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"Disarm the Toy Industry" pin

Opening Chapter 2 of his book, "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash," Shep described seeing this pin:

"DISARM THE TOY INDUSTRY - Printed in angry block red letters the slogan gleamed out from the large white button like a neon sign. . . The button was worn by a tiny Indignant-type little old ladywearing what looked like an upturned flower pot on her head."

"Excelsior You Fathead!" pin

Shep gave these away at one of his gatherings at Washington Square on Sunday afternoons.

According to David Balkansky who went to these and had kept his pin, "As I remember this was maybe once a year and about a hundred and fifty of us would show up just to talk and play our kazoos."


Flick's Tavern Pen Knife

This is one of the promotional items given out by Flick's Tavern in Hessville. The tavern was owned by the Flickinger family and young Flick was famous for having his tongue stuck to the flagpole in "A Christmas Story.

Funko/PEZ Sheriff Ralphie

Issued in 2019, this is a now retired PEZ Dispenser.

Funko/PEZ Bunny Ralphie

Issued in 2019, this is a now retired PEZ Dispenser.

Funko Bunny Ralphie Pocket Keychain />

Issued in 2019, this is now retired.

"Leg Lamp"

Inspired by the Nehi Soda ads featuring lady's legs along with a bottle of their product. 3 lamps were produced for the movie and all 3 were supposedly broken on the set during the filming. Unfortunately, there were no survivors!

Ronald Coleman Gravy Boat

In the movie, "My Summer Story,"the Ronald Colman gravy boat was one piece of a set of dishes offered each week at the Orpheum. Each piece had a different movie star. Hundreds of these were used in the movie and at least one made it to a Goodwill center where it was grabbed up by a knowing fan. Could there be more?

WLW Promotional Glass

This was one of probably two dozen that WLW radio and WLWT television (Cincinnati) offered to listeners / viewers in the summer of 1954. They were called the WLW Sunburst glasses. Each one pictured a different WLW radio or television personality, complete with his or her autograph, along with the signatures of various other personalities.