Mike Ludlow's Esquire Girls

Here is one of Mike Ludlow's gorgeous 'centerfolds' for Esquire magazine - from the August 1956 issue.

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Ludlow is often referred to as a pin-up artist and considering he painted the entire 1957 Esquire pin-up calendar (the last ever published by the magazine) I suppose the designation fits. But beyond his pin-up work for Esquire, I have never seen any other examples.

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I find Ludlow's work fresh and distinct - stylistically similar to Cooper studio artists of the day like Joe DeMers, Coby Whitmore and Joe Bowler. As pin-up artists go, Ludlow was no Sundblom clone!

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Here are the last few pages from the '57 Esquire calendar for your enjoyment.

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You can find the rest in my Mike Ludlow Flickr set.

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