Born on this day in 1894, artist George Petty created pinup art for Esquire magazine (among others) beginning in the 1930s and continuing into the 1950s. Reproductions of his work, known as “Petty Girls,” were reinterpreted and used by military artists as nose art decorating warplanes during WW2, including the most well-known example, the Memphis Belle.
His artwork also appeared in art deco inspired advertisements, including this delightfully dated Old Gold cigarette ad (scanned here from a 1938 issue of The New Yorker magazine) which includes a line describing the “benevolent mildness” of this brand:
What charm! What freshness! And just twenty! Twenty Old Golds… No more, no less than you get in any other regular-size pack of cigarettes. But O.G.! What a difference you’ll find in O.G.s! What a difference in the rich full flavor and fragrance of their prize crop tobacco! What a difference in their benevolent mildness that comes from long extra aging and mellowing in oaken casks! What a difference in Old Gold’s Guaranteed Freshness, the result of a stale-proof package wrapped in double cellophane double-sealed! Do you wonder that every day more wise smokers marry Old Golds?