Reddy Kilowatt Marionette

Description
This is a marionette of the character “Reddy Kilowatt,” first created in 1926 by Ashton B. Collins of the Alabama Power Company. This Reddy Kilowatt puppet was made in 1934 by the husband-and-wife team of Elizabeth L. and Frank D. Haines for window display performances in the Philadelphia Electric showroom in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From the late 1930's to the 1950's puppets were a popular advertising medium. Puppeteers like the Haines’ utilized puppets in store window displays, motion pictures, and television shows to promote a wide array of businesses and products.
Object Name
puppet
Object Type
puppets
marionettes
date made
1934
user
Haines, Elizabeth L.
Haines, Frank D.
maker
Haines, Frank D.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
copper (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
paint (overall material)
glass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 17 in x 6 in x 4 in; 43.18 cm x 15.24 cm x 10.16 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
2007.0137.013.01
accession number
2007.0137
catalog number
2007.0137.013.01
subject
Puppetry
electricity
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Advertising
American Enterprise
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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