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Howdy Doody Puppet
1949

"Say, kids, what time is it?"
With its unforgettable grin, freckled face, and red hair, this 27-inch-tall marionette was the star of television's "Howdy Doody Show." One of the longest-running puppet shows in America, each episode opened with the question, "Say, kids, what time is it?" Resounding from the peanut gallery--and from millions of television-watching kids around the country--came the reply, "It's Howdy Doody time!" The show ran for more than 2,500 episodes between 1947 and 1960.

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Wood, plastic wood, cloth, leather
Made by Rufus and Margo Rose, 1949; gift of Margo Rose, 1986
Chaps, 19" long x 18" wide; vest, 10" high x 10-3/4" wide; boot covers, 6-1/4" high x 6" wide; neck scarf, 16-1/2" high x 33-1/2" wide
Buffalo Bob Smith (born Robert E. Schmidt), born November 27, 1917, Buffalo, NY; died July 30, 1998, Hendersonville, NC

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· Children's Television, 1950s

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