JOHN DILLINGER "PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE" TRIBUTE THOMPSON
Few people were more controversial during the first half of the 1930s than John Dillinger. To law enforcement, he was a dangerous criminal that had to be stopped at all costs. To everyday Americans suffering the Great Depression, he was an anti-establishment hero.
For more than a year, he emptied banks throughout the Midwest, and each job made him more notorious and even more popular. John Dillinger joined a list of criminal celebrities that included Bonnie and Clyde, “Ma” Barker, “Machine Gun” Kelly and “Pretty Boy” Floyd, but the man known as the wisecracking Gentleman Bandit, was always at the top of that list of controversial gangsters of the era.
It was also during this period that the F.B.I. came to prominence. And the history of this era is responsible for much of the lore and legend we associate with them as an organization, along with the key figures who pitted themselves against the gangsters of the day. Newsmen and biographers have memorialized them, Hollywood has glamorized them, and Americans have marked them as the legends of this turbulent time.
Now America Remembers is pleased to announce an exciting new Tribute featuring this controversial and unforgettable icon of 20th Century America: The John Dillinger “Public Enemy Number One” Tribute Thompson. This Tribute is being issued exclusively through America Remembers and is authorized and licensed by Dillinger, LLC, a company owned by a Dillinger family member. In order to capture the legendary exploits of Dillinger and his Depression-era gangsters, we selected the perfect firearm to represent this turbulent time in American history: the Thompson submachine gun.
Each John Dillinger Tribute is a working Thompson Semi-Automatic submachine gun in caliber .45 ACP with the round drum magazine. In thrilling detail, this handsome Tribute chronicles the tale of 1934’s “Public Enemy Number One.” Craftsmen commissioned specifically for this project by America Remembers decorate each working Thompson in stunning 24-karat gold and nickel with a blackened patinaed background to highlight the details of the artwork.
The Gun that
Made the Twenties Roar
Only 500 Available
The “Gangster Era” is long gone, but the thrills and exploits of John Dillinger and other gangsters will be remembered forever. This historical Tribute magnificently captures the drama and excitement of the Gangster Era, when gangsters ruled and law enforcement rose to the challenge, eliminating the many Public Enemies and restoring law and order to the streets of America. Now is your opportunity to preserve this exciting era and the lawmen and outlaws who made their mark on history with the Thompson submachine gun.
Right side features officers escorting Dillinger from the plane to jail. Also featured is a depiction of a popular newspaper headline of the day, proclaiming, “John Dillinger, Public Enemy Number One!” Featured in the center is a detailed panorama of a typical Midwestern town where Dillinger and his gang would rob banks. A gunman provides cover with his Thompson while his accomplice rushes to the getaway car. The final depiction on the right is a version of the well-known photograph of Dillinger at his parents’ farm house, posing with his trusted Tommy Gun and the infamous wooden pistol he used in his escape from the Crown Point jail.
Left side features an illustration of two officers escorting Dillinger to prison following his extradition flight from Tucson to Indiana. Also featured is the text from a poster that proclaimed: “Get Dillinger! $15,000 Reward.” The Justice Department offered the reward after declaring Dillinger “Public Enemy Number One.” Featured in the center is a scaled-down illustration of the Wanted poster showing that the infamous bank robber was wanted in five states. The final illustration on the left is a close-up of John Dillinger, the Gentleman Bandit.
John Dillinger is a licensed trademark and Dillinger, LLC, is the licensing entity for any and all Dillinger items. (For further information or interest in licensing matters please contact Amy Wright at (317) 713-3500.)
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