Mutoscope cards were produced in the '40s
and dispensed by vending machines for around two cents a pop. They
have a distinctive size of 5.25" x 3.25". All Mutoscope cards carry
the inscription 'A Mutoscope Card' on them somewhere. The format was
used for other subjects such as cheesecake
photos, cars, sports and movie stars. You know, guy stuff. The pinup
series can be broken down by the six series produced by Brown &
Bigelow and Louis F. Dow, both major players in the calendar art business.
The Mutoscope sets range in value from
the Glamour Girls and
Artist Pinups, which
are most common, to the Yankee
Doodle Girls and Follies,
which are quite rare.
I've seen many Follies Girl cards imprinted
for use as a postcard.
While it should seem that there would be 256 cards required to complete
a collection (Two sets of 64 plus the other four of 32), there are
actually 282 documented cards and perhaps another variation or two
Both the All American Girls and Hot
'Cha Girls series have a single different card. Both sets also
have some cards which display subtle differences. I have information
on these variations on a seperate page.
I also have provided information on card
values, counterfeit cards and a
near relative of the Mutoscope - The Exhibit
cards of the 1950s.
Muto List in XLS format