Mr. Moose Hand Puppet

Mr. Moose Hand Puppet

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Description (Brief)
Mister Moose puppet who starred on the Saturday morning version of the TV series Captain Kangaroo from 1956 to 1965 on the "Treasure House" set. Dark brown puppet with large snout, gray and black plastic eyes, orange felt mouth, and yellow felt antlers. Used by Robert Keeshan. Designed by Cosme "Gus" Allegretti, Mr. Moose was famous for offering riddles or knock-knock jokes to Captain Kangaroo, the gag answer to the latter often being followed by a barrage of ping-pong balls leveled at the naive Captain.
Captain Kangaroo premiered in 1955 and ran until 1984, the longest-running network television children's show and winner of both Emmy and Peabody awards. Robert Keeshan played the title role and Hugh Brannum played his pal, Mr. Green Jeans. After 1984, Keeshan brought the show to PBS where it ran until 1992.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Puppet
Date made
1955 - 1956
designer
Allegretti, Cosmo
user
Keeshan, Robert
maker
Allegretti, Cosmo
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
fabric (overall material)
felt (mouth; antlers material)
plastic (eyes material)
Measurements
overall: 36 in x 10 in x 15 in; 91.44 cm x 25.4 cm x 38.1 cm
ID Number
1992.0420.03
accession number
1992.0420
catalog number
1992.0420.03
Credit Line
Gift of Robert Keeshan Associates (through Robert Keeshan)
subject
Radio and television broadcasting
Television broadcasts
Puppetry
Children's television programs
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Puppets
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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