Howdy Doody Finger Puppets

Description (Brief):

These three finger puppets are part of child's toy set based on characters from the popular children's television series, The Howdy Doody Show that aired from 1947-1960. The puppets include Howdy Doody the cowboy, Phineas T. Butler the mayor, and Clara Bell the clown.

Description (Brief)

Made of soft molded latex, the heads are attached to a paper body with a cardboard backing printed to look like clothing. There is a small hole at the bottom of the head for your finger. Originally, the set was packaged in a cardboard box that doubled as a stage. The popularity of Howdy Doody created a sensation and this toy set was just one of many toys created to market the show to children.

Date Made: 1947 - 1960

Previous Owner: Rollins, Hazelle H.Manufacturer: Molded Latex Products, Inc.Maker: Molded Latex Products, Inc.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New Jersey, PatersonAssociated Place: United States: New York, New York

General Subject Association: PuppetryRadio and television broadcastingSubject: Television broadcastsChildren's television programsConsumerismGeneral Subject Association: TelevisionSubject: Toys


See more items in: Culture and the Arts: Entertainment, Puppets


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Anne W. and John W. Rollins, Jr.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1980.0910.10Accession Number: 1980.0910Catalog Number: 1980.0910.10

Object Name: puppet

Physical Description: rubber (overall material)fabric (overall material)cardboard (overall material)Measurements: overall: 6 in x 2 in x 2 in; 15.24 cm x 5.08 cm x 5.08 cm


Record Id: nmah_662709

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