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Puppet caricatures often portrayed famous people

Posted by quotes on October 5, 2006

The Columbus Dispatch has a column this week on ANTIQUES AND COLLECTING which discusses the use of hand puppets to mimic famous people.

Puppet caricatures often portrayed famous people

Sunday, October 01, 2006
RALPH AND TERRY KOVEL
 
KING FEATURES SYNDICATE 
These hand puppets representing President Kennedy and Soviet Premier Khrushchev sold recently for $312. 
 
 

Puppets existed in the 1300s, but the only record of them is from some illustrations and stories. By the 16 th century, puppet shows similar to the later Punch-and-Judy shows existed.

Puppets became well-known during the 18 th century. Some were made as caricatures of famous people and were used in shows with political messages. Paper and cardboard were used to make the puppets.

During the 19 th century, puppet shows became popular, especially the slapstick Punch and Judy shows in which the man, Punch, comically fights with his wife, Judy.

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