File puptcrit/puptcrit.0803, message 420

Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2008 13:39:22 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] WW II puppets

some photos, please?

if you don';t have a hosting site, flickr works really well for this.



On Mar 26, 2008, at 1:31 PM, wrote:

> Alan mentioned puppets made by Estonian refugees that might be in New
> Jersey.  Well, the Lakewood, NJ area has a large Estonian  
> community, and
> an Estonian church as well.  Back in the 1980's I visited that  
> church to
> have a look at a large trunk filled with wooden marionettes made in
> Estonia during the 1920's.  They were the work of Oskar Seliaru,  
> who came
> to this country, worked as a dishwasher in a restaurant, and died  
> before
> he could establish himself as a puppeteer.  The trunk of puppets  
> were kept
> in a disheveled room of books - no particular order, but called a  
> library.
>  There was also a scrapbook of Seliaru's career in Estonia.
> An elderly man looked after the place and he gave me the puppets -  
> about
> 50.  "Here, bring them to life."  He kept the scrapbook.
> Later that year, I performed a play based on an old folk tale with  
> those
> marionettes at the Estonian House (a kind of social club) on East 34th
> Street in Manhattan.  It was very well attended, and I was thanked
> profusely.
> I had an article written for an Estonian newspaper, asking for more
> information about Oskar Seliaru.  No one responded.  I still have the
> marionettes.
> Robert Rogers
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