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Episode 1278

Air Date: March 14, 1973
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Next Episode: 1279

Mister Rogers arrives with seven small unfolded boxes. In the kitchen, he folds them back into shape and uses them to build. He talks about how he had difficulty folding one of them and sings I Like to Take My Time as he continues building.

After building something that reminds him of a person playing the piano, Mister Rogers remembers a time he visited Francois Clemmons' studio to hear Frances Cole play the harpsichord.

Mr. McFeely stops by with a rag for polishing a car. Mister Rogers goes outside where he shows his antique car and demonstrates how parts of it work. He goes back inside where shares a film about a day he, Mr. McFeely, and Francois Clemmons took a ride in the antique car.

A phone call from Betty Aberlin informs Mister Rogers of an upcoming variety show at her theater.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin is dressed as a ballerina and is dancing throughout the Neighborhood as Lady Elaine Fairchilde plays the piano. Robert Troll passes by and spends some time dancing with Lady Aberlin.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers unfolds his boxes and talks about how you can pretend anything -- even without fancy toys.


The antique car is marked on the side: "Official Car: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."

In the film, as he drives in his antique car, Mister Rogers passes Bob Trow riding a bicycle.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Frances Cole




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Francois Clemmons, Frances Cole, David Newell, Bob Trow
Antique Car Ride film by Joe Seamans
Produced and Directed by Bob Walsh
Music Director: John Costa

Produced by Family Communications, Inc. in association with WQED, Pittsburgh

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