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Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    London (photographed)

  • Date:

    ca.1938 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Keystone Press Agency Ltd.

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Photograph

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Gerald Morice

  • Museum number:

    S.3496-2013

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This photograph shows puppeteers and members of the British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild standing outside Victory House, Leicester Square, for a Press Agency photograph to mark the opening of the 13th annual exhibition of the British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild at Victory House, Leicester Square. The exhibition was opened by the fourteen-year old Molly Sheldrake, billed as Britain's youngest Punch and Judy performer and seen kneeling in this photograph. The exhibition drew large crowds and ran from the 24th to the 30th October 1938, featuring almost 250 puppets and demonstrations by 25 different troupes giving about 70 demonstrations. There was a lot of publicity, and in his article on the exhibition in the periodical The World's Fair, 5 November 1938, Gerald Morice noted that Tuesday 25th October was a foggy, wet and cold day but that they filmed scenes from a marionette show all morning, from in front and behind, for British Movietone News. He added that all the national daily papers with the exception of The Daily Mirror carried stories about the exhibition, mostly with photographs, and that Molly as 'the youngest Punch and Judy performer in the country' really caught the press's imagination.

Physical description

Black and white press agency photograph of a large group of puppeteers including Molly Sheldrake, kneeling, with a Mr. Punch, and a Judy holding a baby, and several others puppeteers standing, including Harry Whanslaw, outside Victory House, Leicester Square with their puppets, October 1938.

Place of Origin

London (photographed)

Date

ca.1938 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Keystone Press Agency Ltd.

Materials and Techniques

Photograph

Marks and inscriptions

Supplied by Keystone. Phone Central 9634-5-6-7.Keystone View Company 12 Wine Office Court, Fleet St., London, EC4
Stamped in blue ink verso

J4903
pencilled reference number, verso

Dimensions

Height: 15.4 cm, Width: 20.3 cm

Descriptive line

Photograph of puppeteers including Molly Sheldrake, billed as Britain's youngest Punch and Judy performer, and Harry Whanslaw standing outside Victory House, Leicester Square with puppets, taken to advertise the opening of the 13th Exhibition of the British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild exhibition by Molly Sheldrake, 24 October 1938. Gerald Morice Collection. Black and white photograph by the Keystone Press Agency Ltd. Gerald Morice Collection.

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Photography

Categories

Photographs; Entertainment & Leisure; Children & Childhood

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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