Home Shopping Network Tootie Pin

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Submitted by jack December 30th, 2009
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Back in the 80s my mother loved the Home Shopping Network, and she ordered many items from it over the years. I don’t know if they still do it or not, but back then when somebody got on the air they would give a toot on a bicycle horn to thank them. That horn was named Tootie and was the Home Shopping Network’s mascot.

As for the exact origin of this pin I am not entirely sure. My mother was given the offer to be on the air one time, and I can’t recall if this was something they sent her because of that or if it was offered for sale on the channel. Unfortunately it is now too late for me to find out from her how she came to possess it. Regardless, I know she gave it to me and for that I treasure it even more.

If anybody can tell me whether this was something that was sold or a prize given out by the network I would be curious to know though.

One Response to “Home Shopping Network Tootie Pin”

  1. Allee Willis

    Allee Willis

    There’s no quicker home study course to learn about contemporary Kitsch than the Home Shopping Network, both past and present. The “give a toot” aspect of the network is one of my favorite things about it, adding an extra slice of Velveeta to an already penthouse size processed cheese wheel.

    Beyond the oftentimes cheesy products, minimalist sets and on air bland-meets-sparkling-personality hosts, my favorite thing is the gleeful conversations between shoppers and hosts re the supreme privilege of contributing to the HSN coffers, especially when accompanied by a “toot” request.

    I don’t know if this toot pin was sold or given out as a prize. Either way, it’s quite a Kitsch treasure.