Thursday, January 17, 2019

Steel City's Neighborhood Line

Last summer, Pittsburgh-based Steel City released a line of Neighborhood merchandise and I regret not taking a look at it much sooner! These products are far more than the simple (and often poorly made and poorly designed) t-shirts you'd find at Target or Hot Topic. Not only is the quality of their products outstanding, Steel City is (obviously) invested in the culture of Pittsburgh making these products somewhat of a labor of love.

While there are a ton of t-shirts available through Steel City, I chose to give a closer look at their other Neighborhood products. That said, I do have a t-shirt from Steel City and I can say in all honesty that it's one of the most comfortable t-shirts I've ever owned. But let's look at some other products.

The cardigan coffee mug is heavy duty and ready for your morning cup of coffee. The back of the mug features a line familiar text: "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood," but the cardigan design is certainly the big draw here. A very simple, yet creative design sure to spark a few conversations in your office break room.

The hats offered by Steel City are easily my favorite items among this great line of products. While I don't recall Mr. McFeely every wearing a cap in this style, the color of this strap-back cap and the patch are spot on with what you'd find on his regular uniform.


The Neighborhood logo cap is simple and well made, but it's certainly my least favorite of the Steel City head wear options.


My favorite? That's a tough one. Of the three strapbacks, it'd have to be the Handyman Negri cap. It's a terrific replica of the style regularly worn around the Neighborhood of Make-Believe by Mr. Negri himself.


The beanie, though. The beanie! It's thick, it's warm, and it's such a fun product to cover your chilly noggin! Worth every last penny of its $20 price tag.


And who doesn't need a pair of Neighborhood socks?



This is one of three sock varieties offered by Steel City. You can check out the others, as well as their many original Neighborhood t-shirt designs by visiting their spot in the Neighborhood Archive or by browsing their website -- shopsteelcity.com

From my neighborhood to yours, Steel City's Neighborhood line comes highly recommended!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

One Dollar and Fourteen Cents Well Spent


These are my new friends, Eleanor and Ben.

Eleanor and Ben contacted me a few weeks ago after reading the article about my Mister Rogers collection that ran in the newspaper back in February. Over the phone, Eleanor mentioned that they had something to contribute to my personal "archive."

Today, just before I picked up my son from his martial arts camp (or "ninja camp," depending on who you're talking to), I met up with my new friends in a nearby Walgreen's parking lot. After introducing ourselves, Eleanor presented me with a homemade envelope which had been carefully sealed by weaving ribbon through holes punched along the edges.


Inside were the piece of a well-loved Playtime Puppet Theater! These stick puppets had belonged to their children who, according to Eleanor and Ben, put on countless puppet shows for them several decades ago. The fun that was had with these puppets was evident in every crease, every worn edge, and every repair made with tape.

  

As I collect Neighborhood memorabilia, I try my best to find items that are in the best condition possible. This collection, however, is a very welcomed exception to the rule. It gives me such a good feeling to hold these puppets that were once used by children playing the parts of characters from King Friday to Edgar Cooke.

Adding to the charm, the original price tag remains on the front.

$1.14 at K-Mart.


Many thanks to Eleanor and Ben for going out of their way to share their story with me!

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Podcast 32: 50th Anniversary Round Table

Time for a new podcast, neighbors!

Listen in to Episode 32 as Tim is joined by four guests who discuss the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and some of their favorite Neighborhood moments!


Guests include:

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Make Your Own Sweater Color Print

A few weeks ago, I special-ordered a canvas print of the eye-catching artwork created by Owen Phillips for an article about the many different sweaters that Mister Rogers wore throughout the modern run of the Neighborhood.


Since then, I've received several inquiries as to how others might order a similar print of their own. After contacting the artist, here's how:

1. Make at least a one-time donation of minimum of $5 to the PBS member station of your choice. This can easily be done online HERE.

2. Send the receipt from your donation to Owen at owenlhjphillips@gmail.com. It should look something like this.



3. Owen will send you a hi-res image.

4. Upload the image to the photo printing site of your choice to create your own print. I used Sam's Club for the canvas I had made.

Easy as that, Neighbors!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Going Away & Coming Back

It seems that I was gone during what turned out to be one of the busiest weeks in the Neighorhood so far in 2018!


In case you missed anything, here's a run-down of the major events over the last week:

Fred Rogers' 90th Birthday

Tuesday we celebrated the 90th birthday of Fred Rogers. People across the nation wore sweaters and encouraged/performed acts of neighborly kindness -- something we should all remember to do every day.

Well, maybe not the sweaters.

Twitch Marathon

Tuesday also marked the (unexpected) beginning of another Twitch marathon! Starting with a series of favorite episodes, the marathon has currently reached the point of moving through all Neighborhood episodes in sequential order. Check it out on Twitch!

USPS Stamp Release

The long-awaited Mister Rogers postal stamp was release on Friday with a celebratory ceremony held at the WQED building in Pittsburgh.


This official event was shared live on Facebook, if you missed it.


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As for me, it's been a wonderful week away with my family! I unplugged as much as possible (something I'd encourage all of you to try from time to time) and enjoyed several days in the Orlando area at Walt Disney World with the rest of the week spent on the beach further south in Bradenton.


We're (finally) home now -- safe and sound back to the Midwest where we were greeted with six inches of snow! Thanks to all of you faithful Neighborhood Archive readers for allowing me to step away for a few days!