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Doodlehead puppets, 1 set

A work made of cotton, paperboard, papier mâché, paint, cellophane.

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  • A work made of cotton, paperboard, papier mâché, paint, cellophane.




Ethel Stein (American, 1917-2018)
Croton-on-Hudson, New York

About this artwork

Ethel Stein designed this set of sock puppets for commercial retail following the success of her puppetry work at her son’s nursery school. The Doodleheads were sold at a department store in New York City, where Shari Lewis purchased one. Lewis recognized Stein’s ingenuity and in the late 1950s Stein create several puppets for Lewis’s children’s television program “The Shari Show.” Stein submitted a patent for her sock puppet design in 1954, the same year the Doodleheads were first produced, and it was issued two years later. Stein’s deft approach to design, demonstrated in these early works, would find ultimate expression in her weavings.


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Ethel Stein (Designer)


Doodlehead puppets, 1 set


New York (Object made in)

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Copyrighted 1954


Cotton, paperboard, papier mâché, paint, cellophane


doodlehead A Hand Puppet c 1954, Doodlehead, Inc.


24.1 × 11.4 × 10.2 cm (9 1/2 × 4 1/2 × 4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stein Family

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