Random Batman Memorabilia

ABatman burst onto the scene in January 1966, airing twice a week on ABC, and its instant popularity led to an incredible assortment of toys and collectibles. There were action figures, board games, novels, trading cards, coloring books and more. I have a few odd Batman items in my collection of television memorabilia.

First up is 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.

Black and white picture of Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman with pre-printed autographs.

Picture with Adam West and Burt Ward Pre-Printed Autographs

Next are six small stamps featuring Batman, Robin, the Batmobile, the Joker, the Riddler and the Penguin. I don’t know anything about them. It looks like they connected as 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. Perhaps they came in a cereal box?

Photograph of six small plastic stamps with Batman characters.

Unidentified Batman Stamps

Finally, here’s a Batman Tru-Vue film card. To be honest, I hadn’t heard of Tru-Vue until I started researching this card. The company was founded in early 1930 and was popular during the 1930s and 1940s and later competed with View-Master, which used a round card rather than a square one.

Photograph of a Batman Tru-Vue stereography film card.

Batman Tru-Vue Film Card

There were three Batman Tru-Vue film cards. This is the first. There was also a special Batman Tru-Vue viewer. I tried scanning two of the individual film frames/cells with limited success.

Scan of a cell from a Batman Tru-Vue film card.

Batman Tru-Vue Film Frame
Scan of a cell from a Batman Tru-Vue film card.

Batman Tru-Vue Film Frame

This particular film strip was found inside the cabinet of an Edison Diamond Disc player 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.

6 Replies to “Random Batman Memorabilia”

  1. 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”…..

  2. 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.

  3. 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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