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Howdy Doody Finger Puppets

Howdy Doody Finger Puppets

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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. (On the television show Bob Keeshen, known for his role of Captain Kangaroo, played the mute clown Clara Bell).
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.
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Object Name
Date made
previous owner
Rollins, Hazelle H.
Molded Latex Products, Inc.
Molded Latex Products, Inc.
place made
United States: New Jersey, Paterson
Associated Place
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
rubber (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
cardboard (overall material)
overall: 6 in x 2 in x 2 in; 15.24 cm x 5.08 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
From Anne W. and John W. Rollins
Radio and television broadcasting
Television broadcasts
Children's television programs
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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