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Reddy Kilowatt Hand Puppet

Reddy Kilowatt Hand Puppet

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This hand puppet of the character “Reddy Kilowatt” has lightning bolts for limbs and a light bulb for a nose. First created in 1926 by Ashton B. Collins of the Alabama Power Company, Reddy Kilowatt served as a licensed spokes-character for privately-owned electric utilities. Designed to put a friendly face on electricity, Reddy was used to advance a variety of electrical messages, first encouraging electricity adoption, then electrical safety and efficiency. Collins also used the character to promote his conservative political views. Reddy appeared in print advertisements, animated shorts, films, TV ads, and a variety of licensed merchandise.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
advertising
puppet
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 9 1/4 in x 6 1/2 in x in; 23.495 cm x 16.51 cm x.0254 cm
ID Number
2013.0047.11
accession number
2013.0047
catalog number
2013.0047.11
Credit Line
from Xcel Energy
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Advertising
American Enterprise
Energy & Power
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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