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Rare 1950s Official Tom Corbett Space Cadet Character Interplanetary Space Wrist Compass
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The pictures show front and back views of this Rare 1950s Official Tom Corbett Space Cadet Character Interplanetary Space Wrist Compass. Originally this wrist compass was sold on a card picturing Tom Corbett waving. The card is also marked '' ROCKHILL RADIO''.

The center silver plastic compass section features Tom Corbett at the top and two spaceships or rockets, and a planet at the bottom. The wrist band is imprinted vinyl and it features ringed planets (Saturn ?), rockets or spaceships. The working compass and the band are both marked as follows:

PAT. PEND. (on the back of the compass)

The compass with the band measures about 6-1/2'' x 2''. It appears to be in mint condition as pictured, however, the vinyl band stiff and it is currently in the position that it is pictured. It may be straightened with some warm heat, like from a hair dryer, or warm water, but we will leave that up to the buyer to decide. We do not want to mess with it and possibly risk breaking it by accident.

Below here, or reference, is some additional information about Tom Corbett Space Cadet:

Tom Corbett, Space Cadet
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Frankie Thomas as Tom Corbett.
Author: Carey Rockwell
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: Science fiction novel
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Publication date: 1952

Tom Corbett is the main character in a series of Tom Corbett Space Cadet stories that were depicted in television, radio, books, comic books, comic strips, coloring books, punch out books and View Master reels in the 1950s. The stories followed the adventures of Tom Corbett, Astro, and Roger Manning, cadets at the Space Academy as they train to become members of the elite Solar Guard. The action takes place at the Academy in classrooms and bunkrooms, aboard their training ship the rocket cruiser Polaris, and on alien worlds, both within our solar system and in orbit around nearby stars.

Scientific accuracy
The science of the Tom Corbett universe was, in hindsight, wrong in many places. Mars was portrayed a desert, Venus was a steaming jungle, and the asteroid belt was a haunt of space pirates. Still, in those days long before space probes, the conventional wisdom was that, for example, Venus was a steaming jungle. Nevertheless, Tom Corbett Space Cadet was the most scientifically accurate series then on television, partly due to its science advisor, Willy Ley, and later because Frankie Thomas took an interest in astronomy.

Joseph Lawrence Greene of Grosset & Dunlap developed Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, inspired by the Robert A. Heinlein novel Space Cadet (1948) but based on his own prior work. Greene had submitted a radio script for ''Tom Ranger'' and the ''Space Cadets'' on January 16, 1946, but it remained unperformed when Heinlein's novel was published. Greene then reworked his radio script into a script for a daily newspaper adventure strip, which was never produced.

TV is the medium where Tom Corbett first appeared. The stories initially closely followed the scripts written for the unpublished newspaper comic strip Tom Ranger, Space Cadet, by Joseph Greene from 1949. The series aired, in different years, on all four major television networks: on CBS from October 2 to December 1950, ABC from January 1951 to September 1952, NBC from July to September 1951, DuMont from August 1953 to May 1954, and on NBC again from December 1954 to June 1955, with the final broadcast on June 25, 1955.

Tom Corbett - Frankie Thomas, Jr.
Astro - Al Markim
Roger Manning - Jan Merlin
Captain Steve Strong - Edward Bryce
Dr. Joan Dale - Margaret Garland
Commander Arkwright - Carter Blake
Cadet Alfie Higgins - John Fiedler
Cadet Eric Rattison - Frank Sutton
Cadet T. J. Thistle - Jack Grimes
Michael Harvey played Captain Strong for the first six episodes of the CBS series; Pat Ferris played Dr. Dale for two episodes of the DuMont series
Technical Advisor - Willy Ley
Writers: Albert Aley, Stu Byrnes, Frankie Thomas, Jr., Ray Morse, Jack Weinstock, Willy Gilbert, Alfred Bester & others.

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Rare 1950s Official Tom Corbett Space Cadet Character Interplanetary Space Wrist Compass Rare 1950s Official Tom Corbett Space Cadet Character Interplanetary Space Wrist Compass

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