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Saturday, October 02, 2010

Halloween Countdown 2010 Day 2: Dark Shadows Magic Slates

In 1969, Whitman produced two Magic Slates based on ABC's Dark Shadows gothic soap opera that sold for thirty-nine cents apiece. One clearly features Barnabas Collins while the other features the Collinwood mansion. In the 1990s, they were reproduced so well that "copy" was printed in red near the price to keep people from selling them as the originals. I have neither but I remember playing with a Batman Magic Slate when I was a boy in the 1970s (unfortunately, I never saved it or took a picture of it).
Dark Shadows Magic Slate 1969 with Barnabas Collins
Dark Shadows Magic Slate 1990s reproduction with Collinwood mansion

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