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For the last couple of days (or even weeks) I’ve been engaged in a serious hunt for the delightful, cheery illustrations of J. Frederick Smith (1917 – 2006).
Smith was one of a group of pin-up artist who were drafted by Esquire. Not only did Smith provide pin-up art, but he was also employed doing a series of memorable articles for which he supplied pretty girls and the occasional guy. He also handled more family-oriented fare with Esquire's sister mag, Coronet, usually doing the covers. In the 1960s, the artist switched almost exclusively
to photography. *
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