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Friday, 24 December, 2010 5:58 PM

PHOTOS: The DIA Opens new Puppet Gallery featuring Howdy Doody

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The new permanent gallery features hand, shadow, and string puppets from the museum’s Paul McPharlin Puppetry Collection. The collection comprises more than 800 puppets, and the array of puppets on view will change every six months.

 

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Puppets from the book, The Marvelous Land of Oz

 

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The puppets will be displayed in innovative cases with programmable lighting that can create unique scenic effects to fit the mood of each puppet group, allowing original stages and backdrops to also be on view.

 

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Rare 18th-century American and Italian hand puppets and iconic string marionettes, including the original Howdy Doody—used in the 1940s during the early years of broadcast television—are included in this opening exhibition in the new puppet gallery.

 

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