MATERIAL: Cardboard
TYPE: TV/Movie Props
DIMENSIONS: 48 in. diameter.
CONDITION: It exhibits moderate wear commensurate with its age, construction, and production use, but remains in good condition overall.
NOTES: From the The Comisar Collection. The Comisar Collection, Inc. is the most comprehensive archive of original television costumes, props, sets, and related ephemera extant. Since its inception in 1989, the collection’s mission has been to conserve and celebrate television’s tangible history, and its artifacts span the history of television from the first flickering moments of the broadcast medium to what was on TV last night.

Acquired from the Al Schwartz estate.
ITEM ID: 5468
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A Large Rotary Telephone Dial Game Show Prize Board

DATE
Decade: 1950s
Century: 20th (1901-2000)
Notes: c 1950s

Large rotary telephone dial game board on heavy-duty pressed cardboard and features prize values applied around the edge of the dial ranging from $25 to $1000 in black and red as well as “pair”, “2 pair,” “three of a kind,” etc. hand-painted in black where each numeral would be on a rotary dial, likely from Dial M for Money.

This game show pilot of the mid- to late-1950s was created by Al Schwartz, though it likely did not make it to series.

ARTISTS
Name: Albert Schwartz
Type: Artist
Artists Dates: 29 November 1910 – 25 March 1988
Artist Information: Albert Schwartz (29 November 1910 – 25 March 1988) was an American screenwriter, television producer, and director. He was a writer for The Red Skelton Show, where he and other writers won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in 1961 and were nominated for the same award in 1962.  He also wrote scripts for The Jackie Gleason Show, The Milton Berle Show, The Brady Bunch, Gilligan's Island, Petticoat Junction, and other television shows and made-for-TV movies throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Earlier in his career, Schwartz wrote for Bob Hope's radio program, The Pepsodent Show Starring Bob Hope. He was the brother of Sherwood Schwartz, the creator and producer of Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch, and Elroy Schwartz, a comedy and television writer.