When I was a kid recovering from a foot operation, my dad bought me the Bible Of Puppetry: BIL BAIRD'S ART OF THE PUPPET. It was packed with great shots, fabulous information, and cool behind-the-scenes stuff. One of the drawings I loved the most was a backstage look at the Josserand Guignol Theater in 19th Century Lyons. The picture - - dated 1871 - - shows the Josserand family (holding puppets) greeting friends.
I'd always imagine that's what it would be like backstage when friends and family would come backstage to visit my shows (one day one day!) And - - it really does feel like that.