Wall Segment, Toy, Captain Video, Superior Space Port

Display Status:

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

Collection Item Summary:

This nine-piece metal interlocking toy wall is the exterior wall of 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 with its associated plastic vehicles and space men (and aliens), which were made by the Lido Toy Company, 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.