Pecos Pete, Lightning Bug, Huff N Puff Hand Puppets
86.PECOS PETE HAND PUPPET
Here is an old circus carpet clown trick reproduced in miniature for puppets. The body of the horse is made from a sheet of foam rubber bent in the form of a tunnel, with a hole in the top at the saddle position. This hole is small enough to hold tightly to the operator's wrist, which is also the waist of the puppet. The head of the horse can be overcast in papier-mache or cut out in silhouette from cardboard; the tail is unraveled twine. False paper legs are added at the sides. Thus any puppet can be put astride a horse by simply slipping it on as you slip on a bracelet.
87.LIGHTNIN' BUG HAND PUPPET
His chest is made of corduroy, his shell is overcast papier-mache. His cut-out cardboard hands are suspended at the ends of wiggly coil spring arms. The operator's hand fits into his mouth to open and close it. Small electric bulbs are attached to the ends of his feelers. Their wires run down through his body to a battery and push button, so that they can be made to blink on and off.
88.HUFF 'N PUFF HAND PUPPET
This parakeet couple can be operated with one hand. The cast papier-mache or plastic wood heads rest loosely in the shoulders and are fixed to rods which run down the perch to two wheels below. The wheels can be turned by the operator's thumb, thus turning the heads from side to side. The beaks are movable and are operated by thin wires running down the perch and looped at the ends to fit the operator's first and fourth fingers. Which is all just to show you how complicated rod puppets can get.