Sunday, April 12, 2009

Princess Pet, Pt. 1

Originally published in the March, 2009, Old Radio Times.(

Princess Pet on Radio Was Memorable Program During Early 50s
Box Cox

I recall a delightful Saturday morning children’s program over WJHL radio from about 1951 to 1953 titled The Adventures of Princess Pet. The sponsor was Pet Dairy Products, a Johnson City-based business that began operation in 1929 at 106 S. Boone Street. The company produced 111 delightful 15-minute episodes.

I attribute my attraction for the radio series to my fondness for Brown Mules, vanilla ice cream bars coated with chocolate, and Brown Bears, solid chocolate ice milk bars. Both were produced on a splinterless wooden stick. I favored the stubborn hybrid work animal over the shaggy carnivorous mammal but eagerly wolfed down both. The frozen delights each cost a nickel - half of my weekly allowance.

In addition to the weekly radio programs, the company published two 36-page, eight-chapter, color/b&w booklets titled “The Adventures of Princess Pet,” Volumes 1 and 2. Each volume contained a list of the “Royal Commands of Princess Pet” to her youthful listening audience, offering one per month such as always tell the truth, bring home a good report card, keep your room neat, look both ways before crossing a street; and regularly attend Sunday School.

- This article first appeared in the Johnson City Press, Tennessee on January 1, 2008 and is reprinted by permission of the author.


At 8:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you would like to see the actual book of one of these Princess Pet Books. You can find it here ( ) Just look under the Books Category and youll find it. Unfortunately, the one they have is sold.

At 8:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While going through a box of very old comic books, I found this book titled, " The Adventures of Princess Pet". I googled this and found this story of how this book came about. I Have Volume II. I havent read this yet but am very anxious to do so! Thank you so much for this information!

At 1:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not one, but two copies of Volume 2 has slipped through my hands. I was given the first book when I was 4, the second copy when I was 5 or 6. My mom threw out both copies. I have tracked down a Volume 1, and purchased it for $60.00. I treasure it, but it's not the same. :(

At 8:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mother just passed away and while going through some of her things I came across Volume One of "the Adventures of Princess Pet".I feel that for sixty years old it is in good shape. What I would like to know is if anyone would be interested in purchasing this book. If so, you could email me at: Thank you for your time.

At 8:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My father has one of these books and was wondering if any one knows there condition with certification

At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know where I can find A Volume 1 of Princess Pet?

At 10:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know where I can find A volume 1 of Princess Pet? I would to purchase it for my great aunt's 77th birthday next month & hers burnt up in her home back in the early 50's when she was about 15 & it would make her day to find a book of princess pet.


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