“I have been doing this pin-up thing for 40 years. I have seen just about all there is to see, including knowing many of the artists, AND many of their models. Any of those artists would have been overjoyed to know Cathy much less paint her.  Since my books came out, so many art directors, models and artists have tried to do what she is doing and 99% of the results are laughable. Cathy is the real All American Girl the great artists portrayed in the 50’s.”
-Author and Pin-Up Expert Louis K. Meisel, 2012


Yes, its true! Cathy has decided to produce one more calendar! After 5 years of hearing from fans to bring it back, she chose to create one and ONLY one sequel to her most popular 2011 “An American Vintage Pinup Tribute” calendar, which featured her recreations of the most famous and widely- recognized wartime posters of Hollywood bombshells. If you don’t know the incredible story behind Cathy’s Charity Calendar, click here to read the circumstances that inspired the entire project and how it evolved.

This time, Cathy’s new 2019 “Made in America” calendar will feature a twist that came purely from fate. In 2011, she received a gift from author, collector and pinup expert, Louis K. Meisel. It was his gorgeous coffee table book of all the greatest 20th century pinup art. Meisel had compiled the most comprehensive collection of the famous artists and their paintings and illustrations, which were widely circulated in the wartime era. As Cathy began to consider a new calendar, she needed the perfect theme that would convey the message and story in the way that her audience expects, and, as always, she wanted to make sure to donate to a worthy cause specific to our Veterans. She contacted her friend and previous charity partner, Retired Staff Sergeant, Matt Nelson about teaming up on the charity portion. Then, she contacted Meisel about his book, and not only did he agree to endorse the project and let her use it as the inspiration and basis for her new calendar, but as a veteran himself, he offered to donate a percentage of any book sales that comes directly from the calendar publicity to Cathy’s chosen military charity, 22 Kill.


In the 1970’s, Louis K. Meisel and fellow collector Charles Martignette began documenting and collecting the work of the most widely recognized Pin-Up painters of the early to mid-20th Century. In the mid 90’s, they wrote and published The Great American Pin-Up with Taschen Publishing. With over 20 years of research behind it, this comprehensive book included the history of 72 artists and over 900 of their illustrations. It is THE document on the genre. To this day, Louis owns one of the most substantial collections of Pin-Up Art that exists, as much of it is hard to find. The authors went on to publish more books, including The Complete Paintings (500) of Gil Elvgren, the world’s leading artist of all time in the Pin-Up style. It is from these books that Cathy Rankin has selected images to portray herself as the live pinup model, bringing the artwork and characters to life.

For more information or to order any of the amazing books written by Louis K. Meisel, visit  www.MeiselGallery.com publications or Amazon.


Cathy met Matt Nelson, and his father and Retired Marine, Dwight Nelson, in 2005 when they contacted her to help promote their New England Warrior charity which raised money for various veteran causes including the Marine Corps Scholarship Fund. At the time, Matt was serving overseas as a Marine Scout Sniper and was featured on the National news for saving the life of a young girl in Iraq who was caught in the crossfire during an enemy ambush. Matt’s heroic effort was just a small part of his service, and something for which he wants no special recognition, as he humbly insists it was just part of his duty. But, during his service in Afghanistan and Iraq, Matt lost 11 fellow veterans and friends from his unit, and this was one of several factors that personally inspired Cathy to produce her first calendar in order to help honor our troops, as well as raise money specifically for New England Warrior and the Marine Corps Scholarship Fund. Over $24,000 was raised and donated through Cathy’s calendar project, with the money going to efforts that supported Marine families in need, as well as annual wreaths for the graves of fallen soldiers, and supplies for units still overseas. Matt retired from his service, and now works (still serving others!) with the Fire Department in his hometown in Massachusetts, while also working as volunteer coordinator  for the Boston office of 22Kill. Through the years, Cathy stayed in touch with Matt, and when she learned of the work that he was doing with 22Kill, she knew that this was the cause that she wanted to help support with one more calendar.


22KILL works to raise awareness to the veteran suicide epidemic that is plaguing our country, and educate the public on PTS (post-traumatic stress) and other mental health issues. 22KILL also partners with other organizations nationwide to provide a variety of programs and resources for veterans and first responders. These programs include traditional and non-traditional forms of therapy for both mental and physical health, with the primary focus being suicide prevention through empowerment.

For more information about the full mission and history of 22 Kill, visit www.22kill.com


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