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Episode 1153

Air Date: March 17, 1971
Previous Episode: 1152
Next Episode: 1154

Mister Rogers has sent away for a set of nursery rhyme posters which have finally arrived. As he shares the posters with viewers, Mister Rogers begins to question why there are no characters on the posters and comes across the following note:

"Dear nursery rhyme fan:
Here are the nursery rhyme posters you ordered. If you would like to get the characters to paste on the scenery simply send $1 more to the following address."

Clearly disappointed, Mister Rogers expresses his annoyance but then tries to make something positive of the situation by pretending that the characters are on the posters.

A phone call from Betty Aberlin brings an invitation for Mister Rogers to come to Betty's Little Theater to watch some children act out nursery rhymes.

On his way back to the house, Mister Rogers runs across Mr. McFeely who loans him a poster of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Mister Rogers uses the poster to lead into a very short time of make-believe where King Friday is pretending to be Old King Cole.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers is visited by violinist Fritz Siegal who demonstrates his fiddling talents. Concluding for the day, Mister Rogers sings I'm Proud of You.


The Neighborhood of Make-Believe poster used in this episode is the same poster that was included in a 1970 Neighborhood of Make-Believe play set.

Fritz Siegal passed away in February of 1989 at the age of 71. According to one online source, Siegal was a "retired concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. As concertmaster for 20 years beginning in 1967, Siegal led the Pittsburgh symphony's first violin section and often served as assistant to the conductor."

Appearing In This Episode


  • Fritz Siegal




Episode Credits

Produced by WQED Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in association with Small World Enterpriese, Inc. for N.E.T.

Produced and written by Fred Rogers
Produced and directed by Sam Silberman
Music Director: John Costa
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, David Newell, Fritz Siegal

Production funds for this television visit were provided by a grant from the Sears-Roebuck Foundtation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

© 1970 National Educational Television and Radio Center

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