This Howdy Doody marionette was made by Peter Puppet Playthings, Inc in the 1950's. The molded head, hands (gloves) and feet (boots) are made of a composite material and the body is made of two blocks of wood and wooden rods for legs. The head is colorfully painted with Howdy's bright red hair and freckles and he is dressed in his cowboy outfit.
The clothing is made of cotton; blue trousers and a green and red plaid shirt with paper coverings over the shoes to replicate boots. Over the plaid shirt is a purple neckerchief and pleated garters on the sleeves.
Measures about 15 1/2" tall.
In very nice condition with just a few minor scuffs and several light lines of linear crazing on the movable jaw. The coloring remains bright and the clothing is in nice condition. Not mint but very nice. The strings are all present and seem to be the right length as the puppet hangs correctly. Notice the black electric tape on the controller. There is a looped string that fastens to both sides of the head but is not connected to the controller and we are not sure how this is manipulated. It stays in position if it is looped around the plastic ring that works the jaw.
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