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Like a trip to the antique store. Images, artifacts, and stories of life in the University District in Columbus, Ohio from the past 150 years and much, much more.

Found this last weekend. This card of a lightly attired showgirl was produced in the 1920s by a Chicago company called Exhibit Supply.
Exhibit Supply made vending machines that, for a penny or two, dispensed photocards. The company produced cards of all sorts of subjects: baseball players, boxers, cowboy heroes, movie stars, cartoon characters, sideshow freaks, wrestlers, jokes and gags, fortunes, and pin-up girls.
The vending machines—especially the ones selling girlie pictures—were often located in theaters, pool halls, arcades, bars, military PXs, and other places young men gathered.
Exhibit Supply maintained a steady business and produced thousands of cards until the late 1960s when it finally succumbed to changing market conditions.
  • 26 July 2012
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