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Mollie Hough: Saskatchewan's pin-up girl

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Betty Grable move over. Rita Hayworth you have some tough competition. Molly Hough, a lovely young woman from Saskatchewan, has become the pin-up poster girl of the Second World War. In the early 1940s the Maple Leaf newspaper published a posed poolside photograph of Hough - unbeknownst to her. Some five decades later, the Saskatchewan native would learn how popular she was overseas with the soldiers when Legion magazine investigated the history behind the lovely girl in the famous photo, as shown in this CBC Television report.
• During the Second World War, George Powell worked with the Canadian Army newspaper the Maple Leaf. In 1944, the Maple Leaf office received a series of pin-up photographs to run in the paper. Hough's girl-next-door innocence stood out. Powell recalled, "For here was a photo of Mollie Hough of Saskatoon, one of the most wholesome looking Canadian-girl-next-door types who was not only pretty, but had a smile that made your heart skip a beat." (The Legion Magazine, November/December 1998)

• He recalled that reporters would tally how many Mollie photos they'd seen while out on assignment. He resolved that after the war he would find Hough to tell her how popular she was with the Canadian soldiers.

• In 1998, more than 50 years later, Powell found Hough and wrote an article about her for Legion magazine. Hough was living in Saskatchewan with her husband and they were the proud parents of three children and three grandchildren. She was pleased to learn that her pin-up was so popular with the troops overseas.

Medium: Television
Program: Newshour
Broadcast Date: Nov. 1, 1999
Guest(s): Mollie Hough
Reporter: Bill Waiser
Duration: 3:43
Photo: Frank Powolny and Bob Landry

Last updated: May 8, 2012

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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