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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0101

Original Air Date: July 8, 1968

  

Mister Rogers mentions that he has never been able to whistle and shares a collection of whistles he has brought with him. After he demonstrates the various styles of whistles, Mister Rogers sings What Would You Like To Do Today.

Mr. McFeely stops by with a slide whistle. Mister Rogers invites him inside and plays the whistle while Mr. McFeely sings One and One are Two.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Mr. Anybody is a whistler. He stops by the clock where Daniel Striped Tiger asks him to demonstrate marching whistling and sleeping whistling. Daniel remembers being whistled to sleep by his mother when he was younger. Mr. Anybody sings I Like You As You Are before trying out several kinds of whistles with Daniel.

Stopping by the Museum-Go-Round, Mr. Anybody asks Mrs. Frogg if she has an extra whistle that he might give tot he Trolley. She is able to provide him with a trolley whistle as well as a kerchief to clean the whistles between uses. At the tree, X the Owl and Henrietta Pussycat take turns trying the trolley whistle before Mr. Anybody gives it to the Neighborhood Trolley.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers cleans all of the whistles he brought with him as he sings You Are Special.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

More Webster "Cameos"

It's one thing to be mentioned on a particular television show once or twice...but four times in one season? This is the current running total of times that Mister Rogers is mentioned in the first season of the 80's sitcom Webster. (Okay, to be fair, one of the mentions comes from Season 2).


As Archive friend Guy Hutchinson has been enjoying a look back at Webster, he's recently found two more Mister Rogers references to add to the previous two he's noted.

Take a look at all four on the Neighborhood Archive and decide for yourself -- coincidence or was someone on the show a fan of the Neighborhood?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0100

Original Air Date: July 5, 1968

  

Mister Rogers has borrowed a grocer's scale from the Neighborhood grocery store and shows how to weigh produce. After weighing several pieces of fruit, he also weighs a glass of water and shows how it weighs more by adding more water.

Mr. McFeely stops by with a scale used in a doctor's office to weigh people. He and Mister Rogers each take a turn checking each other's weight and height. After Mr. McFeely leaves, Mister Rogers talks about other instruments used by a doctor and sings I Like To Be Told.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Nurse Miller is giving physical examinations and reports her the results to Dr. Frogg. Lady Elaine Fairchilde is a bit nervous about her check-up and hides from Nurse Miller. At the castle, an examination of Sara Saturday and King Friday XIII shows that they are both in good health despite having gained a bit of weight.

Using her boomerang, Lady Elaine turns the King upside down -- upsetting others because she, herself, is upset. Although it takes some convincing, Lady Elaine finally agrees to be weighed and measured as Nurse Miller sings I'm Taking Care of You. After the exam, Lady Elaine feels bad about turning the King upside down and temporarily does the same to herself.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers sings I'm Taking Care of You.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0100 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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Monday, November 26, 2012

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0099

Original Air Date: July 4, 1968

  

Mister Rogers washes dishes in the kitchen using a scrubber that he brought with him and the sample of dish detergent he received from Mr. McFeely. As he washes some glasses, he sings One and One are Two. Picture Picture shows a film about dishes being washed in a large restaurant.

Mr. Barker stops by on his way to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe and shows Mister Rogers how to play the bagpipes. After Mister Rogers realizes how difficult the bagpipes can be to play, Mr. Barker demonstrates this unique instrument for him before heading off to play at the castle.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Mr. Anybody is a Scotsman with a Scottish terrier named Mac. He stops by the tree where X the Owl and Henrietta Pussycat are thankful for the stones left for them the previous day. Initially, Henrietta is afraid of Mac but quickly warms up to the friendly dog.

Inside the castle, Mr. Barker is playing the bagpipes for King Friday and Sara Saturday. After a larger group of pipers and dancers perform, Mr. Anybody also performs for the King by singing a traditional Scottish verse -- Ye Banks O' Doon.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers is talking about the importance of practice when Mac finds his way back to the house. Mister Rogers spends some time playing with the dog before Mr. Anybody returns.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0099 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0098

Original Air Date: July 3, 1968

  

Mister Rogers talks about the many kinds of trees that he saw as he was walking to the house. With him he has brought a collection of stones which he takes to a machine set up in the kitchen. All of these things have been borrowed from the Farnhams who work as lapidaries -- artists who work with stone. Looking at several kinds of stones, Mister Rogers sings You Are Special.

Mr. Frank Farnham and his and his daughter Cindy arrive to demonstrate the machine set up in the kitchen. As Mister Rogers watches, they show how stones are cut and polished.

Just as the Farnhams leave, Mr. Anybody returns after a long absence from the Neighborhood. He sings Who Shall I Be Today and decides that he will be a stone salesman. Leaving to see the Farnhams, Mr. Anybody hopes to get some stones to take to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, everyone is happy with the return of Mr. Anybody. Stopping first at the clock and the Museum-Go-Round, Mr. Anybody gives stones to Daniel Striped Tiger and Mrs. Frogg. After leaving some stones at the tree as a surprise for X the Owl and Henrietta Pussycat who are away on a picnic, Mr. Anybody moves on to the castle.

King Friday XIII gives Sara Saturday her choice of stones offered by Mr. Anybody. When King Friday selects a stone for himself, Mr. Anybody offers to make them into rings -- similarly mounted, as suggested by the King. The rings are given to King Friday and Sara Saturday as Mr. Anybody mentions that he is back in the Neighborhood for an extended stay.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about small things that are precious -- stones and babies -- and suggests that the smallest things are sometimes the best. Meanwhile, Mr. McFeely has been to the kitchen to pick up the Farnhams' machinery.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0098 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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Friday, November 23, 2012

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood - Episode 116

Original Air Date: November 19, 2012
Titles: Be a Veggie Taster! / Daniel Tries a New Food

 

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0097

Original Air Date: July 2, 1968

  

Mister Rogers has several pairs of shoes which he has borrowed from people around the Neighborhood. He spends some time describing the shoes which vary in size and purpose. Some of the shoes he even tries on. Explaining that feet grow along with the rest of your body, Mister Rogers signs Everything Grows Together.

Handyman Negri stops by to let Mister Rogers know that Miss Paulificate has been tyring to call him on the telecan but has not been able to get through. Checking the traffic light, Handyman Negri finds that the light which notifies Mister Rogers of a call has burned out. After the light bulb is replaced, Handyman Negri is able to successfully connect Mister Rogers with Miss Paulificate who invites him to see some children dancing at the castle.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, King Friday observes as Norma Canner and several children dance and play inside the castle.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers sings Everybody's Fancy as he collects all of the shoes into a box to return to their owners.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0097 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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Thankful.

Episode 1365 from 1974 features a celebration of the Potato Harvest Festival at Someplace Else.


On this Thanksgiving Day, I'd like to share with you the words of Mister Rogers as he closes out this episode.
There's a special day each year called Thanksgiving and that's like a harvest festival. People giving thanks for what they have. Some people say their thanks and some people sing it. They might sing something like (sung to the tune of Tree Tree Tree): "Thank you, God, for food to eat / And families and friends to love / We love you, yes we do / Yes we do, we love you."
On this Thanksgiving Day, I am very thankful for so many things. Among this Neighborhood Archive community, I am thankful for you. Your support of this effort is invaluable and I am grateful for each and every person who visits this site.

As Fred Rogers reminded us to do quite often, take some time to think about what and who you are thankful for. Not just today -- but every day.

Thank you, God. For food to eat. And families and friends to love.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0096

Original Air Date: July 1, 1968

  

Mister Rogers arrives fully prepared for some household chores. Having moved the furniture and washed the floor already, he applies a fresh coat of wax to the kitchen floor as he sings I'd Like To Be Just Like Mom and Dad.

Mr. McFeely stops by with a free sample of liquid detergent which he explains can be used for both cleaning dishes and making bubbles.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Mr. McFeely continues distributing the liquid soap samples. At the clock, Lady Aberlin and Daniel Striped Tiger use the soap to blow bubbles as they talk about King Friday and Sara Saturday. Daniel recognizes that the King and Sara Saturday like each other very much and wonders if they will get married. Lady Aberlin sings You're Growing after she explains that this sort of news is something that people like to share themselves.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers moves the table and chairs back into the kitchen where the floor has dried. Sitting at the table, he enjoys some custard and milk as he talks about the many ways that children can help with household chores. Concluding for the day, Mister Rogers sings Parents Were Little Once Too.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0096 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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Monday, November 19, 2012

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0095

Original Air Date: June 28, 1968

  

Mister Rogers goes to the kitchen and uses flour and water to make a paste. Using the paste with colored paper and various other art supplies that he brought with him, Mister Rogers creates a picture of a flower as he sings Let's Be Together Today.

Handyman Negri stops by and joins Mister Rogers in the kitchen where he makes a collage of his own. As they work, Handyman Negri talks about the excitement in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe due to the presence of Sara Saturday. He mentions that King Friday is even redecorating a room for her in the castle.

In the Neighbohrood of Make-Believe, Handyman Negri stops by the Museum-Go-Round where he picks up a supply of wallpaper for the new room at the castle. Between the Museum and the castle, Handyman Negri stops to show the wallpaper to X the Owl and Henrietta Pussycat.

Inside the castle, Handyman Negri finds King Friday observing as Mr. Schwardron hangs wallpaper in the new room.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers cleans up his art supplies as he concludes for the week.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0095 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0094

Original Air Date: June 27, 1968

  

Mister Rogers arrives with a collection of flower drawing made by some young friends. After looking at the drawings, he shares an arrangement of real flowers put together by the Neighborhood florist, Mr. Lee.

Betty Aberlin -- dressed as a flower -- stops by and pantomimes the growth of a flower. As she is leaving, Mr. Lee arrives with an assortment of flowers for three occasions -- flowers for carrying, flowers for wearing, and flowers for arranging.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Daniel Striped Tiger watches as Lady Aberlin moves about like a flower in the breeze. Daniel has a (tame) tiger lilly to contribute to a flower arrangement for King Friday's special guest. Taking the flower Henreitta Pussycat to be added to the flower basket, Lady Aberlin sings I'm Taking Care of You. At the tree, Lady Aberlin works with Henrietta and X the Owl to arrange the flowers.

At the castle, King Friday introduces his special guest -- Sara Saturday. Lady Aberlin presents her with the arrangement of flowers and explains how it was an effort among several Neighbors.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers waters the flowers and plants in his house as he sings You're Growing.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0094 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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Saturday, November 17, 2012

What Do You Do With the Mad That You Feel (VHS)

I recently picked up a copy of the 1997 VHS release What Do You Do With the Mad That You Feel (not to be confused with the 2006 DVD release by the same name). The content of this video simply consists of Episode 1695. No special introduction or title screen -- just the episode.


What I'm most curious about with this video is the mention on the included guide for child care providers and teachers that this video is one in a series that includes five other titles: When Friends Fight, When Dinosaurs Seem Real, Hellos and Goodbyes, Going to the Doctor, and Caring for the Environment.

Now I've seen this particular video show up online several times in the past; however, I've never seen any of the other five.

Maybe they were never produced. Maybe they're just hard to come by.

If anyone has any details on these other titles from this series, I'm definitely curious.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0093

Original Air Date: June 26, 1968

  

Mister Rogers has been thinking about hands and fingers since his visit to the marionette theater and has brought with him a collection of finger paining supplies. With newspaper spread on the kitchen table, Mister Rogers creates several designs with finger paint. As he washes up, he talks about how there are times for being messy and times for being clean before he sings Sometimes People Are Good.

When Chef Brockett stops by, he sits at the kitchen table where he finger paints a self-portrait. After washing his hands, Chef Brockett takes Mister Rogers to the front room where they make finger puppets from paper. Before he leaves, Chef Brockett tells Mister Rogers that a special guest is expected in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Handyman Negri is dressed formally in preparation for the special guest's arrival. He and King Friday are the only people who know who the guest will be and King Friday assures Lady Aberlin that it will not be the "president of the moon." Lady Aberlin is instructed to keep Lady Elaine Fairchilde from upsetting anyone on this special day. As she goes to find Lady Elaine, Lady Aberlin sings a variation of Let's Be Together Today. After Lady Elaine is found at the Museum-Go-Round, she and Lady Aberline return to the castle to greet the guest.

At the castle, Lady Aberlin holds Lady Elaine's boomerang so it will not be used for mischief when the guest arrives. With everyone anxiously waiting to greet the special guest, King Friday announces that they will have to wait one more day to see who it is. Upset by the King's delay, Lady Aberlin (with the boomerang in hand) accidentally turns the Neighborhood upside down.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers cleans up the kitchen.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0093 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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Friday, November 16, 2012

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0092

Original Air Date: June 25, 1968

  

Mister Rogers steps out on the porch where there are two ducks -- George and Helen -- in a basket. Mr. McFeely has asked Mister Rogers to watch the ducks for a while. After a few moments, Mr. McFeely arrives with some water and bread for the ducks and also delivers an invitation to Mister Rogers. The invitation is from Mr. Clown and the Vagabond Marionettes requesting Mister Rogers' presence at their upcoming performance.

Mister Rogers prepares to attend the performance by changing into his coat and singing Let's Be Together Today.

At the Vagabond Theater, Mister Rogers is greeted by Mr. Clown who welcomes him to the performance of Rumpelstiltskin. As Mister Rogers takes a seat, the performance begins. Following the performance, Mister Rogers thanks the marionettes and the puppeteers for their fine production.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0092 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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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...

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0091

Original Air Date: June 24, 1968

  

Mister Rogers arrives with a piece of wood and a large handsaw. After describing the saw, he explains that such tools can be dangerous and should be used only by adults. After sawing the wood in two, Mister Rogers uses the pieces to finish a frame he has been making.

Looking at the teeth on the saw, Mister Rogers suggests that sometimes people feel like using their teeth for biting when they are angry. Reinforcing the fact that teeth are not for biting, he sings What Do You Do With the Mad That You Feel.

As Mister Rogers finishes the frame, Mr. McFeely stops by to borrow some nails for Handyman Negri who is working at the castle.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Handyman Negri is on his way to the castle where he is building a new balcony. Stopping by the tree on his way, he talks with X the Owl and Henrietta Pussycat about building with blocks when he was a child.

At the castle, Handyman Negri finds that Lady Elaine Fairchilde has helped herself to his tools. Mr. McFeely delivers the nails borrowed from Mister Rogers which allows Handyman Negri to continue his work on the balcony as Lady Elaine observes. When X the Owl arrives, Handyman Negri finds safe ways for he and Lady Elaine to help as they discuss ways that King Friday may use his new balcony. Lady Elaine suggests that he will use it as a place to watch her -- his "favorite clown" -- and sings The Clown in Me with X and Handyman Negri.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers takes out his record player and a copy of his Let's Be Together Today record. In the kitchen, he plays the portion of the record where he demonstrates various tool sounds.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0091 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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