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The year is 1945. What would World War II have been without Pinup Girls? Marguerite Chapman grew up in Chatham, New York, and became a successful John Powers Agency model – after her friends prodded her into it. Marguerite’s kisser was featured on magazine covers of the late-1930s.

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In 1939, Hollywood came a-callin’ – leading to a long, successful career in film and television. Some of her many film credits include: “Charlie Chan At The Wax Museum” (1940), “You’re In The Army Now” (1941), “Appointment In Berlin” (1943), “Mr. District Attorney” (1947), “Flight To Mars” (1951), and “The Seven Year Itch” (1955), starring Marilyn Monroe.

Marguerite appeared on a number of classic television shows of the 1950s, ’60s & ’70s.
“Pepsi Playhouse” (1954), “Studio 57” (1954-57), “Rawhide” (1959), “Perry Mason” (1960), “Frontier Circus” (1962), “Marcus Welby, MD” (1971), Hawaii Five-O” (1975), and “Police Story” (1976) are among her TV credits.

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Over the past couple of years, I’ve come to look forward to opportunities to colorize publicity photos of the classic World War II-era cover girls and Hollywood actresses. The quality of the images is usually first-rate; the scenes are often artistic in nature; and well . . . you must admit, they’re easy on the eyes. When you’re staring at the same photo for hours on end – a cute girl makes the time pass a whole lot faster.

At American Photo Colorizing, our goal is to shred the black & white veil that separates us from the exciting, vibrant lives of those who came before us. It’s time to “Go Color” with your vintage and antique family photos. Your ancestors are counting on you!

1945 - Marguerite-Chapman - Halloween (BW Cropped)

1945 - Marguerite Chapman - Halloween 2


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