August 11, 2008

Frankenstein Monster Ring

A Frankenstein Monster appears on one of five Monster Rings that went for 75 cents, postage and handling included, from Famous Monsters of Filmland’s in-house mail order outfit, Captain Company, in the Sixties.

The “secret flicker design” sounds like a simple lenticular effect using a clear, ribbed plastic cover that allowed you to see one of two different images at a time. Move your finger, the image changes. These were also called “flasher rings”. You could see a baseball player swinging a bat, or Moe of The Three Stooges making a funny face.

I wish I’d sent away from these plastic novelty items. I was utterly fascinated by these simple, stark graphics, but the set was too expensive. You could buy two issues of FM for 75 cents, and even have enough left over for some candy.

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mordicai said...

You probably made the right call-- as much as I agree that the images are AWESOME, the junky rings would have ruined the illusion!

Tenebrous Kate said...

*gasp* Some savvy jeweler needs to make sterling reproductions of these STAT. I know I'd pony up for a set, at any rate!