In Praise of the Pirelli Calendar

There was a time when I could show you a pretty complete set of pictures from the legendary Pirelli calendar. Those days are gone, for better and worse. Showing exposed breasts in America simply invites too much trouble—from readers who feel offended by the sight and from advertisers who worry about cultural pressure groups. However, you can see the complete archive of the Pirelli calendar in a new book, fittingly titled “The Complete Pirelli Calendars” (Rizzoli, $85).

There was a time when I could show you a pretty complete set of pictures from the legendary Pirelli calendar. Those days are gone, for better and worse. Showing exposed breasts in America simply invites too much trouble—from readers who feel offended by the sight and from advertisers who worry about cultural pressure groups.
However, you can see the complete archive of the Pirelli calendar in a new book, fittingly titled "The Complete Pirelli Calendars" (Rizzoli, $85). The image above, made by Francis Giacobetti for the 1970 edition,, captures the Pirelli allure and the long-ago days when pin-up photography was something of an art. I've selected a few more images from the new book, which you can see if you continue reading….