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Exhibit Mutoscope-Style Pin-Up Cards Uncut Sheets (2)
Starting Bid - $100.00, Sold For - $1,044.00
Presented are two different uncut sheets of Mutoscope pinup cards dating from the early 1940s. One sheet features thirty-two different arcade cards (3.5 x 5.5 inches) and the other sheet has sixty-four different images of cards (2.5 x 3.5 inches). The sheets are printed on very thin paper stock. When issued, the arcade cards were mounted onto heavy stock, cut into individual cards, and distributed in "Exhibit card style" penny arcade machines, primarily at amusement parks. Mutoscope was a direct competitor of The Exhibit Company. From 1940 to 1945 the Mutoscope Reel Company issued cards featuring beautiful pinup artwork by the top illustrators of the day, including artists such as Gil Elvgren, Zoe Mozert, and Earl Moran. The images these artists created appeared on everything from matchbook covers to ink blotters to calendars. All things considered, it is a little surprising that Mutoscope pinup cards were marketed to children at all, as many of the images and jokes were (for the times) very risqué. But they did sell very well. We're not sure if the cards on the sheet of sixty-four were actually issued. This may be a proof sheet for the pinup images which appeared on ink blotters produced by Mutoscope. These sheets are very colorful and striking. Ideal for framing and display. Near Mint condition. Total 2 sheets. Reserve $100. Estimate $200/$300. SOLD FOR $1,044.00
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