Kevin Dixon, second from right, with the cast of the Collectors, during shooting in Tasmania in April.
Kevin Dixon, second from right, with the cast of the Collectors, during shooting in Tasmania in April.

Rin Tin Tin collection on ABC show

IN just three years, Grafton maths teacher, science fiction buff and wildlife photographer Kevin Dixon has compiled a world-class collection of memorabilia from the 1950s TV show The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin.

The collection is so good it has attracted the attention of the producers of the ABC television show, The Collectors, which will screen a segment featuring Kevin and his collection on Friday night.

He said the inspiration for creating the collection came from reminiscing with his brother, Roger, about the TV shows they watched as children.

“I didn’t really have a collection, so I set about creating one of mementos from the Rin Tin Tin series,” he said.

The collection, which started out on a small scale with purchases on eBay, took off when a New York collector put the original artwork from three Golden Books on the market.

“Getting that original artwork has made this collection world class,” Kevin said.

Set in the frontier outpost of Fort Apache, the Rin Tin Tin series, from 1954 to 1959, followed the adventures of the boy trooper Rusty, played by Lee Aaker, Lieutenant Rip Masters (James Brown), Sergeant Biff O’Hara (Joe Sawyer) and Corporal Boone (Rand Brooks) and their faithful mascot Rin Tin Tin.

“It was more a Boys’ Own story with the cavalry and Indian fighting than family shows like Lassie,” Kevin said.

The original Rin Tin Tin was a dog rescued by American soldier Lee Duncan in World War I.

He was credited as being the dog that saved Warner Brothers when he became a popular star of their features in the 1920s.

Three generations later Rin Tin Tin four was a star again and his bloodline is still going strong in the entertainment industry. Kevin’s segment on The Collectors will screen at 8pm.



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