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 Alberto Vargas  (1896 - 1982)

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Lived/Active: New York/California      Known for: pin-up girl illustrations

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Alberto Vargas
from Auction House Records.
Vargas Girl, Playboy illustration, October 1963
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Alberto Vargas (1896-1982) was born in Arequipa, Peru, in 1896, the son of a successful photographer, and was educated in Switzerland.  Arriving in New York in 1916, he was determined to stay in America and pursue what became an illustrious career.

His name has become synonymous with pin-up girls, but in the early 1940s, he was just a guy hired by Esquire magazine to imitate departed star George Petty, who bolted over pay.  Vargas initially aped Petty's sleek women w (showing 500 of 3053 characters).

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