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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A little more about the changes.

I'll be back with regular updates to the Neighborhood Archive by this weekend but wanted to chime in quickly with a few comments about the recent changes around here. For those of you who are nto aware of the changes, take a quick listen to the most recent podcast (Episode 004) for details.

First, let me point out one inaccuracy in the information I presented in the podcast. I had mentioned that the use of tools such as Google Reader to receive updates will no longer be an option; however, this is not the case. While the blog will be used in a slightly different capactiy than it has been up to this point, it will still be used. The new URL (http://www.neighborhoodarchive.com/blog) can be cut and pasted into your readers just like any other blog. I have tested this and it works perfectly.

Next, let me clarify my vision for the future of the Neighborhood Archive Blog. My intent is not to eliminate the blog -- it is simply to use it in a slightly different capacity. The blog will still be used regularly with the only major differences being the new location and the fact that I will no longer be posting daily links to Neighborhood Archive updates. A list of recent additions to the Archive will continue to be found on the main page of the Neighborhood Archive. So please do not misunderstand my intentions here. The blog will continue exactly as it has -- just without the daily links to Archive additions.

Finally, let me strongly encourage you to create an account on the Neighborhood Archive Forum (Message Board). While blog comments are certainly welcome as always, the message board will be the hub of conversation and discussion of "all things Mister Rogers." The more people who are involved, the more interesting and enjoyable the discussions will become. So please join in and add to the discussions any time you'd like!

I'll be back with new updates in a few days...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Podcast #4 - BIG Changes!



There have been some big changes at the Neighborhood Archive! Take a listen as Tim quickly goes through the changes and the reasons behind them...



or listen to this episode here in your web browser.


If you don't have the means to listen, here's a summary:

  1. Blog? Moving. (www.NeighborhoodArchive.com/blog)

  2. Message board? Added. (www.NeighborhoodArchive.com/forum)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Be back soon.

After a long stretch of daily posts here on the Neighborhood Archive Blog, I will be taking the next week off to attend to some technical maintenance on the blog and website. During the next week, you may see some missing images and dead links on the blog and the website as I make some changes and adjustments.

Thanks for keeping up with the Neighborhood Archive. Be back in a week!

Episode 1625 - Fathers and Music

Original Air Date: August 3, 1990

  
For details on Episode 1625, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Episode 1624 - Fathers and Music

Original Air Date: August 2, 1990

  
For details on Episode 1624, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Episode 1623 - Fathers and Music

Original Air Date: August 1, 1990

  
For details on Episode 1623, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Going to School [2005]

Here's another of the 2005 DVD/VHS releases -- Going to School.

 
For details on Going to School, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Monday, May 23, 2011

A Day at the Circus [2005]

In 2005, a series of Neighborhood videos were released on VHS and DVD format. Here's a look at one of those titles -- A Day at the Circus.

 
For details on A Day at the Circus, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Episode 1622 - Fathers and Music

Original Air Date: July 31, 1990

  
For details on Episode 1622, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Episode 1621 - Fathers and Music

Original Air Date: July 30, 1990

  
For details on Episode 1621, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Sweater Colors

Prepare yourself for one of the more ridiculous posts you'll see here on the Neighborhood Archive.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who's ever been curious, but I'm guessing that I'm one of the few people (if not the only person) to ever sit down and figure this out.

Have you ever wondered how often Mister Rogers wore his various sweaters?

C'mon. You know you have.

Below you'll find a chart of the modern episodes, coded to show what color Mister Rogers' sweater was on that particular episode.


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A few notes:

1. It's obvious that some sweaters were worn out and replaced over the years. This is not intended to specify actual sweaters but rather sweater color.

2. I find it interesting that a red sweater was worn during an episode in 1979 and not again until 1987.

3. Fred Rogers apparently got some new sweaters around the time of Episodes 1636-1640. These darker colored sweaters were only worn during this week but hold no special significance.

4. The episodes marked in white are episodes where Mister Rogers did not change into a sweater. In one of these he changes into a protective overcoat, in another he keeps his sports coat on, an in the other he changes into a vest.

Any thoughts?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Episode 1615 - When Parents Go To Work

Original Air Date: November 24, 1989

  
For details on Episode 1615, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Episode 1614 - When Parents Go To Work

Original Air Date: November 23, 1989

  
For details on Episode 1614, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Episode 1613 - When Parents Go To Work

Original Air Date: November 22, 1989

  
For details on Episode 1613, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Episode 1612 - When Parents Go To Work

Original Air Date: November 21, 1989

  
For details on Episode 1612, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Episode 1611 - When Parents Go To Work

Original Air Date: November 20, 1989

  
For details on Episode 1611, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Podcast #3 - Tomorrow on the Children's Corner

It's been a while but the Podcast is back with Episode #3 where Tim takes a look at the 1950s LP Tomorrow on the Children's Corner.

Subscribe to the Neighborhood Archive Podcast or listen to this episode through iTunes...

or listen to this episode here in your web browser...

Comments and suggestions about the podcast are welcomed!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Puppets, puppets, puppets.

A few days ago, I was able to wrestle a handful of toys away from my kids long enough to take some pictures and add them to the Archive site.

While a few are seen above, details about these and others can be found by going to the Merchandise page of the Neighborhood Archive.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Pencil Play Book [1974]

 
The Pencil Play Book includes over sixty pages of wonderfully creative activities for children. The back cover of the book reads:
This is one of a series of products developed in cooperation with Fred M. Rogers, creator of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," the award-winning public television program for children. Both the program and the materials based on it encourage children to be themselves, to imagine, to create, to cope with feelings and new ideas -- and through all these things, to learn and to grow. 
For quiet times, when space and attention span may both be limited, a book of pencil-and-paper activities provides a wide choice of things to do. The special feature of this book is that it gives options for children to do each activity in the way that they would like to do them. Most of the activities are for children between the ages of 4 and 6.
Of all of the Mister Rogers activity books that have been published throughout the years, this is probably the one I would recommend the most for those of you with children. This book is a little more difficult to find than some of the more recent books and may cost you a bit more (I paid about eight bucks on eBay -- a little more than the original 39 cent cover price), but if you're looking for some Mister Rogers related activities to do with your kids, this book is packed with a wide variety of fun (yet simple) things to do.

Hard to believe this book is almost 40 years old! For all of the fun details about the Pencil Play Book, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Episode 1070 [1970]

Original Air Date: February 6, 1970

  
For details on Episode 1070, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Episode 1183 [1971]

Original Air Date: April 28, 1971

  
For details on Episode 1183, visit the Neighborhood Archive.