Random Batman Memorabilia

ABC’s Batman burst onto the scene in January of 1966 and its popularity led to an incredible assortment of toys, collectibles and memorabilia. Action figures, board games, trading cards, coloring books and more. Here’s a black and white promotional photograph featuring pre-printed autographs of Adam West and Burt Ward, from 1966. I believe it was available by mail order:

I don’t know much about these six stamps, featuring Batman, Robin, the Batmobile, the Joker, the Riddler and the Penguin. From the looks of the individual stamps they came connected together in one piece of plastic and were later twisted and pulled apart. The two small pins on each stamp suggest perhaps they fit into a holder of some sort. Or maybe not.

Finally, here’s a Tru-Vue film card. I hadn’t heard of Tru-Vue until I was researching this card. The company was founded in early 1930 and was apparently very popular during the 1930s and 1940s and later competed with View-Master, which used a round card rather than a square one. You can read more about Tru-Vue here and here. There were three Batman Tru-Vue film cards; this is the first. I’ve seen them on eBay occasionally, sometimes packaged together with a special Batman Tru-Vue viewer.

I tried scanning two of the individual pictures with some success:

This particular film strip was found inside an Edison phonograph, where it had presumably fallen and been forgotten during the 1960s. I don’t have a Tru-Vue viewer so unfortunately I can’t enjoy its wonderful stereography.

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  • Barry I. Grauman says:

    What a combination- “Batman” and an “Edison phonograph”. Both were considered “campy” in 1966…Sawyer’s, Inc. owned “View-Master” AND “Tru-Vue” at the time, so both stereoscopic formats weren’t actually “competing” with each other (although “View-Master” was the more popular of the two). Ah, Julie Newmar as “The Catwoman”…..

  • RGJ says:

    If only I had finished reading the introduction at this site I would have known that Sawyer’s purchased Tru-Vue in 1952. It looks like Tru-Vue may have folded shortly after the Batman film cards were released (the site says “mid 1960s”). As I said, I had never heard of the company until recently. But I have a pile of View-Master reels.

  • Cee Jay says:

    I remember when I first got a View Master the BATMAN reels were the first ones I bought with my own money, I think a reel called TRIP ACROSS AMERICA or something like that showing famous landmarks came with the viewer

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