Ruth Deckard

Ruth Deckard was an American pinup artist, known only as Deckard for many years and thought to be a man. It wasn’t until The Great American Pin-up was published in 1996 that the world knew she was a woman. She was a Chicago based artist. Most of her paintings were published by Louis F. Dow Co. of St. Paul, Minnesota. She painted from the mid 1930’s into the 1950s. Her art was not as refined as Alberto Vargas or Petty, but it had a great appeal to the masses. One of her best is named Pin Cushion, a woman lying on her back with a white top and skirt, her legs draped over the top of a round cushion, and four bowling pins leaned against the cushion.


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