In the 1940s, a company named Tim Publications, Inc. printed a series of activity books as promotion for their boys clothing line carried in department stores. I featured a rare Superman-Tim envelope previously. Here’s another Superman-Tim promotional item called a redback, which was a promotional kind of currency with Superman’s picture. Redbacks could be collected and redeemed, though I’m not really sure for what. One site I found suggested they were redeemed for pennies. However, Harry Matetsky’s amazing book Adventures in Superman Collecting says they could be redeemed for discounts on clothing and shoes.
Frankly, I’d rather have the redbacks!
These 2-1/2″ high by 5-1/2″ wide redbacks and were printed in red ink on two sides on relatively lightweight paper. Both sides feature pictures of Superman and his pal Tim, and were issued in denominations of 1, 5, and 10. Other redback versions had only Tim on the artwork.
These are relatively inexpensive and not too difficult to find for Golden Age Superman collectibles, so there’s really no reason not to own a set if you want one.
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