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Leave It to Beaver: Secret Contents of Ward's Letter Revealed

21 August 2010 11:20 AM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

In the 1950s, television screens were very small and fuzzy. Viewers usually only saw a TV show episode only once. As a result, people making TV shows didn't have to pay attention to very small details because the home viewers would never see that level of detail.

Today, we have very big, high-definition television screens and can stop, rewind, and study any image that we see.

That's what someone at Shorpy did while watching a second season installment of Leave It to Beaver. In the episode, Ward (Hugh Beaumont) reads a letter from Beaver's (Jerry Mathers) principal, Mrs. Rayburn (Doris Packer). The letter is only onscreen for a few moments but it's long enough to be able to freeze the frame and read the contents. Not surprisingly, it's not exactly what Ward says.

The text of the letter essentially »


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