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"'Superior' Mouseketeer Television", Model 300

Decorative Arts

On View: Decorative Art, 4th Floor
MEDIUM Printed metal, plastic, rubber, wood
  • Place Manufactured: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • DATES ca. 1955
    DIMENSIONS 9 3/8 x 13 5/8 x 9 1/4 in. (23.8 x 34.6 x 23.5 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS On proper left side: printed in black: "MADE IN U. S. A./ SUPERIOR [in flag logo]/ T. COHN INC./ BROOKLYN, N. Y." On proper right side: printed in black: "MOUSEKETEERS"/ "'SUPERIOR' ELECTRIC PHONOGRAPH/ MODEL NO. 300 TV/ FOR USE ON 115 VOLTS - 60 CYCLE/ ALTERNATING CURRENT ONLY/ 35 WATTS MAX. INPUT/ DO NOT START TABLE BY HAND- TURN SWITCH/ MADE IN U. S. A. BY/ T. COHN, INC. BROOKLYN, N. Y." "[copyright logo] Walt Disney/ Productions"
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Decorative Art, 4th Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2014.14
    CREDIT LINE Maria L. Emmons Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Copyright status unknown
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    CAPTION T. Cohn, Inc. (ca. 1900-1979). "'Superior' Mouseketeer Television", Model 300, ca. 1955. Printed metal, plastic, rubber, wood, 9 3/8 x 13 5/8 x 9 1/4 in. (23.8 x 34.6 x 23.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Maria L. Emmons Fund, 2014.14 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2014.14_view01_PS11.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 2014.14_view01_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2022
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Tin lithographed 'Superior Mouseketeer Television' with attached lid and interior turntable and stylus. Toy front lithographed to resemble a TV set into a cabinet, center opening with silver colored backing and an attached bulb; to one side a metal knob. Sides of toy: one side lithographed with Disney's Donald Duck carrying a large drum with Mickey Mouse's face, opposing side, with Disney's Mickey Mouse dressed as a marching band leader with baton. Attached lid with image of Disney's Mickey and Minnie mouse holding hands with young blond girl in plaid skirt and bobbysocks and young blond boy in striped shirt and pants. Interior: with record turntable and stylus, open back and attached electrical cord. Mechanism would have worked with conforming Disney themed paper being placed over bulb at TV front and while record was being played on turnstile, by turning the knob at front it would appear as if Disney cartoon was playing. Records and paper are absent. The whole on four small black tapered legs.
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    T. Cohn, Inc. (ca. 1900-1979). <em>"'Superior' Mouseketeer Television", Model 300</em>, ca. 1955. Printed metal, plastic, rubber, wood, 9 3/8 x 13 5/8 x 9 1/4 in. (23.8 x 34.6 x 23.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Maria L. Emmons Fund, 2014.14 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2014.14_view01_PS11.jpg)