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Pelham Puppets and Marionettes
By Euphrates
Pelham Marionette Bob Pelham made some of the world's greatest puppets and marionettes, from 1947 right into the '80s. Pelham Puppets are considered the cream-of-the-crop and are highly sought after by collectors and even professional puppeteers for their quality in construction and appearance.

Most of the puppets are about 12-inches tall and constructed of wood. Some have plastic legs or feet. The figures are generally modeled after popular storybook characters, English TV personalities and everyday people. Pelham made hundreds of different characters with many box, body, stringing, material and control stick variations. Here are a couple of partial lists of puppet types and characters:

Puppet Types

SL - Molded Head
SS - Standard Stringed
LS - Half Ball Feet
LA - T-Bar Control
LB - T-Bar Control
DL - Deluxe
SM - Opening Mouth
GL - Glove
LL - 18 Inch
LM - 18 Inch

Partial List of Vintage Pelham Puppets and Marionettes

Alice in Wonderland Characters
Ballet Dancer
Bank Manager
Bull
Caesar
Camel
Chef
Chinese Man & Woman
Cinderella
Clown
Colonel Beetroot
Cowgirl
Dandy
Demon
Dog
Donald Duck
Dragon
Duck
Dutch Girl
Elephant
Fairy
Foal
Gollowog
Goofy
Gypsy Girl
Hansel and Gretel
Harlequin
Harris Tweed
Howdy Doody
Howdy Doody - Mr. Bluster
Huntsman
Lettice Leaf
MacBoozle
Magic Roundabout - Mr. Rusty
Merlin
Mermaid
Mickey Mouse
Minister
Minstrel
Minnie Mouse
Mitzi
Mr. Turnip Characters
Mumbo
Naughty Boy & Girl
Old Lady
Parrot
Pinky the Pig
Pinocchio
Pirate
Policeman
Poodle
Pop Singer (Beatles Influenced)
Russian Man & Woman
Sailor
Sarah Sweede
Sea Horse
Skeleton
The Boy!
The Wombles Characters
Thunderbirds Characters
Thunderbirds
Villain
Witch
Wolf
Zumbo

You can pick up a nice Pelham marionette today for as little as $25 or as much as $750, depending on the year the puppet was manufactured and the scarcity and popularity of the character. You can find more info on Pelham puppets at Pelham Puppets Online.

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