Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Millionth Magic Key

This weekend is Talking Storybook Weekend at the Oakland Children's Fairyland and Bruce Sedley - the Skipper himself - will be there August 29th & 30th to celebrate Puppet Day and the 53rd Annual Puppet Fair.

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Storybook Boxes, the Skipper will present one child with the millionth Magic Key on Puppet Day. To read more about the Skipper's return to Fairyland, check out Martin Snapp's column.


IMAGINE a million Magic Keys over 50 years!
IMAGINE being the golden child who is presented with the millionth Magic Key!

Would love to hear from those who share in this momentous occassion.

According to fellow blogger headexplodie, the Talking Storybooks were updated with a new design at the beginning of 2009 in preparation for this 50th Anniversary celebration. The Talking Storybooks have a new box design as well as new audio playback systems.

Do you have a photo of the new Talking Storybooks that you'd like to share here?

Special thanks to blog follower Qwiklight and fellow blogger/artist Headexplodie for sharing this information!

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Zoo Keys

Novelty plastic keys used in Talking Storybooks at zoos, parks and other exhibits. Children's entertainer and puppeteer Bruce "Skipper" Sedley invented the original tape-recorded-playback Talking Storybooks with their novelty keys in the early 1950s.

In 1958, Talking Storybooks operated by the Magic Key to Fairyland were installed at Children's Fairyland in Oakland's Lake Merritt Park. The familiar elephant-shaped key – Trunkey the Elephant – was created the following year for the San Francisco Zoo, and has been used at zoos & parks across America since the 1960s.