1939 “The Shadow” Secret Society Glow in the Dark Button


I am not too knowledgeable about the history of “glow in the dark” technology. I guess I kind of assumed it was a post atomic age tech, but this “The Shadow” buttons from Hake’s shows the ability to make things light up in the dark was alive and well in the late 1930s (courtesy of your Blue Coal dealer).

What is amazing is that after 70+ years, this premium still glows in the dark.

4 Responses to 1939 “The Shadow” Secret Society Glow in the Dark Button

  1. VicSage says:

    If I could somehow get my hands on this beauty, I would wear it under my Lapel…only revealing it to fellow agents of the Shadow! :)

  2. The Retroist says:

    Or to strike fear into the hearts of the enemies of The Shadow?

  3. Techsean says:

    I would be wondering it that glow is from Radium. So you might have something radioactive. it was used pretty often on watches and other things back in that time.

  4. The Retroist says:

    So I guess my followup questions is, “What sort of mutant super powers can I expect from wearing this pin?” Would you describe my powerset at “powerful” or “very powerful”?

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