Captain Kangaroo Artifacts Set to Go on Auction Block

He loomed large to generations of young TV watchers – but turns out he was really only a size 40.

Artifacts from the Captain Kangaroo show, a CBS morning fixture from 1955 to 1984, are going on the auction block May 21, the Los Angeles-based Nate D. Sanders Auctions announced Monday.

The Captain’s trademark navy blue jacket jacket with brass buttons, oversized pockets and gray piping is included in a list of more than 500 items to be sold to the highest bidder. Later, once color TV became popular, the Captain donned a red jacket – also for sale.

Spring Service for Captain Kangaroo

Captain Kangaroo, adored by generations of children and their parents, will not be forgotten. A private service is being planned for Bob Keeshan, to take place this spring, his son, Michael Keeshan, tells the Associated Press.

The elder Keeshan, 76, whose “Captain Kangaroo” premiered on CBS in October 1955 and was a TV fixture for nearly 40 years, died Friday in Vermont after a long illness.

Michael Keeshan says a private service for family and friends is being planned for March or April, with a location still to be determined.

'Captain Kangaroo,' Bob Keeshan, Dies

Bob Keeshan, 76, who entertained generations of children as the mustachioed star of “Captain Kangaroo,” died Friday morning in Vermont after a long illness, a family friend tells CNN.

“Captain Kangaroo” debuted in 1955 and ran for 30 years on CBS before moving to public television, where it played alongside the likes of “Sesame Street” and “Mister Rogers” for six more years. The show won six Emmy Awards, three Gabriels and three Peabodies.