- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada
- Category Recreational artifacts
- Sub-category Public entertainment device
- Department Folklore
- Museum CMH
- Earliest 1974/01/01
- Latest 1974/12/31
- Materials Canvas, Cardboard
- Measurements Length 52.5 cm, Outside Diameter 4.5 cm
- Related activity Puppetry
- Caption Puppet holder from a theatre production
- Additional Information The Lost and Found Beast, 1974-1976
- Caption Carolyn Walters
Carolyn Walters began puppetry and ventriloquism when she was 11 years old, performing with her father's Blue Sky Revue, an amateur entertainment group in Montreal. Carolyn later did spots on the CBC TV shows Tabloid and Talent Caravan and, in the 1970s, formed the Lump, Wobble and Squeak Puppet Company.
Adapted from Figuratively Speaking: Puppetry in Ontario by Ken McKay, copyright 1990. Courtesy of the Ontario Puppetry Association and Ken McKay.
- Caption Rod Puppet
Generally, the term "rod puppet" refers to a category of puppet which is manipulated from below with rods. Usually a central rod supports the head, while two smaller rods control the arms. In some cases, the central rod can be concealed by the puppet's costume. Often, the torso and arms are not fixed to the central rod supporting the head, enabling the head to move independently from the body. In other variations, the torso and arms of the puppet are fixed, like the head, to the central rod. When the puppet is not a humanoid figure, a series of rods may replace the central rod - as with a snake, for example. The term "rod puppet" can also imply any use of rods to animate the puppet, whether the puppet is controlled from below, from above (e.g., for the rod marionette, for which some authors use the term "rod puppet"), or on the same plane (e.g., with the bunraku-style puppet, which some authors also classify as a rod puppet). Strings are sometimes added to the rod puppet. When these are pulled, they allow the puppeteer to articulate other parts of the body, such as mouth, eyes and legs.