Comments on: Mid-week treat: visual madelines for the original Sesame Street generation http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/27/mid-week-treat-visual-madelines-for-the-original-sesame-street-generation/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Sun, 21 Sep 2014 12:24:08 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Hello, I’m Johnny Trash : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/27/mid-week-treat-visual-madelines-for-the-original-sesame-street-generation/comment-page-1/#comment-742427 Sat, 20 Nov 2010 14:56:25 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9369#comment-742427 [...] More Sesame Street nostaligia from the 1970s: [...]

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/27/mid-week-treat-visual-madelines-for-the-original-sesame-street-generation/comment-page-1/#comment-541767 Thu, 28 Jan 2010 15:58:18 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9369#comment-541767 Cattyinqueens–I like your second reading better! After all, Lucinda and Jane have a similar Boston Marriage in Two Bad Mice. . . I think the disruption of domestic perfection by the cats makes the message less Martha Stewart and more about the chaos of kids and cats. (I think that, given the Sesame Street mission, the fact that the girls were caucasian and asian playing together was perhaps the bigger point the film was trying to make.)

Glad you all enjoyed the memories! And cgeye–thanks for the intel on Oscar. I never caught the butt-nekkid days of PBS, and I’m fascinated to hear about Notorious’s and Liz2′s mothers disapproving of PBS! My mother had a countdown in her head all day long until she could plop us in front of Sesame Street, which was followed by the always soothing and lovely Mr. Rogers. PBS was her “mother’s little helper,” from what she tells me now.

And Liz2: thanks for your compliments, but my book is the standard, boring monograph. The reason I have a blog is because I can write about Sesame Street, Beatrix Potter, and the Who–whereas I can’t really fit those into my analyses of 17th and 18th C North American history.

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By: Cattyinqueens http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/27/mid-week-treat-visual-madelines-for-the-original-sesame-street-generation/comment-page-1/#comment-541721 Thu, 28 Jan 2010 13:38:37 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9369#comment-541721 Oooh, i totally remembered that, and the memory of the kitty cat invasion was much stronger in my memory than anything else–I was a tom boy and loved cats more than dolls even then. But I love that you remembered Two Bad Mice, because that’s exactly what I was thinking about as I was remembering how much I loved the kitties coming in at the end!

I think the lesson wasn’t so much about counting to 2, but something a little more complicated (but perhaps equally troubling) about domesticity; there’s some line in there about the two little girls being grown up because they set the table. Being a grown-ass woman means keeping house, having tea and plates and knowing how many.

Or, less cynically, perhaps it’s about how two little dolls can have a boston marriage and grow old together drinking tea and raising cats.

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By: Digger http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/27/mid-week-treat-visual-madelines-for-the-original-sesame-street-generation/comment-page-1/#comment-541672 Thu, 28 Jan 2010 12:22:47 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9369#comment-541672 OMG I’d totally forgotten the 1-2-3. It came back all in a rush with the music! Because we lived close enough to the US to catch US broadcasts, I can’t tell you if I remember this from American Sesame Street or the Canadian version. Perhaps it was culture-neutral enough to play on both…

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By: cgeye http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/27/mid-week-treat-visual-madelines-for-the-original-sesame-street-generation/comment-page-1/#comment-541434 Thu, 28 Jan 2010 07:43:31 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9369#comment-541434 Historiann – first season, he was orange. Had the 45 of I LOVE TRASH to prove it….

And I had to sneak PBS back when they showed butt-nekkid theatre and experimental TV, which is so far back in the day I swear I imagined it….

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By: Liz2 http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/27/mid-week-treat-visual-madelines-for-the-original-sesame-street-generation/comment-page-1/#comment-541312 Thu, 28 Jan 2010 02:15:58 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9369#comment-541312 Notorious – I had to sneak PBS too. My mother cut the plug off our tv and only had someone reattach it when an opera she wanted to see was on PBS. Sometimes she wouldn’t cut the plug off but would hide the tv, until my older sister and I found it and she caught us watching PBS, then she’d cut the plug off again. And I’m 39, so I should have recognized the videos.

Historiann – I love the image of the Beatrix Potter characters “trashing the place like the Who at the Holiday Inn” – fantastic! I must read your book, just because you write so vividly.

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By: Indyanna http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/27/mid-week-treat-visual-madelines-for-the-original-sesame-street-generation/comment-page-1/#comment-541281 Thu, 28 Jan 2010 00:31:39 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9369#comment-541281 I’d pay good money to see a YouTube digitalized reenhancement of Thumb and Hunca Munca trashing a dollhouse. For copyright purposes, I suppose, you’d have to call it Two Baaaaad Mice, or something like that. I (almost) saw The Who coming up, when they probably were actually staying in Holiday Inns, or playing in places like Granville, O., which only HAD Holiday Inns. But, I guess “almost” doesn’t count in blogstalgia…

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/27/mid-week-treat-visual-madelines-for-the-original-sesame-street-generation/comment-page-1/#comment-541241 Wed, 27 Jan 2010 22:35:08 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9369#comment-541241 Katherine–we can haz playdate? (I’ll bring the cats.)

I have to confess that I take a somewhat embarassing amount of delight in reading “Two Bad Mice,” by Beatrix Potter, in which Mr. Tom Thumb and his wife Hunca Munca (the title characters) go into a dollhouse and trash it. They’re angered by the lovely plaster ham and fish that are inedible and won’t come off the plates, so they trash the place like The Who at the Holiday Inn.

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By: Katherine http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/27/mid-week-treat-visual-madelines-for-the-original-sesame-street-generation/comment-page-1/#comment-541231 Wed, 27 Jan 2010 22:24:25 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9369#comment-541231 Gosh, I remember them both so vividly, although I only saw them in black and white. I loved that doll house! Eventually I had a doll house of my own, with plates and tableware. Just a prelude to my secret desire to be an interior decorator!

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/27/mid-week-treat-visual-madelines-for-the-original-sesame-street-generation/comment-page-1/#comment-541207 Wed, 27 Jan 2010 21:49:13 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9369#comment-541207 Oscar was orange???

WTF?

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