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Selling originally from a Seattle estate, a rare find and one of a kind --- original mid century modern vintage 1940's Al Moore framed print, signed lower right and titled "Chest Without Drawers". This is an original vintage print made of a gate-fold -- an original old custom print -- (not a smaller gate-fold). It is well preserved in excellent vintage condition with no color fade. There is glass reflection in photos.

You can pick up a gate-fold for relatively very little -- but that is not what this is -- this is a large print that could have been likely a private custom order or for a promotion: It is a very rare size.

The original of this art by Al Moore 'girl next door' Pin-Up was titled by Al Moore, "Welcome Change" which was printed on the left. I have seen it listed as the Esquire Holiday Issue of 1947 and also 1948.

21" x 16" unframed, and 24 1/2" x 21" framed with a 2 1'2" mat.

Note: A barely seen centerfold thin line seen on the left dropping from her shoulder is original from the publication in Esquire of the pin-up although it doesn't show on the background. You also might see a pencil line outlining her image, especially around his signature.

By the 1950's these Esquire's gate-folds were highly collectible ~ This particular portrait was also done with the same girl wearing a Santa hat. This original print has been well preserved along with the intrigue of the owners clever humorous re-titlement : "Chest Without Drawers" written on the mat. Note that there is a bit of glare due to camera reflection on glass in the photos.

This is a wonderful rare find~! Terrific unique wall decor from home to office~!

Al Moore Biography: from art sources:

"Moore's breakthrough assignment was being chosen by Esquire to replace Alberto Vargas, the most popular pin-up artist of the day. Moore was a busy illustrator from the 1940s to the late 50s, generating advertising, fashion, story art, and pin-ups. Covers for Saturday Evening Post and Collier's and interior work for these and Woman's Home Companion, American Magazine, Woman's Day, McCall's, Cosmopolitan. Ads for Hertz, Whitman's Chocolates, Ford, Camay, Nash, US Rubber, Coke, Old Gold, Botany. He replaced Vargas and Petty as Esquire's main pin-up man. Moore's girls are less glossy and impossible than those of his talented predecessors, being more girl-next door realistic and natural. He provided calendars for Esquire, Brown and Bigelow. Last illustrations for Pan Am and US Olympics."

Mid Century Modern Vintage 1947 Framed RARE Signed Al Moore Original Esquire Girl Nude Pin Up Print - Welcome Change - Chest Without Drawers

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