File puptcrit/puptcrit.0909, message 146


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Date: Tue, 8 Sep 2009 20:21:59 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] colonial times


My understanding is that rod puppets did not become popular until the  
early 20th century. I could be wrong. Rod-marionettes, on the other  
hand, were the rule as opposed to all-string marionettes - which were  
only used for trick marionette acts. All-string marionette shows did  
not become popular until the late 19th century.  I agree that shadow  
puppets and hand puppets were also around along with the rod- 
marionettes during the colonial period.

Fred Greenspan - Traditional Puppeteer
Ossining, New York
http://www.traditionalpuppetry.com
Punch & Judy, Italian marionettes, flea circus

On Sep 8, 2009, at 8:10 PM, Christopher Hudert wrote:

> Now I'm no historian, but I would venture a safe bet is
>
> Shadow puppets
> Marionettes
> Hand Puppets
> Toy Theatre
> Rod Puppets (though maybe fairly simple)
>
> Certainly shadow or toy theatre would be a workshop that would be
> simple enough to do in a relatively short time. If you have more time,
> of course, you could get more involved.
>
> As to supplies, that would depend on how historically accurate it
> needed to be. It's possible that it only needs to be the type and  
> look,
> or they may want authentic type materials (a printer copy of era dress
> on modern paper vs a wood block or hand drawn, natural dyes on hand
> made paper). The more authentic the need, the more you should be
> charging for the workshop as there will be more research involved and
> odds are the costs of the materials may be higher. (Unless you are
> using corn husks. You might get those pretty cheap.)
>
> But that's just my opinion.
>
> Christopher
>
> On Sep 8, 2009, at 2:19 PM, Puppet People wrote:
>
>> I have been contacted by  a historical  society to do a colonial era
>> puppet
>> building workshop. Does anybody know what kind of puppet was popular
>> back
>> then? What supplies they used?
>>
>> Thanks Michelle
>
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