|THE NEIGHBORHOOD ARCHIVE - All Things Mister Rogers|
Playtime Puppet Theater
The Neighborhood of Make-Believe Playtime Puppet Theater was published in 1974 by Small World Enterprises and originally sold for the cover price of $1.29.
The back cover offers a description of this publication in an address to parents:
The images below show the details of the fold-out background complete with King Friday's castle, X and Henrietta's tree, Corney's factory, and Daniel's clock. Strangely absent from the scenery is the Museum Go-Round, although Lady Elaine Fairchilde is included among the puppets.
Daniel's clock comes in the form of a punch-out as does the Neighborhood Trolley.
The characters themselves are very similar to those found in the Mister Rogers storybooks published around this same time -- in fact, the illustrator may very well be the same person. As you can see, the stick puppets were done quite well as a less-detailed version may not have included a view of each character's back. Once each piece was removed, the front and back pieces were placed together. The base of the front piece wrapped around that of the back forming a "stick" with the character's name on the front.
Included were King Friday XIII, Grandpere, X the Owl, Henrietta Pussycat, Queen Sara Saturday, Mrs. Platypus, and even a small Prince Tuesday that could be hooked into the arms of his mother...
...also, Cornflake S. Pecially, Daniel Tiger, Dr. Platypus, Edgar Cooke, Lady Elaine Fairchilde, and Donkey Hodie.
Appearing In This Book
Mister Rogers | King Friday XIII | Grandpere | X the Owl | Henrietta Pussycat | Queen Sara Saturday | Prince Tuesday | Cornflake S. Pecially | Daniel Striped Tiger | Dr. Bill Platypus | Edgar Cooke | Lady Elaine Fairchilde | Elsie Jean Platypus
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