Vintage Pin Up: Ted Withers



From Italy With Love

Italian food and art —

– a couple of things
that most folks can’t
help but love.

And I am a huge fan
of both.

Art goes back a long
way in that part of
the world, as I’m sure
you know —

— as you probably
know the names of
the truly great
Italian artists like:
Da Vinci, Botticelli,
and Caravaggio.

I love them, sure.

But one of my favorites
ain’t on that list.

His name was Adolfo Busi,
and he did a lot of work
on postcards around the
turn of the 20th century.

Born in Bologna in 1891,
he studied art at the famous
Accademia della Felsinea-

— he initially got his career
started illustrating children’s
books like:
“Puss In Boots”,
“Little Red Riding Hood”,
and ” Cinderella “.

Posters were a favorite
medium for Busi-

— his advertising art for
products like “Baroni”
and “La Ducale of Parma”
are very well remembered.

He also created
postcard art
in every description
and purpose-

– from World War I propaganda
to romantic and humorous

And today, we have
two wonderful series
which I like a lot and
wanted to share –

The first set is called:
“All Is Fair In Love And War”,

—and were issued
around 1920.

(pics # 2-5 )

They illustrate several allegories
of a lovely maiden undergoing
the challenges and dangers
related to an affair of the heart.

Here she is launching
an all out attack with
her heart cannon upon
her potential love-mate.

Busi certainly has an
interesting and
rather straightforward
approach to it, for sure.

His message is clear –
– the pain and struggles
involved in romance can be
a matter of life and death.

Something that should
always be handled seriously.

IS love
really a battlefield?

Only Busi
and Pat Benatar
know for sure, I guess.

But our second set today
( pics # 6- 9 )
sends a different message –

a man and a woman so
involved with each other
( and their silky pajamas )
that their passion could
possibly light the whole
house on fire –

— and will, if they’re not
more careful with
those candles.

I like this set much better –

– it’s simply a happier setting…

but both sets are beautifully
done and represent some of
Busi’s best illustrative work.

( I might mention that both sets
are missing individual cards, at
least one from each. Anybody ? )


!!! HOY !!!