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February 27, 2024

Rolf Armstrong: The “Creator of the Calendar Girl”

Rolf Armstrong (1889–1960) was an American commercial artist and illustrator specializing in glamorous depictions of female subjects. He is best known for his magazine covers and calendar art.

Glamorous girls illustrated by Rolf Armstrong in the early 20th century

In 1960, the New York Times dubbed him the “creator of the calendar girl.” His commercial career extended from 1912 to 1960, the great majority of his original work being done in pastel.

Here below is a set of vintage photos that shows glamorous girls illustrated by Rolf Armstrong in the early 20th century.

Puck, January 9, 1914

Metropolitan, August 1918

Girl of Mine, 1919

Metropolitan, January 1919

Martha Mansfield, July 1920

Photoplay, Mae Murray, August 1920

Betty Blythe, September 1921

Photoplay, Bebe Daniels, August 1921

Photoplay, Dorothy Phillips, May 1921

Photoplay, June Caprice, June 1921

Photoplay, Lillian Gish, December 1921

Photoplay, Marion Davies, November 1921

Photoplay, Priscilla Dean, March 1921

Photoplay, Rubye De Remer, February 1921

Photoplay, Alice Terry, September 1922

Photoplay, Mabel Ballin, June 1922

Screenland, May McAvoy, June 1924

College Humor, October 1925

Cleopatra, 1926

Chérie, 1929

Drink Nehi, 1929

Screenland, Alice White, December 1929

An Old-Fashioned Girl, circa 1920s

Betty, circa 1920s

Black Lace, circa 1920s

Dream Girl Mascarade, circa 1920s

Dream Girl with a Pearl Ring, circa 1920s

Golden Scarf, circa 1920s

H. C. Downham Nursery Co., Ltd., circa 1920s

Murad Cigarette Advertisement, circa 1920s

Orchids, circa 1920s

Photoplay, 20 Clara Kimball Young, May 1920

Sincere, circa 1920s


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