Monday, February 27, 2012

Gunsmoke / Tales of Wells Fargo Streetfront

Marx was able to get double duty out of quite a few of its playset centerpiece tin-litho pieces and this gem of a streetfront is no exception appearing in 'Gunsmoke' and 'Tales of Wells Fargo'. Of the two shows, 'Gunsmoke' was clearly the most beloved having been on radio from 1952 to 1962 and on television for 20 seasons from 1955 to 1975. Featuring James Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon it was the longest running prime time television drama. 'Tales of Wells Fargo', while popular, only ran from 1957 to 1962. It starred Dale Robertson as Wells Fargo Special Agent Jim Hardie, the left-handed gun - an unusual sight on prime time Westerns. 

The tin-litho building measuring 25 1/2" (64.8cm) L x 4" (10.2cm) W x 5" (12.7cm) H, has a fully detailed interior and would have come with a nice complement of dark brown hard plastic accessories - which I don't have :-(  In any case, as always - Enjoy!