Bettie Page by Arnold Kovacs
Bettie Page by Arnold Kovacs photo circa mid 1950s
Arnold Kovacs (born Apr. 01 1912) photographed Bettie Page at some very
famous camera club outings. He was armed with something more than most
of the other camera club photographers; he had skill. Arnold was a
professional photographer by trade. He worked as a photojournalist for
the US Army inside the European Theater during WWII. Pin-ups and WWII go
hand-in-hand. The term "pin-up" was said to have been coined in 1941. It
refers to the practice of G.I.s placing or pinning a photograph,
calendar or magazine cut-out on the inside of their locker to remember
the girls back home. Arnold took his love of photography and the pin-up,
and used it for employment when he got back to the States.
did the same thing when he returned home from the war only he took a
slightly different path... a path that lead to the wild side. While
Arnold focused more on the girl-next-door type, Sam put his efforts
mostly into gloves, shoes and leather.