Over the past few weeks a couple of us here have been reliving our childhoods looking at the Play School toys in our collection and clips from the shows on NZ On Screen. We’re not curators, we’re just in the web team and the Picture Library so it still delights us when we find things like the Play School toys in our collection. We have Big Ted, Humpty, Manu and Jemima.
Te Papa’s Collection
NZ On Screen
We also have some of the costumes the toys wore, including a set of armour. Amazingly, in the first clip on NZ On Screen where the presenters build a castle, the Teds are wearing armour. A great coincidence or what?
Here’s the armour, carefully preserved for posterity. I love the feather – Big Ted’s feather was turquoise so I surmise the pink helmet was designed for Little Ted. In Little Ted fashion, he isn’t wearing it.
But unfortunately we don’t have Little Ted so we can’t verify it with him. Rumour has it that he was blown up in an unfortunate accident on What Now? Is this true? Anyone know?
And does anyone else out there have more Play School stuff we can add to our informal online un-collection?
It is amazing what is coming out of of the archives and cool when we can link them together to tell more complete stories.
Perhaps Play School is another candidate for a Digital New Zealand Project!