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 GalleryThe live audience of approximately 40 kids who sat in the audience of the show were referred to as the Peanut Gallery. It's been said that Charles Schulz's Peanuts comic strip was named for the peanut gallery kids on The Howdy Doody Show.
From Deconstructing Chuck - Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography: "The name 'Peanuts,' which Schulz always hated, came from the peanut gallery on The Howdy Doody Show."
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 Cookie Jars
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Howdy Doody Goes to CourtWho would have ever thought it would come to this. Poor Howdy has been locked up in a bank vault for over year -- waiting for a judge to spring him.
He was not even given a good behavior release to attend the unveiling of his bronze star on the NBC Walk of Fame.
No, Howdy was not around, he was involved in a lawsuit of all things!
Read More: Howdy Doody Goes to Court
Online Auction Prices - August 2003
- Howdy Doody Plaid School Book Bag
Size 9" X 12"
Sold Price: $565.
- Yellow (hard) Plastic Circus Truck Size 4.5" - Howdy is driving.
Made by: Plasticraft
Sold Price: $50.
- Metal Lunch Box - 1955
Sold Price: $190.
- Effanbee Durable Howdy Doody
Original box, excellent condition
Sold Price: $460.
- Mr. Bluster Marionette
Sold Price: $675.
- Heidi Doody Marionette
Sold Price: $620.
- Magic Piano and Xylo-Doodle
Sold Price: $26.
- Storiviews w/Dimensional Pictures Six cards
Sold Price: $31.
- Poll Parrot Picture Album
Sold Price: $18.
- "ZANY" Fabric Hand Puppets
Made by: J. V. Zimmerman Company Vinylite plastic heads - all in box
Sold Prices: Howdy Doody - $428. Clarabelle - $565. Flub a Dub Puppet - $106.
My Peanut Gallery MemoriesYes, I was once 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.
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.