also notice that ole Earl
mighta had a thing for ermine and exotic furs. )

Christy was a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts in 1907 —

During his time there,

he obtained a commission
to draw another series of ami
feminine college boosters
for publication as postcards —

— this time by the U.S. Postcard Company.

These, published in 1905,
became his first widely
distributed work —

and the popularity of
those cards
became quite a boon
to Christy’s career.

He went on to create
some classic pin-up art,

and created covers
and illustrations
for some of the 1930’s era
most iconic magazines,

Modern Screen,
Pictorial Review,
Popular Songs,
Radio Stars,
Screen Album,
and Screen Romances.

Widely regarded for
his stylized, romantic style,

his work has appeared
on media ranging from:

posters to sheet music,
pulp magazines to boxes,
jigsaw puzzles to programs,
coasters to cups,
advertising to china,earlchristy
textiles to textbooks.

Christy died at age 78,
after a prolific
artistic career,

and is remembered as
the illustrator
who created the image
of the 1900’s
‘All American Girl’.


! HOY !