Captain Kangaroo (Little Golden Book)

CBS Television's Captain Kangaroo (A Little Golden Book) by Kathleen N. Daly,
illustrated by Art Seiden.  Simon & Schuster, 1956.

Before Mr. Rogers, before Sesame Street, there was Captain Kangaroo.  Bob Keeshan's Captain Kangaroo premiered on CBS in 1955 - a year before my mother was born! - and ran for nearly 30 years, before being cancelled in 1984.  I have fuzzy little memories of getting up very early in the morning to watch the Captain.  Sadly, those memories are so vague that although I can picture Keeshan in his red suit and some of the other characters (Mr. Green Jeans), I can't recall much else.  It was on so early in the morning by then.

Of course, before he wore red, Captain Kangaroo wore navy blue.  And in 1956, the blue-suited Captain appeared in his first Little Golden Book, illustrated by the great Art Seiden. [My first Seiden book on the blog!  Wow...] I've photographed the entire book for you.  Forgive me for not scanning it, but as you can see, my copy is very brittle (and therefore, very inexpensive!), and I doubt it would survive the scanner.















I shouldn't end this post without providing you with a little something to watch!  Here is a show opening from the early days of Captain Kangaroo:







And here is an episode someone uploaded to YouTube, labeled 3/4/1961:





From the color days.  My memories of the show date from the end of the '70s to the early '80s.






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  1. Didn't know there was such a show (or book), thanks for sharing! What a lovely book. Gotta love Captain Kangaroo! :)

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    1. The show's heyday was probably in the '50s, '60s, and '70s. The book is cute. I love Seiden's animals.

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  2. I didn't know about this book or show either!!! I really love the book's illustrations!!! You found another gem! I will have to look up this artist!

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    1. Art Seiden illustrated quite a few Little Golden Books and Wonder Books (a competing "cheap" series of picture books). It seems he was often assigned TV tie-in titles, such as books tied to Romper Room and Howdy Doody. It's funny - I had trouble finding a decent biography page to link to, but I could find lots of blog entries and Pinterest boards. He's very popular with mid-century "retro-modern" collectors.

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  3. how do you find these treasures??? you're a WIZARD!!!!!

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    1. Nah, I just play on eBay too much. This one was very cheap and the shipping was free. Not only that, it turned out to be in the same town as me, so I got it two days later! Nicer copies of this book go for so much more on eBay. I'm content with this one. I just wanted to see it, you know?

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  4. I really enjoyed Captain Kidd as a child! I didn't even KNOW there was a book!!!!!!! Gorgeous illustations and I love that blanket under your book also...LOL! :D

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    1. The afghan was found in my late mother-in-law's storage unit, when my husband and his brother cleaned it out last month. They also found a beautiful quilt.

      I want to get a hold of some of the old Howdy Doody LGBs someday. They were very well done. :)

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