Little Orphan Annie was one of the first hit radio shows for kids. They made thousands of these decoders due to the fan base, and while they are collectible they are not all that rare.



  • Fact 1: Little Orphan Annie was a daily comic strip that ran from 1924 to 2010, originally by Harold Gray.
  • Fact 2: The decoder ring originally cost two Ovaltine jar seals, sent through the mail.
  • Fact 3: Little Orphan Annie was adapted for the radio and played on WGN Chicago from 1930 to 1942. The radio adaptation was written by Ovaltine's ad agency staff.
  • Fact 4: The famous Broadway musical "Annie" was adapted from the comic strip.
  • Fact 5: The New York Daily News, and several other newspapers, featured Little Orphan Annie for the duration of the strip, from beginning to end.

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