This is a beautiful mutoscope card depicting a lovely young girl painted by Gil Elvgren, an American painter of pin-up girls, advertising, and illustration who was also one of the most important pin-up and glamour artists of the twentieth century.
The caption of this attractive card reads as, "ANKLES AWEIGH".
The history of the pin-up girl originates to the time of World War I, when President Woodrow Wilson formed the Division of Pictorial Publicity to create visual boost to persuade men to join the war effort. The pin-up girl's fame continued to rise throughout World War II, when soldiers would hang up an image of a pretty lady to remind them of their home country.
Mutoscope cards were published during the 1940s by the International Mutoscope Reel Company and dispensed by coin-operated vending machines in places such as amusement parks. Most Mutoscope cards are of "pin-up" material.
This one-of-a-kind mutoscope card is grated, encased, and slabbed by PSA, Professional Authenticator Sports as EX - MT 6. It measures 5 1/4 x 3 3/4.