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During the first season of Sesame Street, several animated inserts were produced called Speech Balloon,[1] in which a character says a letter and a word that begins with that letter. The word appears in a word balloon, accompanied by an image.

According to the book Children and Television: Lessons from Sesame Street, these segments were inspired by the Muppet piece "Visual Thinking" as performed on The Ed Sullivan Show.

As part of the show's bilingual project, certain segments also aired on Sesame Street in Spanish.

Season 1 (1969-1970)


Picture Segment First Description
Aisforape
A - Ape
Episode 0006
Included in This Way to Sesame Street.
An ape appears with a menacing expression. Later, the ape wears a wig and plays "Tiptoe Through the Tulips"' on his ukulele.
Toon.Butterfly
B - Butterfly
Episode 0006 A man catches a butterfly in a net, only to find himself captured into another net.
Cat toon2
C - Cat
Episode 0029 After a dog trots into the balloon, a cat angrily boots him out.
SSTS-30
D - Dog
Episode 0016
Included in Sesame Street Test Show 1.
The roles between dog and master are reversed.
1446d
E - Egg
Episode 0002
Included in This Way to Sesame Street.
A cow hatches a chick, which says, "Moo."
Noimage
F - Fly
Episode 0032 A man attempts to dislodge a fly with a swatter, but ends up smacking himself in the face instead.
Gorilla toon2
G - Gorilla
Episode 0085 A man appears instead of a gorilla, but then he unzips his costume, revealing himself to be a gorilla, which growls.


Video: Learning About Letters

Hisforhole
H - Hole
Episode 0080 A boy gets a pie in the face when he looks out of his speech balloon.
3161s
I - Ice cream
Episode 0033 An ice cream scoop scoops up a bowl of ice cream, runs away with the ice cream container leaving ice cream on the boy's face.
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J - Jam
Episode 0012 A little boy gets jam poured all over him from within the balloon. But he doesn't mind -- it's strawberry, his favorite flavor.
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K - Key
Episode 0040 A man puts a key into a keyhole, but instead of just opening a door, he opens the entire front of his house. His wife calls to him from the bathtub, "Close the house, Leonard!"


Video: Learning About Letters

Lisforlunchbox
L - Lunchbox
Episode 0031 When the box is opened, a jack-in-the-box head pops out.
M-Mail
M - Mailbox
Episode 0013
Included in This Way to Sesame Street.
A hand reaches out of the mailbox, attaches a stamp to the man's forehead, and pulls him into the box.
SB--NNail
N - Nail
Episode 0040 A man pulls a nail out of his speech balloon.
Opencartoon
O - Open
Episode 0014 After the man steps into the bubble through a door on the side, the bubble slams shut and cannot be opened.
Noimage
P - Pin
Episode 0054 An abstract woman pushes a pin into her balloon, bursting it.
SB-Rabbit
R - Rabbit
Episode 0014
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S - Snake
Episode 0063 A snake charmer plays a tune on his recorder; the snake doesn't enjoy the tune and decides to play another tune on the recorder. Also in Spanish (serpiente).
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T - Train
Episode 0022 A railroad engineer catches a ride on a train.
SpeechBalloon.Umbrella
U - Umbrella
Episode 0038
SpeechBalloon.V
V - Violin
Episode 0052 A musician plays a violin, which makes a sawing noise and instantly breaks in two.
SB--WWater
W - Water
Episode 0062 A man's speech balloon becomes a water cooler.
Noimage
X - X-Ray
Episode 0064 A bald man steps behind an x-ray machine.
Cartoonyoyo
Y - Yo-Yo
Episode 0036 After snipping a boy's yo-yo with scissors, a man becomes the boy's makeshift yo-yo.
ZforZipper
Z - Zipper
Episode 0025 The balloon unzips and falls onto the speaker.

Later Seasons


Picture Segment EKA Description
SpeechBalloonBBug
B - Bug
A woman sprays an insect, which fights back with a cannon.


Online: Sesame Street Video Player

C- Cap
C - Cap
Episode 0573 A man puts on an oversized cap.
SB--CCarrot
C - Carrot
Episode 2402


Online: Sesame Street Video Player

E-End
E - End
Episode 2164
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H - Horse
Episode 2682 The horse rides on the cowboy.
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I - Iron
Episode 0815 An iron irons the word.
Speechballoon.Island
I - Island
Episode 2727 A man discovers that he is standing on the head of a crocodile.
SpeechBalloonLLight
L - Light
A man turns on a light, interrupting another man's sleep. Also in Spanish (luz).
Lisforlips
L - Lips
Episode 0198 A large pair of lips smooches a man.


Online: Sesame Street Video Player

1845p
L - Loud
Episode 1845
Speechballoon.Up
U - Up
Episode 1899 Two men demonstrate "up" on a teeter totter; one man ends up crashing through the ceiling.

Sources

  1. Lesser, Gerald Children and Television: Lessons from Sesame Street

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