Vintage Photos of Patriotic July 4th Pinups

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Nothing says the birth of the United States as an independent nation like vintage bathing beauties posing with oversized phalluses firecrackers. Happy July 4th, America! We’re celebrating with a slice of cheesecake from these historical hotties — including a few famous names like Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe, and Ava Gardner. These beachy pinups, adored by G.I.s during wartime, are sure to put you in a patriotic mood.

Ava Gardner – 1943

Jayne Mansfield – 1953

Carole Wells

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Debbie Reynolds

Ann Blyth

Jane Powell

Betty Compson

Leila Hyams

Cyd Charisse

Mae West

Martha Hyer

Piper Laurie – 1952

Mary Castle

Dorothy Arnold – 1939

Nancy Porter

Carole Wells

Anita Page – 1929