The Howdy Doody Show (1947–1960)
"Puppet Playhouse" (original title)

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Bob Smith ...
 Buffalo Bob (9 episodes, 1955-1960)
Nick Nicholson
(3 episodes, 1958-1960)
Bill LeCornec ...
 Chief Thunderthud (3 episodes, 1958-1960)
Lew Anderson ...
 Clarabell the Clown (3 episodes, 1958-1960)
Rufus Rose
(3 episodes, 1958-1960)
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On 11 August 2009 the US Postal Service issued a pane of twenty 44¢ commemorative postage stamps honoring early USA television programs. A booklet with 20 picture postal cards was also issued. The stamp honoring "The Howdy Doody Show" (which began as "Puppet Playhouse") has a picture of Howdy Doody's head. Other shows honored in the Early TV Memories issue were: Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955), The Dinah Shore Show (1951), Dragnet (1951), "The Ed Sullivan Show" (originally titled The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)), The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950), Hopalong Cassidy (1952), The Honeymooners (1955), I Love Lucy (1951), Kukla, Fran and Ollie (1947), Lassie (1954), The Lone Ranger (1949), Perry Mason (1957), The Phil Silvers Show (1955), The Red Skelton Hour (1951), "Texaco Star Theater" (titled Texaco Star Theatre (1948), 1954-1956), The Tonight Show (which began as Tonight! (1953)), Twilight Zone (1959), and You Bet Your Life (1950). See more »

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[final episode. Clarabell speaks for the only time in the show's history]
Clarabell the Clown: Goodbye, kids.
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Horrifying
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This show is a good example of how children have changed since the halcyon haze of the 1950s. Back then, this show and its characters were beloved to seemingly most children, but now, children would be frightened by evil-looking puppets and clowns.

It's hard to believe that a children's show, much less one like this, could endure for nearly 2500 episodes. Oh well. I suppose children's television hasn't changed that much since the 1950s, after all -- Mr. Rogers is still around, as he was in the 50s, and modern children's shows have retained their simple, mindless guile, while at the same time keeping kids glued to their TVs for a few hours each day.


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