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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

The term “cheesecake” is synonymous with “pin-up photo”. The earliest documented print usage of this sense of “cheesecake” is in 1934 [1], predating “pin-up”, although anecdotes say the phrase was in spoken slang some 20 years earlier, originally in the phrase (said of a pretty woman) “better than cheesecake”.

Classic cheesecake refers to the works of artists such as Raphael Kirchner, Alberto Vargas, George Petty, Zoë Mozert, Earl Moran and Gil Elvgren, who all portrayed pin-up girls in a particular style.

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