Toy, Captain Video, Space Port, Miscellaneous Parts

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    Toy, Captain Video, Space Port, Miscellaneous Parts

    Rectangular building on flat rectangular base decorated as spacecraft roadway and walkway; half oval roof cylindrical towers (2) on roof, bottom one larger; launcher wheel, top of towers.

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This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

These plastic pieces are accessories for the Superior Space Port (also known as the Captain Video Space Port) made by toymaker T. Cohn, Inc. in the early 1950s. The metal space-theme fort 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.