Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Trolley Pictures

Hundreds of times we've seen Mister Rogers open his closet door and either change into or out of his sweater for a daily visit with his television neighbors. Over the course of these visits, I'm sure your eyes have occasionally wandered to the decor of his house -- the curtains, the painting inside the front door, the trolley pictures framed by the closet...

Recently, Neighborhood Archive pal Guy Hutchinson and his sharp eye have done it again and he's helped me get my hands on what appear to be the same trolley prints framed in Mister Rogers house. You know the ones I'm talking about.

 

In the early 1950's, a series of trolley prints were produced by the New York company Autoprints. The set of prints included eight images -- "Color Prints of Early American Trolley Cars." Autoprints also produced a similar set at this time featuring prints of train engines.


You'll quickly recognize that four images from this Autoprints set were framed and hung beside Mister Rogers' closet for years. For the record, I'm positive about two of the four images (the middle two), fairly certain of a third (the top one), and about 50/50 on the fourth (the bottom image). Look for yourself...





Here's a little closer look at the prints if you're interested.


Now if I could just find some of that curtain fabric...