THE MILTON BERLE SHOW: Uncle Milton Bows Out With a BANG, June 6, 1956

After an amazing run in television, Milton Berle had persevered in several formats over 8 seasons and 336 hour long episodes. In 1956,  no other show nor star had enjoyed a longer television run. The broadcast of June 6, 1956 was significant for several reasons. For one, it was the final broadcast of The Milton […]

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ICONIC COLLECTIBLES! Captain Kangaroo Pets, Joey Stivic Doll, The Jetsons

Hasbro’s 1956 issue Kitten Head; Bushy Bear; Dinkey Donkey; Piggly Wiggly; and many others. Worth several hundred dollars today. ICONIC COLLECTIBLES: ALL IN THE FAMILY, JOEY STIVIC DOLL, 1976 In 1976, All In the Family created a marketing controversy with the release of IDEAL’s Joey Stivic doll. An adorable little doll while dressed, but parents […]

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Producer’s Showcase, March 7, 1955

NBC chief Pat Weaver called them Spectaculars! These were lavish, big budget specials from the 1950s. Most were broadcast live and in color, and associated with select producers. Broadway star Mary Martin had just won her 4th Tony award, and Weaver spared no expense mounting Peter Pan. The Washington Post predicted it “to be the TV accomplishment […]

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Requiem for a Heavyweight, October 11, 1956

Requiem for a Heavyweight was the high water mark for television’s golden age, and the second episode for the classic live anthology show,Playhouse 90. Rod Serling’s teleplay recieved endless accolades from the entertainment industry, and arguably, no other television production in history has garnered as much high praise. The telecast featured Jack Palance as a washed […]

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Icon Preservation: The NBC Peacock Logo First aired 1956 and December 1957

The single greatest example of branding in television history, the NBC Peacock first premiered in 1956. It was the creation of graphic designer John J. Graham. It came to represent NBC as the “Peacock Network” with the slogan Proud as a Peacock and was introduced to signify the networks significant work toward the popularity of […]

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