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1940-1945 Mutoscope Pinup Cards Near-Complete Set Run (225/258)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,644
Offered is a tremendous collection of 225 different Mutoscope pinup cards issued from 1940 to 1945, representing a near complete set run of all Mustoscope pinups ever issued (missing only the 1944 Follies Girls set). In the style of Exhibit cards of the era, from 1940 to 1945 the Mutoscope Reel Company issued cards featuring beautiful pinup artwork by the top illustrators of the day, for sale in penny arcade machines. The public's appetite for pinup art exploded during this era, with images by artists such as Gil Elvgren, Zoe Mozert, and Earl Moran appearing on everything from matchbook covers to ink blotters to calendars. Fortunately, youngsters were not left out of this impressive production of printed matter, as the Mutoscope Company made these (for the times) very risqué images available to kids throughout the land at amusement parks and anywhere arcade machines could call home. This virtually complete collection of all cards issued from 1940 to 1945 (missing only the 1944 Follies Girls set) includes the following: 1940 Glamour Girls (32 cards complete), 1941 All-American Girls (32 cards complete plus one variation for a total of 33), 1942 Yankee Doodle Girls (32 cards complete), 1943 Hotcha Girls (64 of 65 cards in the set, does not include the extremely rare "My Diver's License" card), and 1945 Artist Pinup Girls (64 cards complete). This is a very carefully assembled collection put together over a period of many years by a very dedicated and advanced collector. This is a collection which normally would be nearly impossible to complete, let alone in such magnificent high grade, but fortunately most of the work has been done. The torch is passed to the winner to find the missing set for completion. Very crisp, clean, bright, and sharp-looking collection of these very scarce classics of American Popular Culture. 90% Ex to Nr/Mt, 10% Vg to Vg-Ex (a few cards are slightly lesser). Sharp-looking group! Total: 225 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+. SOLD FOR $2,644
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