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1920s-80s Marionette Puppetry Performance Advertising Brochures Inc Engle Hanley
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This lot is a group of five brochures advertising various puppet or marionette programs. The brochures cover a broad range of years and are tied to some big names in puppetry and marionette creation and performance. The group includes:

  • c.1920s Fannie Goldsmith Engle shows with Elmer and His Puppet Pals. Engle was a well-known puppeteer and marionette creator from the first half of the 20th century.
  • c.1940s Sue Hastings Marionettes.Sue Hastings (May 10, 1884 – 1977) was an American puppeteer known for popularizing the ancient art of puppetry in the 1930s and 1940s. She was a protégé of famous advertising artist and master puppeteer Tony Sarg. She was known as a society hostess and for performing with her large collection of professionally made marionettes, which she created with the assistance of her large team of artisan puppeteers. Her many renowned performing companies were headquartered in New York City, New York, USA. During the height of her career, as owner and CEO of Sue Hastings Marionettes, Inc., she reputedly, in her inimitable “hands-on” style, was actively and very successfully directing over 50 performing companies, some of which performed worldwide for heads of Royalty, such as Queen Elizabeth I, and many other dignitaries and distinguished national and international diplomats and world leaders. NOTE: This document has been folded multiple times as seen in the photos.
  • c.1950s Ethel Hanley and her Happy-Go-Lucky Marionettes. Ethel Hanley was a prominent figure in the world of marionette performers during the 1920s-1950s. Like Hastings and Engle, she created many of her own characters. NOTE: This brochure is printed on light card stock and has the remains of an album page from which it was removed.
  • 1980 The Little Angel Marionette Theatre.  In 1961 a troupe of enthusiastic puppeteers under the leadership of South African master, John Wright, found a derelict temperance hall in Islington, England, outside of London, and transformed it into a magical little theatre, specially designed for children and for the presentation of marionette shows. Little Angel Theatre opened on Saturday 24th November, 1961. It continues to this day.
  • 1986 The Muppet Show On Tour.  This flyer is for the live Muppets stage show performed at the Hull New Theatre in N. Humberside, England in 1986.

This lot is a marvelous group of puppetry and marionette memorabilia!

These advertising brochures are in fair to excellent condition with signs of wear as seen in the photos. They may have smudges, stains, scuffs, foxing, pen/pencil marks, and small creases or tears, all of which are typical of old paper items. Please review the included photos of the actual item to make a complete determination of its condition.


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