|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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