Q: I have a complete deck of 53 "Vargas Girls" plastic-coated playing cards. They are marked "Creative Play Card Co. Inc., St. Louis 2, Missouri." Each card has a picture of a young woman in a different pose.
A: Alberto Vargas was a successful artist of pin-up-girl art in the 1940s. His work appeared in Esquire, calendars and posters. dTC "Warman's Americana & Collectibles, 6th Edition," edited by Harry L. Rinker, lists a deck of playing cards by Vargas at $150.