Any reader of this FlexiBlog knows that I was greatly influenced by PAUL ASHLEY and his hand puppets. To assuage my hand-puppet needs, dad and mom would buy me the (mostly) GUND-made character puppets (IF - - I did well in school). The cartoony heads had real sculptural integrity, and were usually pretty true to the essence of the cartoons on which they were based (as opposed to nowadays where toys look a lot like lumpy arts ands crafts projects. Which is what lots of puppets also look like nowadays, but that's a rant for another post.) Here are a bunch of cool old-time cartoon puppets!
FRED GWYNNE asOFFICER MULDOON (Car 54 Where Are You?)
BOB CLAMPETT'S DISHONEST JOHN (Time For Beany. And Cecil)