- Category Recreational artifacts
- Sub-category Public entertainment device
- Department Folklore
- Museum CMH
- Earliest 1950/01/01
- Latest 1957/12/31
- Inscription (label/étiquette) Toronto Guild of Puppetry, 769 Yonge St.
- Materials Wood, Textile, Rubber, Metal
- Measurements Height 22.0 cm, Width 7.8 cm, Depth 23.5 cm
- Related activity Puppetry
- Caption Toronto Guild of Puppetry
The Toronto Guild of Puppetry, organized in 1953, actively served as a volunteer training ground for amateur puppeteers in Toronto until it was dissolved in 1989. From the early 1960s on, the Guild's activities centred on an annual production using hand puppets, marionettes, and rod puppets. Members worked cooperatively on these large-scale shows, which were presented as a means of raising operating funds for the groups. A number of the Guild's early members became semi-professional, and some went on to make puppetry a career.
Adapted from Figuratively Speaking : Puppetry in Ontario by Ken McKay, copyright 1990. Courtesy of the Ontario Puppetry Association and Ken McKay.
- Caption Finger Puppet
A finger puppet is similar to a hand puppet, but is much smaller and fits on one finger, limiting its movements to the puppet's body. In another variation, two fingers are inserted into the base of the puppet to form legs, with the knuckles of the fingers suggesting the knees of the character.