Origin/history of these puppets and booths

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Origin/history of these puppets and booths

Postby WendyMason » 06 Jun 2014, 11:53

Hi

I wonder if anyone can tell me anything about these puppets and booths? The pictures where taken mid 90s :D :D :D

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Re: Origin/history of these puppets and booths

Postby James » 07 Jun 2014, 11:47

The Punch and Judy puppets are commercially available, mass produced copies of a pair of Bob Wade puppets that were imported from Indonesia in the 90s.

The first booth (and I think the second too) was advertised for sale in 2002. It was advertised as a Victorian style booth. I can't remember the name of the seller, but I do remember printing off the advert. I think Geoff Felix may have it in his archive.
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Re: Origin/history of these puppets and booths

Postby Chris » 07 Jun 2014, 18:42

Those puppets based on Wades were rather pretty. The heads were well carved, but the wood rather soft. But if I remember correctly they had rather strangely shaped cloth hands, sort of mittens but bearing little relationship to the shape of a hand.
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Re: Origin/history of these puppets and booths

Postby Nick Jackson » 08 Jun 2014, 00:10

And both puppets were cast from the same mould and then just dressed differently.
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Re: Origin/history of these puppets and booths

Postby WendyMason » 08 Jun 2014, 09:13

Wow that is amazing that the booths are still out there somewhere! I would love to buy them back.

I know that my dad carved the baby and the skeleton.

I never noticed that Punch and Judy's face was the same!

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Re: Origin/history of these puppets and booths

Postby Chris » 08 Jun 2014, 12:01

Well actually mine, as I remember them, were carved in wood Nick, not cast. They were certainly copied from Wade's figures, but were smaller than the originals. I gave mine to a young prof. and I think Miraiker carved hands for them and probably redressed them.
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Re: Origin/history of these puppets and booths

Postby Nick Jackson » 08 Jun 2014, 16:22

Yes, Chris, you're right – they were wooden. I, too, gave mine to a young prof. Do hope he enjoyed them!
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