Rockford, Illinois: 1953-1954.
Softcover. Quarto measuring 9" x 13". Spiral-bound yellow wrappers. Contains 60 pages with 353 different tracings in blue ink on smaller cut sheets, all adhered with tape. Most sheet sizes range from 2.5" x 2.5" to 4.5" x 8.25". Very good book with moderate wear and rubbing.
A scrapbook of accomplished tracings of pin-up girls created by a 13 year old girl, Dorothy Drolen. It begins with a title which reads, “This book contains pinup girls I have traced from comic books. Dorothy Lee Drolen 1641 6th Avenue --- Rockford, Illinois 3-8569 September Nineteenth, 1953 - My Pinup Girls – Finished July Twenty-Eighth 1954.” The scrapbook contains a number of true renderings of idealized women who graced late Atomic Age comics including Katy Keene and Brenda Starr. Women are depicted as everything from ballerinas, to gas station attendants, to space babes. Dorothy Lee Drolen graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell in 1963 and was an exchange student in Greece during high school. With limited information on Drolen, we are not sure what comment this makes about a Midwestern tennage girl in the 1950s. Considering her use of every day opaque paper and the accomplished feel of the drawings, it certainly reflects a disciplined ethic in the countless hours it took to create.
An interesting collection of the artistic endeavors of a young woman interested in pinup art.