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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 fan mail.

Man from U.N.C.L.E. ID Card

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 ID cards.

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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