Playhouse Without a Puppet, December 27, 1947

  In the winter of 1947, television history was made, thanks to a blizzard and production mishap. The television schedule was still sparse, consisting of a quiz show, a western movie, three hours of sports, a newsreel, and not much more. The few homes, businesses, and bars with television were lucky to get even 2 […]

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Great Iconography! Schoolhouse Rock!

There are many people today, upon hearing someone speak of the Boston Tea Party, immediately visualize a giant, animated cup filled with tea, setting on a saucer, floating around the Boston Harbor! Schoolhouse Rock!, the brainchild of jazz musician and Miles Davis sideman, Bob Dorough, offered up three minute blocks of educational animation with some […]

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ICONIC COLLECTIBLES! Vintage TV-Themed Lunch Boxes

Launched in the early 1950’s, TV-themed lunch boxes trickled slowly into school lunchrooms for a few years. Early boxes featured Tom Corbett – Space Cadet, Howdy Doody, Disney, Roy Rogers, and Hopalong Cassidy. By the 1960’s, however, going to school carrying your lunch AND your favorite TV show in the same hand was exceptionally cool. […]

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Sesame Street, “Green,” March 10, 1970

(Sponsored by the letters G, O, Z, and the numbers 4 & 5) Without argument, Kermit the Frog’s “Green,” later retitled “Being Green,” is the most significant and successful song written for children and children’s television programming in the history of recorded music and broadcasting. Premiering at the end of the show’s first, wildly successful […]

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Kukla, Fran, and Ollie – The Color Show, August 30, 1953

RCA, the parent company to NBC, needed the perfect show to launch their new NTSC (a branch of the FCC) approved color system. Certainly, hits like Dragnet, Milton Berle’s Texaco Star Theater, or Your Show of Shows could provide colorful excitement to the medium.  RCA, however, believed Kukla, Fran, and Ollie provided every element needed for an experimental tryout […]

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