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Toy, Captain Video, Space Drome

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This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar room at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Toy, Captain Video, Space Drome

Collection Item Summary:

This Space Port fortress toy made by toymaker T. Cohn, Inc. in the early 1950s is the centerpiece of the Superior Space Port (also known as the Captain Video Space Port). The metal space-theme fort with its associated plastic vehicles and space men (and aliens), which were made by Lido Toys, was merchandise related to "Captain Video and His Video Rangers," a weekly television show that aired on the DuMont network from 1949-1956. "Captain Video" was considered the U.S.'s and world's first television show with a space flight theme. Such space-themed forts illustrate how heavily space science fiction drew upon another American popular culture genre, the Western.

Collector Michael O'Harro donated this toy to the Museum in 1993.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Manufacturer

T. Cohn, Inc.

Credit Line

Gift of Michael O'Harro

Materials

Overall, probably tin or sheet iron; cannon, plastic, with wood end, and accompanying wood dowels; launcher, with plastic cylinder.

Dimensions

3-D: 43.2 x 22.9 x 27.9cm (17 x 9 x 11 in.)

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

MEMORABILIA-Popular Culture

Inventory Number

A19973002000