MastroNet Spring 2005
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While this toy is referred to by many collectors as Unique Art's "Howdy Doody Band," its maker actually marketed it under the name "Doin' the Howdy Doody." A few quick twists to the colorful toy's mounted winder and a flick of the on switch start the Howdy jigger section to dancing, as the piano-playing Buffalo Bob sways back and forth. Two versions exist for this toy, both identical to one another except for a "© Bob Smith" line that appears under the base of the piano on one of the versions. It is unknown which version is earlier. But as in most instances, it is probable that the copyright line was added later, after the absence of its necessary presence was discovered. This is the version without the copyright line. The toy is exceptional in look and functions strongly, with an equally exceptional original box (EX/NM, with no tears or notable creases and perfect interior flaps; slight and even age toning, with faint foxing in some panels). We grade the desirable toy C-8- NM, due to some very minimal surface nicks and scratches to the litho. The large piano section is approximately 6 -1/2" wide x 5 -1/2" tall x 3" deep. The jointed figure of Howdy is approximately 7" tall. The section containing the seated Buffalo Bob with hinged arms (legless, as he was designed to be) is approximately 5-1/2" tall.
Early 1950's "Doin' the Howdy Doody" Tin Windup Toy in Original Box
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