Thursday, November 4, 2010

Kitchen Pictures, Pt. 2

Thanks to the keen eyes and sharp memories of a few readers, one question has been answered regarding the pictures hanging in the kitchen. Looking back at the very first episode (one which I hadn't seen in quite some time), sure enough Mister Rogers goes to his "map" to show viewers the way to Mrs. Russelite's house.

 
Now if someone can just point me in the right direction with this third picture with the yellow border, we can put this curiosity to rest...

3 comments:

Scott said...

Thanks for blowing up the picture. Looks like the picture depicts just some random neigbhorhood scene, not attached to a particular model. It's just a drawing of buildings and not a drawing of the model.

Aaron Schuelke said...

This photo is definitely what was either used as a guide to craft the first "model neighborhood" or is a drawing of it. If you look at the "blown up" version of it, there's a group of three buildings in the foreground (toward the bottom right of the picture). If you look at the street that's directly behind those, you'll see the familiar three-building group of Brockett's Bakery, Negri's Music Shop, and Betty's Little Theater.

Another comment was that the picture changed when Fred painted his house blue. Incidentally, this was also when the model neighborhood was changed to the more recent version, utilizing plastic kits made by companies such as Bachmann, Revell, Jouef, etc.

So, that picture with the yellow border is that of the model neighborhood as it looked in 1973. Why the photo reverted back in 1979 is anybody's guess.

Anonymous said...

I can again provide some clarity here..if you look back to the first thread about the kitchen pictures, and examine the screenshot from episode 1446, you can see what the picture to the right of the fridge with the yellow border shows. Look closely, you can vaguely make out the familiar Neighborhood buildings and scene that we see in the opening & closing credits. This particular picture shows the building set as it started appearing in episode 1326, when Fred also painted his house blue. You can almost make out the outline of the familiar red appartment building with the slanted roof at the end of the wide road that the camera always followed in the opening/closing credits. Therefore, the reason this picture, with the yellow border appeared in 1326 was to reflect the updated street model shots as shown in the intro and closing credits. As to why they removed this picture in 1979, not sure, but I sure would like to get my hands on it! lol. Hope this helps!