1937 - 1958
Toys and Games
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
The Shadow Radio Promotional Memorabilia
Note: here's how much I know so far, based on research
done at ebay and contributions
from Shadow fans.
If you have any additional information, please contact me.
I have been notified by Dwight Fuhro, a Shadow memorabilia collector,
that the so-called "Black Coal Ring" has never been in existence.
The item in question looks just like the Blue Coal Ring, but with
a black stone instead of blue, and was purported to be rare and pre-dating
the Blue Coal Ring. As Dwight puts it:
Blue Coal was the only one who made that design, and would certainly not put out a black ring, because their entire multimillion dollar promotion was based on coal that was dyed Blue, so a black coal promotion would have been counterproductive to their entire promotion.
So if you come across a Black Coal Ring for sale, remember: buyer beware!
The [person] that was making up this story on eBay when selling it, actually said it was from the 30's and sponsored by Carey Salt, but even that was a ludicrous statement, as Carey Salt did not sponsor the Shadow until 1945.
(Thanks to Dwight Fuhro for the information!)
If you're purchasing the collector rings (such as the Blue Coal Ring
and the Carey Salt Ring) on EBay from the seller, "RedVenomRepros",
keep in mind that this seller only has reproduction rings for sale.
Their Shadow rings are good quality exact replicas that glow in the
dark like the original, so it is easy to mistake these rings for the
real ones if you don't pay attention and think that you're
getting a bargain price for the real deal. (Also, the word "Repros"
in the seller's name should give you a clue.) Note that the seller's
does state that the rings are reproductions.
(Thanks to John Maxwell for the information!)
- Blue Coal:
(Thanks to Gary Kaleta for the picture!)
- Tickets (and ticket envelope) to the radio broadcasts
- Promotional Ad (circa 1970s) for The Shadow radio show on a New Jersey
radio station. It's a picture of The Shadow's face overlooking a tied-up
- Promotional Ad (circa 1952) for The Shadow radio show in "Outstanding
Science Fiction" magazine. It's a picture of an actor portraying
The Shadow, hiding his face with the cloak. From Mutual Broadcasting System,
and sponsored by Wildroot Company, Inc.
Ad for the 17 album record set of The Shadow Anthology produced by
Murray Hill (Thank you to William Hunt for the scan