Mutoscope Woman Playing Billiards

Old-School Sexy Pin-Up Cards

Fallen garments. Improbable poses. Lots of garters. And, in the 1940s, available at your nearby vending machine.

Back in the '40s, pin-up calendars were all the rage, with companies like Brown & Bigelow commissioning artists to paint scantily clad women in all sorts of barely plausible scenarios (sitting atop a penguin crate while wearing garters, for instance). One such enterprise, the International Mutoscope Reel Company, produced Mutoscope cards, pocket-size three-by-five collectibles that they sold through coin-operated vending machines. The cards are known for their lush colors and teasing (but somewhat-sort-of-clever) captions.

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