Americana October 2001
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The show Dragnet, starring Jack Webb, was considered high drama for adults in the early days of television, but it had its younger fans too. Jack Webb played Sgt. Friday as a no-nonsense, straight-talk-only detective. The characters were completely unrealistic and lacking in anything resembling a personality, but still the show thrived for years. The toy you see here is a boxed crime detection kit, probably designed to appeal to young lawmen in the making, as well as to kids with a bit of "Mr. Wizard" running through their veins. The kit itself is designed as a hinged, handled cardboard case, with a metal latch to keep it closed when you are travelling to the scene of a crime. The closed case measures 9" x 12" on the surface and is 2-1/2" deep. Its glossy top and bottom covers feature a dynamic black and white photo of Jack Webb loading his revolver, superimposed over a color painting of a police office and crime lab, complete with police scientist. The side panels are a brilliant red. Inside the kit are a multitude of small-scaled crime detection pieces, including: a wallet with a photo ID of Sgt. Friday, a fingerprint inkpad and record sheets (we'll bet Mom loved these!), an instruction booklet, a "Case Closed" stamp with its own ink pad (another implement for home destruction!), a pinwheel-style decoder, a glass tube of invisible ink crystals, a magnifier, a microscope with separate slide, a flashlight signal gun, handcuffs with separate keys, and the badge! It even still has the inspection sticker of the employee who checked the completeness of the contents! There is some light foxing on some of the paper pads, otherwise the contents are Gem Mint.The case has some very light wear on the corners and a small tear by the latch. The overall grade would be Excellent to Mint!
Mint-in-Box 1955 Complete "Dragnet" Crime Lab Set by Transogram
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