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Howdy Doody marionette
  • Peter Puppet
    active 1947–1962
  • Howdy Doody marionette, 1947–1962
  • Where object was made: United States
  • plastic, cloth, string, molding
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 40 x 18 x 8.5 cm strings not included in measurements
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 15 3/4 x 7 1/16 x 3 3/8 in strings not included in measurements
  • Gift of Hazelle H. Rollins
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7331

The boy figure is identified as Howdy Doody. He has a molded plastic head with orange hair. He wears a long sleeved shirt in yellow, red, and green plaid with charachers in the yellow, blue trousers, and brown cowboy boots with white shafts and red detail, including the letters HD. He has a light brown kerchief at his neck.

The black control strings connect to a trapezoidal connector.