What better way to start the new year at casey/artandcolour than with something seventy-seven years old? I recently found this Radio Orphan Annie Show decoder pin dating to 1936 in a box of things packed away for generations. I'll probably never finish going through my stuff! My aunt Hoohoo would have been eleven years old in '36 so I'm positive she sent away for this. I can just imagine the little Hoohoo sitting in the family home in Leete's Island, listening to the radio program, twirling the ring and finding out each week's "secret" message. Such a cool piece of history!
I just realized I should have turned the outside ring a tiny bit. The letters of the alphabet appear in those blank squares outside of the numbers. You must have been given a series of numbers to match up to the letters to decode the weekly secret message.