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formerly The Conservatory of Puppetry Arts (COPA)
1062 N. Fair Oaks Avenue - Pasadena, CA 91103 - telephone - fax: 626-296-1536

NEW ACQUISITIONS - Bernard and Edith Paul, Puppeteers
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Paul's Puppets, a marionette theater show, was the creation of Bernard and Edith Paul of Linthicum Heights, Maryland. The couple was married in 1930, the same year they began their traveling puppet show. Edith wrote the scripts and made the costumes, while Bernard built the sets and made the puppets. Together they provided the voices that brought the characters to life. Paul's Puppets entertained children at schools, churches, and hospitals around Maryland.

Eventually, they moved into the growing medium of television. Sponsored by Hutzler's department store, the Paul's Puppets TV show began on January 8, 1948 on WBAL-TV in Baltimore Maryland. The 15-minute segments were seen every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6 p.m. until 1957.

After the television show ended, Paul's Puppets continued performing at the store's main and suburban branch locations into the 1960's and 70's.

Paul's Puppets repertory included such classics as Ali-Baba and the Forty Thieves, Pinocchio, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Tinder Box, The Silver Skates, and Rip Van Winkle, as well as short plays such as Red Riding Hood, The Three Bears, Hansel and Gretel, The Frog Prince, Jack and the Beanstalk, and The Emperor's New Clothes. In 1934 the couple performed for the Roosevelts at the White House in conjunction with the annual Easter Egg Roll.


To continue the important job of conserving this world class puppet collection, IPM needs more storage space! We are looking for a unit or units to install on Alan Cook’s back lot. If you have or know of a source for clean and secure units that are free or reasonable, please contact : IPM (626) 296-1535 mail@PuppetryMuseum.org.


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