The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ID Cards - The
U.N.C.L.E. identification card was created as a gimmick to promote
the spy show THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E./NBC/1964-68 to television
reviewers and advertisers, as well as being sent out in response to
The gold cards (sometimes blue) displayed the U.N.C.L.E. logo
that consisted of a silhouetted globe surrounded by concentric
circles, flanked by a man in suit and tie holding a gun in his right
hand. Both images rested on a horizontal bar atop the letters "U.N.C.L.E."
which appeared in Three-Dimensional raised lettering.
Reportedly, while visiting with Vice President Hubert Humphrey in
Minneapolis, a secret service agent supposedly asked Robert Vaughn
(who played U.N.C.L.E. agent Napoleon Solo) for one of the coveted
And there was a story about an MGM press agent who presented his
U.N.C.LE. card to an LAPD officer and was spared a ticket because
the officer thought the man actually was a spy. In England alone
over 200,000 cards were distributed when the series premiered.
In addition to the U.N.C.L.E. card, the MGM studios began
releasing (initially given as a joke to cast and crew) a T.H.R.U.S.H.
card with the slogan "What evil thing have you done today? on the
front of the card and a symbol of the T.H.R.U.S.H., (an enraged
bird) on the reverse side.
When the T.H.R.U.S.H. cards began showing up in England, they so
outraged the mothers of the United Kingdom (who complained to the
Parliament) that the cards were soon removed from distribution.
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