DescriptionUncle Sam Hanging Hitler: Original Store Display Card of Mechanical Buttons. You pull the lever at 9:00, and Uncle Sam pulls a rope hanging "Der Fuhrer" on this classic 1¾" litho tin button from World War II. Included here are ten buttons in great condition, on an 11" x 13" cardboard store display, which is in very good shape with slight aging. Also present is the original brown paper envelope in which the card was distributed, which proclaims it "The greatest novelty item of the year/ a big profit item/ fast seller/ a 'demand' item"!
We cannot resist relating an anecdote, an experience which taught us a bit of humility. In the early 1990s we visited a general antiques show, where a dealer was offering one of these mechanical buttons at a price of $125. Not expecting to be able to purchase it, we thought we would offer a little helpful advice, and informed the dealer that we were nationally recognized auctioneers who typically handled several examples of this button each year, and that they routinely sold in the $50 - $60 price range. The dealer's response: "Thank you very much for your input. However, I had three of these buttons, and I have been putting them out for $125. The first two have sold. Perhaps you need some new customers!" Whether one considers this a $50 button or $125 one, this display card is a great World War II collectible!
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