Thursday, March 28, 2013

Cleveland Romper Room organ for sale

A piece of Cleveland baby-boomer history is up for sale: the organ used on the Cleveland production of Romper Room (allegedly) is currently on Craigslist. The seller is based in Euclid, a suburb of Cleveland (for any non-NE Ohio folks).

Here's the link:

The listing itself is rather matter-of-fact:

baldwin organ $49 (euclid) pic

This organ was originally used for Romper Room. Needs repair and some tlc. It powers on but the actual organ pitches need tuned. Will take trades also. Call 216 406 1699 

(A screen capture is below; all CL ads are transitory..)

Romper Room was a long-running children's television program shown mostly in the USA, but also internationally. It was notable because cities could host individual franchises instead of the national broadcast. Cleveland hosted a local production, starring "Miss Barbara" Plummer. While not the first Cleveland hostess, "Miss Barbara" will always remembered locally as the face of Romper Room; the highlight of the production which ran on WEWS from 1958 until 1971.

Tell me, tell me, tell me, do. Magic mirror, tell me today.
Have all my friends had fun at play?

As crude as TV F/X were in the early 60's, the Magic Mirror closing sequence of RR is probably the first TV special effect I remember from my childhood...

So any Do Bee out there with enough living-room space can purchase a bit of local broadcast history...

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