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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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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GREAT GRAAAPHICS!!! The Electric Company, 1972

The 1971-1977 PBS production, The Electric Company, could be described as Laugh-In meets Sesame Street.  Aimed at grade school children, the show exemplified the 70’s subculture, and featured sketches and music, sometimes with a dark, deviant adult wink.  The graphics and blackouts for the show exploited the hallucinogenic tone of the “flower children” of the […]

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ICON RESTORATION: The Singing Lady, Irene Wicker

Irene Wicker was a pioneer of children’s programming on radio. Her show, Kellogg’s Singing Lady featured more story-telling than singing. Children also adored her singing voice, and her radio show was essential childhood listening of the 1930’s. Her songbooks were marketed on boxes of Kellogg’s cereals, often featuring her own adaptations of classics, including Charles […]

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