Several years ago, I fumbled around eBay, buying this and that until the fateful day I won this small cardboard
pin-up called a Mutoscope card. You always remember
your first, right? Well mine was 'A Run on Sugar'
by Zoe Mozert and I was smitten.
Since they were immortalized in the 1940s, these girls might be over seventy, but the great art, compact size
and finite catalog made them ripe for collecting. Not only are they a nifty hobby, but they represent a unique period in
American history and their influence lives on.
As if you didn't know, sex sells. Many of the pictures on these cards were used on matchbooks, blotters, calendars and
many other items. The Mutoscope, however, is defined only by the beauty of the models and the skill and imagination of the
artist. They carry no advertising, just convey the thrill of ownership.
My girlfriend's convinced I was a pimp in a previous life, but actually I've always loved the old pinup art and burlesque
mentality that 'less is more'. I find cheesecake innocent and fun. Perhaps you do too...