Saturday, May 22, 2010

Classic Giraffes and mechanism variations!

Giraffes have always been a classic push up puppet!The group shot shows a mixture of Chinese, Italian, English, French and German puppets.

My small collection includes a Jan Staffani wooden giraffe from Germany, a little green TM TOYS giraffe and a plastic 1970s orange favourite.
Mechanisms variations
Most push puppets are controlled by a push up bottom, however there are a few variations.

  • button rocker puppet, press the tiny button on the rocker (fox in picture)

  • paddle action puppet, press the paddle at the sides (tiger in picture)

  • classic hollow base push up action puppet (cow in picture)

1 comment:

  1. I've never seen the paddle or rocker puppets. those are great. I have a bit of a collection going as well. Started collecting when I was active duty Navy and bought my first one in Iceland. Now, I don't travel much but go to toy shop and toy conventions looking for them. Happy collecting and thanks for sharing the history.