Pinups From Government Archives: In the USDA

These aren’t as pinup-ey as Howard Hollem’s ladies, but there’s something about the test tubes and masks that captured our attention.

k5773-9 - Kristen Katzberg by Keith Weller
k5773-9 - Kristen Katzberg by Keith Weller
k5306-18 - Sharon Jones by Keith Weller
k5306-18 - Sharon Jones by Keith Weller
k4542-1- Ellie Giron by Bruce Fitz
k4542-1- Ellie Giron by Bruce Fitz
k5397-5 - Suzanne Batra by Scott Bauer
k5397-5 - Suzanne Batra by Scott Bauer
k7989-7 - Janet Chan by Brian Prechtel
k7989-7 - Janet Chan by Brian Prechtel
k8329-2 - Amy Baker by Scott Bauer
k8329-2 - Amy Baker by Scott Bauer
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Creating A Room With A View

Room With A View Background
Room With A View Background
Detail of Window
Detail of Window
Space Auto-Generated
Space Auto-Generated
Starscape
Starscape
Starscape Detail
Starscape Detail
Planet Detail
Planet Detail
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For Rachel’s space window, we had to create two backgrounds, the window itself, and the starscape behind it. For the windows we sifted through hundreds of photographs of metalwork, from fireplace grilles to fences to earrings, anything that captured the filigree look we wanted. We leveled all the bits and pieces to keep all the metal in the gold/bronze/copper range and composited them together.

The hard part was the starscape. Most starscapes start their life as a big field of black and white noise (see Space Auto Generated above). And after equal parts erasing and painting that it eventually becomes something resembling stars. Add a few layers of glow and blur, and then, you’re onto space.

 

Welcome to Steampunk Betties!

This is only a small gallery from our first model. We promise a longer, saucier set later this month.

As we said a few weeks back, our rollout is going to be a bit slower than we planned, so, for right now, you’re looking at about a thing a week from us over here. It’s a great time to subscribe via RSS!

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September’s model is Rachel Lapidus. She’s been a fabulous friend for letting us dress her up! Thanks, Rachel!

This background is based on a public domain photograph by Howard Hollem taken for the United States Office of War Information in the 1940′s. We’ll spend some time focusing on him this month too.