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Noticeable Changes to the set over the years

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by SwedishChefCook, Oct 18, 2006.

  1. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I could have sworn that I posted this in this thread before, but re-reading through it, apparently I didn't (or maybe it was deleted, I don't know), but in recent years, I've developed the theory that that brick facade behind the carriage house from 1970 to 1998 with the alphabet painted on it was perhaps a brief glimpse of the exterior of a nearby alphabet factory. I mean think about it: notice how the residents of the street - particularly in the earlier years - seem to always have an abundant amount of letters (and numbers) on hand. . . . even Gordon once mentioned, "I've stepped on my 'J' many times."
  2. cjd874

    cjd874 Well-Known Member

    Interesting theory. Perhaps the factory was shut down in later years and was converted to a boarding-house for the Muppet letters and numbers. Notice how they kept popping up all over the street especially in the 1990s.
  3. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    That's very possible, considering it's not uncommon for urban areas to shut down large businesses and convert the buildings into residential apartments and condos - that happens all the time in my town.
  4. Jared DiCarlo

    Jared DiCarlo Member

    That facade is actually a remnant of one of the Around the Corner buildings.
  5. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I don't know which one. Prior to Season 39, that facade was made up of the old Shaftway that jetted out from Finders's Keepers and Celina's Dance Studio (while that large brickwall across from Big Bird's nest are the side walls of Furry Arms and Finders Keeper's side by side).
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  6. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    One thing I've been curious about: what was with that pile of old cigar boxes and such outside the side entrance of Hooper's from 70 to 93?
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  7. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Heh, I happened on the old Muppet Mindset article I had written a couple of years ago about the overhauls and facelifts the set had gone through over the years . . . little did I know as I wrote that article that a year later, the street would receive its biggest facelift yet. I probably should have waited, lol.
  8. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Since its been brought up in this thread before, this photo looking straight down a NYC gives you an idea of what that old canvas flat next to Big Bird's nest prior to Season 30 was supposed to look like:

    Again, because we always saw that flat at an angle, it gives the false impression/illusion that the stret beyond Big Bird's nest went uphill, when it actually wasn't. There are some rare occasions where when looking at the right angle (such as certain shots in Elmo's remake of ABC-DEF-GHI), you can properly see how it's intended to give the illusion that the street extends much longer.
  9. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    Do you have a picture of those? I didn't think those were cigar boxes but old wooden bottle cases from back in the day. They had handles. Is that what you are talking about or am I wrong?
  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Whatever they were, they were usually kind of unsightly.
  11. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Has anyone else noticed that the differently colored glass panes in Abby's garden only lasted for one year, and have just been colorless since then? I wonder what that's all about; David Gallo pointed out the panes were painted different colors to make it look as if different members of the community painted them while putting the garden together.
  12. somethingofafan

    somethingofafan Well-Known Member

    If I had to guess, I would guess that it the colorless panes would allow the characters to stand out more, rather than the focus being on the scenery itself.
  13. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    I never did noticed that. Great find D
  14. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    Remember how the first season had the generic beige background with trash cans outside of Ernie and Bert's apartment?
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  15. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    Yep. Then it changed several years down the line. They would sometime show the trash cans but after a while they got rid of them. There's an episode where Bert thinks he sees Snuffy outside his window. I've always wanted to see that one. There's only audio for that show as of right now.
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  16. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    There's been occasions where you see a tree outside their window.
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