Howdy Doody Show History:
The Howdy Doody Show was on NBC from 1947 through 1960 and was the first show of the day. It was also the first television show to hit the 2000 episode mark!
A Canadian version was telecast from 1954 through 1959 and had similar characters, but with a "great north woods" flavor.
A new syndicated version, The New Howdy Doody Show ran in the mid 1970s for 130 episodes.
Characters in Doodyville:
Live characters were the host Buffalo Bob (Bob Smith), silent Clarabell (Bob Keeshan, Lew Anderson) and Chief Thunderthud and Princess Summerfall Winterspring (Judy Typer).
The Peanut Gallery:
Newer pieces can be found for reasonable and issue prices. New metal lunch boxes, a new cookie jar, ornaments, hinged boxes and dolls have all been available in the past few years. It's usually pretty evident what is new and what is old, but make sure you know what you are buying before paying big bucks!
Howdy Doody Went to Court:
He was not even given a good behavior release to attend the unveiling of his bronze star on the NBC Walk of Fame.
Patents and Illustrations:
Howdy Doody Memorabilia Pictures, Prices and Values:
My Peanut Gallery Memories:
Yes, I was a member of the Peanut Gallery, but the memory is a bit fuzzy!
I remember being in awe of the show, the hot lights and small studio. Just another part of my memories, a part of growing up in New York City and a childhood left behind.
Buffalo Bob asked what I wanted to be when I grew up and I said a teacher. I never became a teacher, but I did become a lifelong volunteer in schools.
For many years, the words "Peanut Gallery" were used to tease me. My adult relatives would refer to me as "the Peanut Gallery"... Or "let's hear from the peanut gallery" when asking me a question.
That is what I remember most and that memory always makes me smile.