On this day in 1968, Mister Rogers welcomed us to his neighborhood for the first time. We are all better for it.
WPIX/Dick Tracy ad, c. 1961 on Flickr.
When I’m not busy posting all kinds of awesomeness to Tumblr, I’m checking out what others have to share. And so on occasion I’ll recommend other blogs you should be following to enrich your life. Today I heartily recommend you follow fadedsignals.
Rather than try to sum up the great word Faded Signals does, I’ll just quote their About blurb:
[Faded Signals] is a collection of old advertisements, articles and other material found in the pages of trade magazines like Broadcasting & Cable, Radio News, Television and others.
The material comes from David Gleason’s invaluable American Radio History site, which offers extensive archives of historical broadcasting publications.
So yeah, it’s a pretty narrow focus but I find their stuff fascinating.
1961 ad for the “Willeford’s Weather” segment on WLWI-TV 13 Indianapolis, hosted by local television personality George Willeford. They apparently had something called Clyde the Weather Machine, and I would love to know more about that.
WLWI, which launched in 1957, was sold in 1975 and changed its call letters to the now-current WTHR in ‘76. The station’s most famous former employee is weatherman David Letterman.
Transformation sequence from the opening of Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, 1976.
If still images are more your thing, I have the View-Master reel set for this show scanned.