Tinker's Workshop

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ABC (ended 1958)

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Tinker's Workshop is an educational children's program that was created and produced by Bob (Captain Kangaroo) Keeshan in 1954. Keeshan was one of the earliest pioneers in children's television, having already acted in or produced several prior to Tinker's Workshop. Set in a Swiss Village, the show featured Keeshan as a kindly, grandfatherly old man named Tinker the Toymaker. In each episode, Tinker would educate young viewers by teaching them the importance of values while engaging in storytelling, crafting and games. Although the show was initially shelved, Tinker's Workshop was finally given the green light after several failed attempts to bring quality children's programming to the WABC weekday morning time slot. The show was a smashing success and ended up being the prototype for the highly successful "Captain Kangaroo" show. Several other actors played the title role of Tinker the Toymaker including Henry Burbig, Gene London and a very young Dom DeLuise.

Bob Keeshan

Bob Keeshan

Tinker The Toymaker

Dom DeLuise

Dom DeLuise

Tinker the Toymaker

Gene London

Gene London

Tinker Tom The Toymaker

Henry Burbig

Henry Burbig

Tinker the Toymaker

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