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DOLL MADE IT’S DEBUT ON THIS DAY IN 1959

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On March 9, 1959, the first Barbie doll went  on display at the
American Toy Fair in
New York City.

Eleven inches tall, with a waterfall of blond hair, Barbie was the
first mass-produced toy doll in the United States with adult
features. The woman behind Barbie was Ruth Handler, who co-
founded Mattel, Inc. with her husband in 1945. After seeing her
young daughter ignore her baby dolls to play make-believe with
paper dolls of adult women, Handler realized there was an
important niche in the market for a toy that allowed little girls
to imagine the future.

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First Barbie TV commercial in 1959.

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The woman behind Barbie was Ruth Handler,who co-founded Mattel, Inc. with her husband in 1945.

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CHILDREN RECEIVE FIRST VACCINE IN 1954


Dr.Jonas Salk administered one of the first polio shots.

 

On February 23, 1954, a group of children from Arsenal
Elementary School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, receive the
first injections of the new polio vaccine developed by Dr.
Jonas
Salk
(above). Thanks to the vaccine, by the 21st
century polio cases were reduced by 99 percent worldwide.

Though not as devastating as the plague or influenza,
poliomyelitis was a highly contagious disease that emerged
in terrifying outbreaks and seemed impossible to stop.

Attacking the nerve cells and sometimes the central nervous
system, polio caused muscle deterioration, paralysis and even
death. Even as medicine vastly improved in the first half of the
20th century in the Western world, polio still struck, affecting
mostly children but sometimes adults as well.

The most famous victim of a 1921 outbreak in America was
future President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, then a young
politician. The disease spread quickly, leaving his legs
permanently paralyzed.

 

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MARCH OF DIMES FOUNDED ON THIS DAY IN 1938

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt (L), founder of the March
of Dimes to fight polio, is shown at the White House with
Basil O’Connor, who worked with the president in forming
the charity.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, an adult victim of polio, founded the
National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, which he later renamed
the March of Dimes Foundation, on January 3, 1938. A predominantly childhood disease in the early 20th century, polio wreaked havoc
among American children every summer. The virus, which affects
the central nervous system, flourished in contaminated food and
water and was easily transmitted. Those who survived the disease
usually suffered from debilitating paralysis into their adult lives. In
1921, at the relatively advanced age of 39, Roosevelt contracted
polio and lost the use of his legs. With the help of the media, his
Secret Service and careful event planning, Roosevelt managed to
keep his disease out of the public eye, yet his personal experience inspired in him an empathy with the handicapped and prompted
him to the found the March of Dimes.

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Roosevelt talking with two young fellow polio patients at
Warm Springs.

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LOOKING BACK AS A FORMER “RANCH HAND”

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Hector Vincent “Heck Harper” Flateau (1919 – 1998)

HARPER (THE SINGING COWBOY), was a former local 
RADIO PERSONALITY AND KID’S SHOW HOST.


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CHILDREN’S TV SHOW DEBUTED IN 1969

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On November 10, 1969, “Sesame Street,” a pioneering TV
show that would teach generations of young children the
alphabet and how to count, made its broadcast debut.

The show is produced by Sesame Workshop (known as the
Children’s Television Workshop (CTW) until June 2000) and
was created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett (below).

As of 2018, Sesame Street has won 189 Emmy Awards and 
13 Grammy Awards, more than any other children’s show.

 

 

 

Black and white photo of a smiling woman about fifty years of age and wearing a jacket and tied-up scarf 

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