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Episode 1342

Air Date: March 12, 1974
Previous Episode: 1341
Next Episode: 1343

Mister Rogers arrives with a collection of cards showing various animals and their tracks. His son, John, stops by with a mold of cat prints which he has made for a school project. Mister Rogers and his son visit Elsie Neal's craft shop where she makes plaster castings of the prints as well as of the Rogers' hands. As they are leaving, Mrs. McFeely arrives at the shop and commissions Ms. Neal to create a portrait of her as an anniversary gift for Mr. McFeely.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, King Friday XIII has invited everyone to the castle to hear the recording of his great-great-great-great grandfather. Meanwhile, Lady Elaine Fairchilde has been painting her lamp at the Museum-Go-Round. King Friday asks Handyman Negri and X the Owl to find the hand prints he left in the castle's courtyard when he was a child. The King also commissions Elsie Neal to create a statue of his great-great-great-great grandfather, King Monday IX.

Back at the house, Mr. McFeely delivers a film about hands.


The animal track cards were part of the collection shared with the Neighborhood Archive by former Assistant Art Director David Smith.


John Rogers mentions the Rogers family's cat by name -- Sybile.

King Friday shares a collection of photos of his great-great-great-great grandfather, King Monday IX. The photos appear to be pictures of an early King Friday puppet from the Children's Corner.


Appearing In This Episode


  • John Rogers




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betsy Nadas, Elsie Neal, Joe Negri, David Newell, John Rogers, Adair Roth, Audrey Roth
"Hands" film by Richard Blakeslee
Directed by Bill Moates
Music Director: John Costa

Produced by Family Communications, Inc. in association with WQED, Pittsburgh

The people who gave the money to make this television visit are the people of The Sears Roebuck Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

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