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.
date made
1934
user
Haines, Elizabeth L.
Haines, Frank D.
maker
Haines, Frank D.
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
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
ID Number
2007.0137.013.01
accession number
2007.0137
catalog number
2007.0137.013.01
subject
Puppetry
electricity
See more items in
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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