From the M*A*S*H Library 17: “Entertainment Nation”

What is it? Cohen, Kenneth and John W. Troutman, eds. Entertainment Nation: How Music, Television, Film, Sports, and Theater Shaped the United States. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Books, 2022. Why should M*A*S*H fans care? The Smithsonian is currently displaying (2023) the M*A*S*H signpost, and the exhibit catalog features the signpost and discusses M*A*S*H in its introduction. As a M*A*S*H fan,Continue reading “From the M*A*S*H Library 17: “Entertainment Nation””

MishM*A*S*H 17: M*A*S*H Signpost at the Smithsonian

In late January, I had the opportunity to visit the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. In December, a new exhibit featuring objects from television, movies, sports, music, and more opened at the museum. Entitled “Entertainment Nation,” the exhibit explores entertainment in the United States from the mid-1800s to the modern era. ThisContinue reading “MishM*A*S*H 17: M*A*S*H Signpost at the Smithsonian”

MishM*A*S*H 13: M*A*S*H Signpost Returning to the Smithsonian

After M*A*S*H ended in 1983, the Smithsonian Institute requested several items from the series for its permanent collection. The National Museum of American History then produced a highly successful exhibit, “M*A*S*H: Binding Up the Wounds,” which ran from July 30, 1983 through February 3, 1985 (I have written posts on the exhibit souvenir program andContinue reading “MishM*A*S*H 13: M*A*S*H Signpost Returning to the Smithsonian”

MishM*A*S*H 2: Smithsonian Set Piece Souvenir

After viewing the “M*A*S*H: Binding Up the Wounds” exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of American History, you would have likely visited the gift shop to see what M*A*S*H items you could take home. Earlier this month, I wrote about the Smithsonian Exhibit Catalog, but there were other items you could purchase including posters, shirts,Continue reading “MishM*A*S*H 2: Smithsonian Set Piece Souvenir”

Press Pass 2: Opening the Smithsonian Exhibit

Shorty after M*A*S*H ended on February 28, 1983, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History announced that it would display key objects from the series in an exhibit titled “M*A*S*H: Binding Up the Wounds.” The exhibit would be a huge a success being extended twice and hosting over one million visitors. The focus of today’sContinue reading “Press Pass 2: Opening the Smithsonian Exhibit”

MishM*A*S*H 1: Smithsonian Exhibit Catalog

When the production of a television series or movie comes to end, the objects on set are typically returned to a prop house to be used on other sets. Items that were custom made and unique to the production that can not be used again may be given away or even thrown away. Some setsContinue reading “MishM*A*S*H 1: Smithsonian Exhibit Catalog”