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Popeye marionette
  • Gund Manufacturing Company
    active 1898–present
  • Popeye marionette, 1929–1979
  • Where object was made: United States
  • rubber, plastic, cloth, molding
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 29.5 x 21 x 7 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 5/8 x 8 1/4 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift of Hazelle H. Rollins
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7311

The sailor marionette is identified as Popeye. He has a bald rubber head with a blue hat. His proper right eye is closed and there is a pipe in the proper left side of his mouth. He wears a blue long sleeved top with a red felt collar with a yellow button and hem. He wears lght blue-green trousers and black plastic shoes. There are black control strings from his head, wrists, and legs to a trapezoidal shaped controller.