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HOVER-BOYS OF AMERICA MEMBERSHIP CARD
(1947)

"Know the Enemy!"

Thanks so much to Peter Adams who sent in his vintage membership card for the HOVER-BOYS OF AMERICA club! Peter writes:

Marcus, have you ever seen one of these? It's my member card for the official Hoverboy fan club. I sent away for this in late 1947. I remember it distincly because to get one cost 4 bucks! This was when you could by comics for 10 cents! The add in the book claimed that along with your membership you got the member card, and an official Hoverboy belt. I saved for months, and even stole some money from my Mom. After an agonizing couple of months a thin envelope showed up with this flimsy paper card inside. No belt. No nothing. What a rip off! Then my parents found out how much I'd spent on it and I was given a "belting" from my dad (oh, the irony...). The memory of that whipping has kept this childhood purchase fresh in my mind for 50 years.

Sometimes the past really does hurt! Either Peter got in on the ground floor of the Hover-Boys of America, or their were pretty few members, as denoted by his membership number 96. Not surprising, as I imagine few kids could have afforded a 4 dollar premium in 1947.

Upon close inspection, the text around the Hoverboy seal reads,

KNOW THE ENEMY

THE ENEMY IS EVERYWERE

THEY WONT BE LIKE YOU

Uh... I hate to read into that too much, but when you combine that slogan with the image... Is Hoverboy waving to his fans, or....?

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