Howdy Doody was a popular kids' TV show in the 1950s. He was a marionette with freckles on his face and a Peanut Gallery of kids who came to watch the show. His cohort was a real man named 'Buffalo' Bob Smith.
This figural Howdy Doody ceramic lamp was made in the 1980s during one of Howdy's several 'revivals'. The lamp is a nice one...Howdy is riding a pig and the detail is fantastic. The red hair, freckles, that Howdy smile...dressed in Western clothing...this is how we remember Howdy.
The lamp measures 6 1/2 inches across by 8 1/4 inches high. It lights up...casts a nice glow. The bottom is marked 1988 NBC with maker's mark.
The lamp is in excellent vintage condition with paint intact.
And about that photo...In 1971 Bob Smith decided to revive Howdy and created a show that would appear at the Filmore East. Life Magazine wanted to do a story on the revival but Buffalo had little of the Howdy memorabilia that had sold during the original show's run. I had been collecting Howdy memorabilia for awhile and had a big collection. Bob Smith and Life Magazine came to our store in Greenwich Village and took this photo which appeared in the May 7, 1971 issue of Life. When we went into business in 1969, I felt I should collect something. I chose Howdy because I had freckles as a kid and freckle-faced kids stick together.
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1980s Howdy Doody Rides Pig Ceramic Figural Lamp