Monday, April 13, 2009

Princess Pet, Pt. 2

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

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

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.

An introductory page presented a short synopsis of the plot: “This is the story of some of the strange and wonderful things that happen in the beautiful Kingdom of Prince Pet in the Land of the Ice Cream Star. Nearby lies the Black Forest, a wicked, wicked place. The ruler of the forest is the Wicked Duke, who many years ago placed a curse upon the forest because Princess Pet’s mother, the Queen, refused to become his bride. If even the tiniest shadow of Black Forest falls upon you, you become enchanted.”

The most dazzling sketch in Volume 1 was a full color page offering a panoramic view of Ice Cream Star. The text contained a colorful description of the frozen fantasyland: “Layers of soft, filmy clouds floated and sparkled in the warm sunlight. Everywhere around them were lakes of rich, fresh cream, rivers of bubbling chocolate and mound after mound of cherries, nuts, pineapples, peaches, coconuts and strawberries.” The tiny elf-like workers, dressed in bright jackets, were “hustling and working everywhere – churning and turning, hopping and chopping, icing and slicing – making delicious Pet Ice Cream.”

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


At 8:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a copy of The Adventures of Princess Pet Volume 1. If anyone out there has Volume Two for sale I'd love to hear from you. I treasured these stories so much! We never heard the radio show but my older cousin Jewell would read us stories of Princess Pet. We never tired of hearing them! Thanks for a sweet memory!


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