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Episode 1570

Topic: Playthings
Air Date: November 28, 1986
Previous Episode: 1569 - Playthings
Next Episode: 1571 - Dance
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Mister Rogers arrives with a small elephant carved out of wood. Through a film, he remembers a time he recently visited a much larger wooden elephant named Lucy. Lucy is a structure built in the shape of an elephant which Mister Rogers goes inside and climbs to the top.

After the film, Mister Rogers visits the Neighborhood toy lending library where he meets Barbara Liftman. Ms. Liftman explains the library's procedure for sharing toys with patrons and also discusses some of the library's playful features. Mister Rogers takes some time to look inside a doll house before Ms. Liftman concludes the visit by giving him a toy catalog to take home.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Belive, Prince Tuesday is having a difficult time learning to ride his bicycle. With a little help from Handyman Negri, Prince Tuesday finds some encouragement and wants to share his excitement with Ana Platypus. At the clock, Prince Tuesday offers to let Ana ride his bicycle -- an offer she eagerly accepts.

At the Museum-Go-Round, the master key is used to open the locked door but all that is found inside is an empty box. Upon closer examination, however, Neighbor Aber finds a penny in the bottom of the box. When Handyman Negri flips the coin into the air, everyone is excited to find that it temporarily turns into a somersaulting elephant. With the locked room now open, Lady Elaine decides that it should be cleaned and used as a play room.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about the importance of playing and sings I'm Proud of You.


Lucy the Elephant is located on the Atlantic coast in Margate City, NJ.

The elephant carving shared by Mister Rogers is also seen in Episode 1403.

Learn more about the Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library by visiting

While Mister Rogers visits Lucy, We Are Elephants is played in the background. Children Can plays in the background during the visit to the toy-lending library.

Although Chuck Aber is the voice and typically the puppeteer for H.J. Elephant, Neighbor Aber and H.J. appear on screen together in this episode.

This episode is included on the It's a Beautiful Day Collection (DVD).

Appearing In This Episode


  • Barbro Liftman




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Chuck Aber, Betty Aberlin, Michael Horton, Randy Jewart, Barbro Liftman, Carole Muller, Joe Negri
Special Thanks to The Save Lucy Committee Inc. for the preservation of the elephant "Lucy" in Margate, N.J., Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producers: Sam Newbury, Margaret Whitmer
Director: Paul Lally
Music Director: John Costa
Art Director: Jack Guest
Editor: Michael Colonna
Properties: Alexis Samulski
Costume Design: Barbara Anderson
Production Assistants: Holly Bruwelheide, Julia Palazzi
Assistant Puppeteer: Lenny Meledandri
Intern: Michelle Wright
Lead Technician: Ken Anderson
Studio Supervisor: Doug Coates
Production Coordinator: Mark Smukler
Assistant Directors: Rich Dwyer, Tim McGrane
Technical Director: Jack Arthurs
Lighting Director: Frank Warninsky
Assistant Lighting Director: Bob Lubomski
Video: Tom Deluga
Studio Cameras: Bob Vaughn, Art Vogel, Don McCall, Steve Zorbas, Frank Colista
Audio: Jerry Cobbs, Dick LaSota
Videotape: Mike Laver
Floor Manager: Nick Tallo
Assistant Floor Manager: Jim Seech
Location Production: Mark Adelsheim, John Burdick, John Fitzpatrick, Dan Gebrosky, Jerry Hughes, Mark Knobil, Mike Kobik, Fred Roth, Rich Seig
Carpenters: Patsy Gianella, Rich Karapandi
Scenic Artists: Julie Ball, James Campbell, Gary Kosko, Rhonda Levin, Diane Melchitzky, Beth Ann Zamborsky
Musicians: Carl McVicker, Bob Rawsthorne
Videotape Editor: Kevin Conrad
Videotape Sound: Dennis Williams
Consultants: Albert V. Corrado M.D., Margaret B. McFarland Ph.D.

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
© 1986 Family Communications, Inc.

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