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Puppets Collection

"Puppets: A Timeless Art Form Unveiling Endless Possibilities" Step into the enchanting world of puppets, where strings come alive and imagination knows no bounds

Background imagePuppets Collection: Pelham puppets

Pelham puppets
Five puppets by the famous, puppet making family business, Pelham, in a stage setting contrived of cardboard painted with distemper mixed with Alabastine

Background imagePuppets Collection: Fulton Mackay and Sprocket, filming in Cornwall

Fulton Mackay and Sprocket, filming in Cornwall
The actor Fulton Mackay (1922-1987) and Sprocket, filming the TV series Fraggle Rock at St Anthonys Lighthouse near Falmouth, Cornwall

Background imagePuppets Collection: Music cover for Two Marionettes Polka

Music cover for Two Marionettes Polka, composed by May Ostlere. Two puppets (without strings!) are depicted dancing on a small stage, framed by red and gold curtains

Background imagePuppets Collection: Punch & Judy in Street

Punch & Judy in Street
Grown-ups and children gather round a Punch & Judy in the street

Background imagePuppets Collection: Hogarth / British Stage

Hogarth / British Stage
A JUST VIEW OF THE BRITISH STAGE or Three heads are better than one, scene Newgate

Background imagePuppets Collection: Filming Thunderbirds

Filming Thunderbirds
Filming the classic 1960s series Thunderbirds, a British mid-1960s science fiction television show devised by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and made by AP Films

Background imagePuppets Collection: Mr Punch and Toby

Mr Punch and Toby
Punch and Toby

Background imagePuppets Collection: Ken Dodd in the Diddy Village with the props for his new children show for the BBC

Ken Dodd in the Diddy Village with the props for his new children show for the BBC, pictures taken at the BBC Dickenson Road Studios. 4th November 1968

Background imagePuppets Collection: Filming Thunderbirds

Filming Thunderbirds
Filming the classic 1960s series Thunderbirds, a British mid-1960s science fiction television show devised by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and made by AP Films

Background imagePuppets Collection: Punch and Judy

Punch and Judy
Children gather to watch a Punch and Judy show

Background imagePuppets Collection: Punch, Toby, Clown

Punch, Toby, Clown
Mr Punch with Toby the dog and a clown

Background imagePuppets Collection: Punch Throws Baby (Anon)

Punch Throws Baby (Anon)
Mr Punch throws the baby in the air

Background imagePuppets Collection: Punch, Judy, Baby

Punch, Judy, Baby
Punch, Judy and the baby

Background imagePuppets Collection: Filming Thunderbirds

Filming Thunderbirds
Filming the classic 1960s series Thunderbirds, a British mid-1960s science fiction television show devised by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and made by AP Films

Background imagePuppets Collection: Luciano Pavarotti. Creator: Dan Springer

Luciano Pavarotti. Creator: Dan Springer
Luciano Pavarotti

Background imagePuppets Collection: Sicilian Puppets

Sicilian Puppets
Artist: Freedman, Barnett - Title: Sicilian Puppets - Date: 1933 - Original Medium and Size: Oil on Canvas 100.3 x 62.2

Background imagePuppets Collection: Record Sleeve, Pinky and Perky

Record Sleeve, Pinky and Perky
78rpm Record Sleeve, Pinky and Perky, the sensational TV singing stars. 1958

Background imagePuppets Collection: Punch and Judy show on the beach, Cornwall

Punch and Judy show on the beach, Cornwall
Children watching a Punch and Judy show on the beach, Cornwall. Date: circa 1970s

Background imagePuppets Collection: Puppet show seen from inside the box

Puppet show seen from inside the box
Au Bon Marche - puppet show seen from inside the box - a man with two glove puppets. (1 of 2) Date: circa 1890s

Background imagePuppets Collection: Wayang puppet theatre and Gamelan Orchestra - Java

Wayang puppet theatre and Gamelan Orchestra - Java
Wayang - Javanese puppet theatre (sometimes the puppet itself is referred to as wayang). Performances of shadow puppet theatre are accompanied by a gamelan orchestra in Java (now Indonesia)

Background imagePuppets Collection: Chinese Puppet Theatre

Chinese Puppet Theatre
A street puppet show. The automaton figures are operated by a set of strings

Background imagePuppets Collection: Puppets in shop, Old Town, Prague, Czech Republic, Europe

Puppets in shop, Old Town, Prague, Czech Republic, Europe

Background imagePuppets Collection: Punch & Judy / Jarvis

Punch & Judy / Jarvis
Watching a Punch & Judy show in a park

Background imagePuppets Collection: Punch & Judy (Crane)

Punch & Judy (Crane)
Punch and Judy show entertains small audience

Background imagePuppets Collection: Napoleon at St Helena, guarded by the British (colour litho)

Napoleon at St Helena, guarded by the British (colour litho)
3091136 Napoleon at St Helena, guarded by the British (colour litho) by Job, pseudonym for Onfray de Breville, Jacques (1858-1931); Private Collection; (add.info.: Napoleon at St Helena)

Background imagePuppets Collection: Gerry Anderson creator of Stingray and wife Sylvia

Gerry Anderson creator of Stingray and wife Sylvia

Background imagePuppets Collection: Indian Puppet Show for European Children

Indian Puppet Show for European Children
Kaut-pootlies, or Puppets exhibited by Native Jugglers, for the amusement of European children. (Plate 18 of 20). Date: 1813

Background imagePuppets Collection: Punch in Suburban St

Punch in Suburban St
Punch & Judy Show in a suburban street

Background imagePuppets Collection: PUNCH & JUDY / 1885

PUNCH & JUDY / 1885
A Punch and Judy show entertains a happy crowd of people at the seaside

Background imagePuppets Collection: Collection of water puppets, Hanoi, Vietnam, Indochina, Southeast Asia, Asia

Collection of water puppets, Hanoi, Vietnam, Indochina, Southeast Asia, Asia

Background imagePuppets Collection: Shadow puppets

Shadow puppets. Print shows two geishas entertaining a man, one is making shadow puppets and the other is playing a shamisen. Date between 1716 and 1741

Background imagePuppets Collection: Punch at Blackpool

Punch at Blackpool
A crowd gather to watch a Punch and Judy show in Blackpool

Background imagePuppets Collection: Punch at Okehampton

Punch at Okehampton
Punch & Judy show in a street in Okehampton, Devon

Background imagePuppets Collection: Puppets, Tournai

Puppets, Tournai
TOURNAI, Belgium Traditional Guignol de la Maison Tournaisienne (puppet theatre)

Background imagePuppets Collection: Guignol in French Park

Guignol in French Park
A dramatic moment in a Guignol performance in a French park : but the blase girl in the foreground has seen it before and knows how it will end

Background imagePuppets Collection: Watching Le Guignol

Watching Le Guignol
Children watching a Guignol show - a delightful variety of facial expressions !

Background imagePuppets Collection: Wooden Pinocchio puppets on sale, Florence, Italy

Wooden Pinocchio puppets on sale, Florence, Italy

Background imagePuppets Collection: Traditional Indonesian Wayang Golek puppets, Kraton palace, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Traditional Indonesian Wayang Golek puppets, Kraton palace, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Background imagePuppets Collection: Yoke the, traditional Burmese marionettes, on sale in the local market, Bagan, Mandalay

Yoke the, traditional Burmese marionettes, on sale in the local market, Bagan, Mandalay region, Myanmar

Background imagePuppets Collection: Devil Worship, from The Freemason, by Eugen Lennhoff, published 1932 (litho)

Devil Worship, from The Freemason, by Eugen Lennhoff, published 1932 (litho)
KW278020 Devil Worship, from The Freemason, by Eugen Lennhoff, published 1932 (litho); Private Collection

Background imagePuppets Collection: Tony Sarg and one of his dancing marionettes, 1928

Tony Sarg and one of his dancing marionettes, 1928
Tony Sarg (regarded as Americas puppet master and one of his dancing marionettes, 1928 Date: 1928

Background imagePuppets Collection: Cartoon, Parnell with Gladstone and Salisbury

Cartoon, Parnell with Gladstone and Salisbury
Cartoon, Charles Stewart Parnell, Irish Nationalist, with Gladstone and Salisbury as puppets, and Randolph Churchill looking over the top of a wall - Does Mr Parnell hope that in the next parliament

Background imagePuppets Collection: George Younger, 1st Viscount Younger, politician

George Younger, 1st Viscount Younger, politician
GEORGE YOUNGER 1st VISCOUNT YOUNGER (1851-1929) Politician

Background imagePuppets Collection: Mr Derek De Cora, who is giving Punch and Judy shows at the Tyneside Summer Exhibition

Mr Derek De Cora, who is giving Punch and Judy shows at the Tyneside Summer Exhibition, gives a close up view of two of the puppets to two girls. Exhibition Park, Newcastle. 23rd August 1963

Background imagePuppets Collection: Keith Harris, ventriloquist and dummy, Orville the Duck, 8th June 1983

Keith Harris, ventriloquist and dummy, Orville the Duck, 8th June 1983

Background imagePuppets Collection: The Goons, 29th March 1963. Peter Sellers, Spoke Milligan and Harry Secombe

The Goons, 29th March 1963. Peter Sellers, Spoke Milligan and Harry Secombe. First recording of new television series with puppets Major Denis Bloodnok, Eccles and Neddie Seagoon

Background imagePuppets Collection: Entertainer Shari Lewis with puppet Lamb Chop in her dressing room

Entertainer Shari Lewis with puppet Lamb Chop in her dressing room, backstage at at the London Palladium during the Royal Variety show rehearsals This is the first Royal Variety show to go out in

Background imagePuppets Collection: Colourful hand puppets for sale, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Colourful hand puppets for sale, Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan, Bukhara, Colourful hand puppets for sale



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"Puppets: A Timeless Art Form Unveiling Endless Possibilities" Step into the enchanting world of puppets, where strings come alive and imagination knows no bounds. From the iconic Pelham puppets to the unforgettable characters brought to life by Fulton Mackay and Sprocket in Cornwall, this captivating art form has captured hearts for generations. Intriguing melodies fill the air as marionettes gracefully dance across a stage, their movements synchronized with music like the mesmerizing Two Marionettes Polka album cover. Meanwhile, Punch & Judy take center stage on bustling streets, entertaining crowds with their timeless antics that have delighted audiences since Hogarth's era on British stages. Even beloved comedians like Ken Dodd couldn't resist the allure of puppetry. In Diddy Village, he masterfully wielded props for his new children's show on BBC, bringing joy to young viewers through vibrant characters such as Punch, Toby, and Clown. Puppetry's reach extends beyond traditional performances; it has even found its place in film sets. Behind-the-scenes glimpses reveal Thunderbirds being filmed with meticulous attention to detail. The magic unfolds as strings are pulled and intricate mechanisms bring these heroic marionettes to life before our eyes. Yet amidst all the laughter and wonderment lies a darker tale - "Punch Throws Baby" - an anonymous masterpiece showcasing Mr. Punch's mischievous nature while challenging societal norms through satire. This controversial piece reminds us that puppetry is not only about entertainment but also serves as a powerful medium for social commentary. Through it all remains one constant: Mr. Punch alongside his loyal companions Judy and Baby continue to captivate audiences worldwide with their timeless charm and misadventures that transcend language barriers. So let us celebrate puppets – those magical beings who transport us into realms unknown – whether they're gracing our screens or taking center stage under bright lights.