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1944 "Follies Girls" Mutoscope Pinup Cards Near-Complete Set (27/32)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,200
Presented is a near-complete set of "Follies Girls" Mutoscope cards, consisting of twenty-seven different cards (out of thirty-two in a complete set). Missing only Catch On, Foot Loose, Plenty on the Ball, Skirting Trouble, and So Fully Packed for completion. 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. A total of six different series were issued during this period, with 1944's installment, "Follies Girls," the rarest of the sets. Included among the cards found in this near-complete set are three with sports themes, which makes them extra popular among collectors: Hit and Miss (baseball, with "Follies Girls" overprint on reverse), Net Results (tennis), and Worthy (boating). Overall condition of the set is eighteen Vg-Ex to Ex, eight Gd to Vg, and one with color added. Many of the cards present better than their technically accurate assigned grades suggest, but display light creases or wrinkles common to the stock on which these cards are printed. This is a very attractive and particularly scarce near-complete set of this classic 1940s pinup series. Total: 27 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,200
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