Hitlers Butt Still Being Pinned With Novelty Pin Cushion

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   (2012-06-27 00:00:00)

London: The Novelty Hitler pin cushion, which was made by Johnson Smith and Co's in 1940's, is still popular with people and is has become worth hundreds of dollars today.

With his hands between his knees and bent forward, the 4.5in high figurine from the early 1940s saw the Fuhrer's buttocks covered in a brown tufted fabric - a perfect place to "stick it" to his Axis of Evil, the Daily Mail reported.

According to Johnson Smith and Co's Mammoth Catalog Of 5,000 Novelties, President Roosevelt is said to have found it so funny that he had one on his desk.

"It's a safe place to store pins and needles... and will probably be the only useful thing Adolf Shickelgruber [his father's original surname] did," the Daily mail quoted the novelty mail order company's blurb as reading.

During the war, the figurines could be bought for 69 cents, from the company - or 1.49 dollar from the Stick A Pin In Hitler Club - but some are now worth hundreds of dollars.

An increasing number of this item have gone to auction in recent years as cash-strapped owners seem more willing to part with their memorabilia as the US economy languishes in the doldrums.

While one of them, from 1941, sold for 430 dollar in 2006 at Hake's Americana Collectibles in York, Pennsylvania, another is up for sale on eBay, where the bidding currently stands at 48 dollars.

Some of the figurines, fixed to a 1.5in base, come with a copy of the Hotzi Notzi tag which reads, "It is good luck to find a pin, here's an axis to stick it in!"

And just to avoid any confusion, it even comes with a warning that it is "not endorsed by Hitler" so it's not an officially sanctioned product.