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#196 "Hey, Diddle Diddle" Double Screen Color TV Music Box
Years Made:
Fisher-Price Toy Department
Department 1:
Audio, Visual, Musical, Educational & Electronics
1964-1970


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1964 Side Litho


1965-1970
Side Litho

Description: The very first music box that Fisher-Price introduced was the #148 Jack and Jill TV Radio in 1959. In the years that followed, several other music boxes were introduced but they all had a wooden body and a small revolving "TV" screen. In 1964, Fisher-Price introduced a more realistic music box TV as the #196 "Hey Diddle Diddle" Double Screen TV Music Box. The #196 is a square plastic pretend TV with a large TV screen on the front that has scrolling colorful pictures plus a smaller screen on top to view smaller picture. Wind the music box and the pictures revolve in time to the music. The #196 must had been successful as a year later another Double Screen Color TV Music Box was introduced...this time playing Mary Had a Little Lamb. The #196 and #195 Mary Had A Little Lamb are the only two music boxes in this shape and size. Designed for children ages 2 to 6 years old.

In 1964 the Hey, Diddle Diddle TV Music Box had paper lithographs on the sides with pictures of Mother Goose. In 1965 through 1970, the lithographs had pictures that depict the Hey, Diddle Diddle nursery rhyme (kiddie with a fiddle, cow jumping over a moon, etc.). Both of these music boxes were available with either Swiss or Japanese music movements.

Accessories:
  • Square aqua plastic music box TV with a square white wooden base and a white plastic front with a large clear plastic TV screen. The plastic screen protects colorful pictures that revolve past the screen when the music box is wound. The front bottom of the music box has a red plastic wind-up knob that cannot be over wound and two red clicking pretend channel and volume control knobs. The top of the music box has a small "peek-a-boo" window with a clear plastic cover that protects small colorful pictures that revolve past the screen. The music box has a red hard plastic hinged handle and a spring antenna with a bead on top. The music box plays, "Hey, Diddle Diddle" as pictures of the nursery rhyme revolve past the two TV screens. *See "Variations" below.
Variations:
  • 1964-1964 - The top and sides of the music box have attached paper lithographs with pictures of a Mother Goose lady, a boy with a hobby horse, a girl with a red hooded cape, a castle in the background, and a white lamb in the front.
    • FPT1783 - The musical movements are Swiss.
    • FPT1784 - The musical movements are Japanese.
  • 1965-1970 - The top and sides of the music box have attached paper lithographs with pictures of a a cat playing a fiddle, a plate running away with a spoon, and a cow jumping over the moon.
    • FPT1785 - The musical movements are Swiss. WFL: 07-AE-25-4-A
    • FPT1786 - The musical movements are Japanese.

Repair
: If your music box plays slow (or not at all!), you may want to check out our REPAIR STATION. We can restore most Fisher-Price wind-up music box mechanisms to almost new condition!

Other Information:
  • This TV was sold with a Guarantee card (see photo). Unlike the pocket radios that have this Guarantee printed directly on the manufacturing box.
  • Also see 1965's #195 Mary Had A Little Lamb.
  • Patent No. 3,114,216. Patented Canada 1964.
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