Thomas Edison Hand Puppet

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Description (Brief)
Made of soft plush fabric and stuffed with batting, this large arm puppet represents Thomas Edison, one of the three puppets created to appear in the Lemelson Center program The Renaissance Man, a celebration of the 150th birthday of Lewis Latimer (1848-1928) an African American scientist, inventor and engineer.
The Dorothy and Jerome Lemelson Center, established at the Museum of American History in 1995 history in 1995 is dedicated to developing programs to interest and stimulate young people to study and explore the sciences of invention and innovation. is dedicated to developing programs to interest and stimulate young people to study and explore . In addition to Edison, Lemelson Center commissioned the Brewery Troupe of Freeport New York to create Lewis Latimer,and Frederick Douglas to be part of this program.
The Brewery Troupe was founded in 1973 by Brad Brewer, an accomplished puppeteer who trained under Jim Henson and performed puppet shows on TV and stage. The Brewery Troupe's goal is to interpret African American literature, music and humor through the art of the puppet the aster. Latimer is one of three puppets Latimer was the only African American member of the Edison Pioneers, the engineering division of the Edison Company.
Currently not on view
Date made
transferring agency
Lemelson Center
Edison, Thomas Alva
Brewery Troupe, Inc.
Brewery Troupe, Inc.
place made
United States: New York, Freeport
Associated Place
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
fabric (overall material)
overall: 114.5 cm x 48.25 cm; 45 1/16 in x 19 in
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accession number
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Science & Scientific Instruments
African American
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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