- Place of Use Continent - North America
- Category Recreational artifacts
- Sub-category Public entertainment device
- Department Folklore
- Museum CMH
- Earliest 1875/01/01
- Latest 1885/12/31
- Materials Wood, Metal, Textile
- Measurements Height 127.0 cm, Width 29.0 cm, Depth 15.0 cm
- Related activity Puppetry
- Caption Character from a theatre production
- Additional Information Bohemian patriotic plays, operas and fairy tales, ca. 1880-1930s. In 1880 Hynek Farsky, a Czech carver, immigrated to Chicago where he created puppets and did puppet shows in the traditions of his homeland.
- Caption Rod marionette
- Additional Information Using the term "rod marionette" helps differentiate this type of puppet from the all-string marionette, which is often referred to simply as a marionette. The rod marionette employs a metal rod attached to the centre of the puppet's head as its main control device. The arms and legs can be controlled by smaller rods, strings or a combination of the two. The rod marionette is considered to be the ancestor of the string marionette. Excerpt from exhibition text: Strings, Springs and Finger Things: A New Puppet Collection at the Museum, May 1996 to August 1998
- Caption Belle and Ted Kendall
Belle and Ted Kendall developed an interest in puppetry after their children left home, studying first with George Merten and then with the Hamilton Marionette Club. The Kendalls later retired to Mackavoy Lake and set up the Rainy Day Marionettes, which performed for campers on rainy days.
Adapted from Figuratively Speaking : Puppetry in Ontario by Ken McKay, copyright 1990. Courtesy of the Ontario Puppetry Association and Ken McKay.
- Caption Rod Marionette
(Alternate name: Rod Puppet)
This category of puppet is controlled from above using a metal rod attached to the centre of the puppet's head. The limbs can be controlled by smaller rods or strings, or a combination of the two. Sometimes there is a single central metal rod. The term "rod marionette" differentiates this type of puppet from the all-string marionette, which is usually referred to simply as a "marionette". The rod marionette is considered the ancestor of the marionette or string puppet.