It's a shame that so much Punch history has been lost. Because we are only after all very small community, having no well funded organisation that can handle research this will continue.
In a recent post on Sunny Huddersfield, topic went towards old puppets. I had met Pat Plant who told me my Ghost, Doctor, and I realised also a Blackman, Hangman and beadle were all by Franlin Spence , who greatl influence Bryan Clarke. I find this type of history so interesting.
David Wilde asked about origin of my Punch and some Quisto figures.
I've tried in the past to research the history, and had a go again recently.
I got a job lot of almost 3 sets of puppets about 20 years ago. I was told at the time that they had been used up in the North East, and along the coast up above Whitby. They were a mix of Wal Kent, the punch has just retired, Quisto, and what I now know are Franklin Spence. There wasthe remains of a fit up, and a backcloth and props.
I tried quite recently to contact the local newspaper in Middlesborough, their sort of nostalgia section, and asked them for any help they could come up with. Heard nothing so far.
Anyway, the Punch is rather similar in size and style to David's Hancock Punch, ther is a large Quisto Dragon, and the only clues to go on are the name 'D.Tipper' embrodered into the costume of a small monkey, and the backcloth of a street scene, now sold, had the name 'Kilbourn' written on, possibly the signature. It looked from the condition and sparse info given that these figures had been used up until theearly 1960s and then packed away.
Do the names Tipper and Kilbourn ring a bell with anyone?
I wonder if the PJF could send out a press release to a chunk of local newpapers asking if readers had Punch memories, and photos, especially if they knew the Prof, suppose it could be done by email, but busy people might stop and give more consideration to an actual letter, suitably illustrated, just a thought.