Talk about memories of low tech. After I was in the third grade, my family acquired a television and of course, I was captivated and spent an inordinate amount of time glued to the machine. I have a lot of memories of that time period. In later years, we got rid of the TV and with one notable relapse now live TV-free. I do remember a lot of Howdy Doody shows and seeing this puppet in the Smithsonian brought back a few memories. Here is a short explanation for those of you who never heard of Howdy Doody from Wikipedia.
Howdy Doody was an American children's television program (with circus and Western frontier themes) that was created and produced by E. Roger Muir and telecast on the NBC network in the United States from December 27, 1947, until September 24, 1960. It was a pioneer in children's television programming and set the pattern for many similar shows. One of the first television series produced at NBC in Rockefeller Center, in Studio 3A, it was also a pioneer in early color production as NBC (at the time owned by TV maker RCA) used the show in part to sell color television sets in the 1950s.