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1919
Robert (Bob) Pelham was born on 28th February 1919 in Ripon, Yorkshire,


1939 to 1945
In 1939 before starting up the company Bob Pelham was called up to serve in the Armed Forces to serve in the second world war where he was involved in active service on several fronts.
 
Bob gained the nickname of "The Wonky Donkey Officer" as he made small animated donkeys that moved when the spring at the bottom was compressed.


1946
Bob arrived home to Marlborough, Wiltshire going into business making his donkeys.
 
Bob rented workshop in Silverless Street, Marlborough, Bob and his first employees started turning out his designs.


1947
The new venture named "Wonkey Toys Ltd" was set up in rooms of Victoria House, 3 Kingsbury Street, Marlborough.

It was here on the 22nd June 1947 that the first "Sandy McBoozle" was made.
 
The earliest puppets came in Brown Boxes.


1948
Wonky Toys Limited changed its name to Pelham Puppets Limited.


1949
Gill Leeper joined the company.
 
December 1949, Pelpup News No 1 was printed
 
Saw the introduction of metal knee joints.


1950
In September the first Pelpup Club News was printed.


1951
Bob and Anne Pelham were married in Abinger Common, near Dorking, Surrey.
 
Frank Lawton joined the company.


1952
In 1952 the film "Pulling Strings" was released.


1953
In the March 1953 edition of Peplup News Bob Pelham announced that they had acquired the rights to manufacture Walt Disney characters.

In 1953 Bob Pelham announced in Peplup News the introduction of the Minipup rages.


1954
During the summer a large display Bimbo delighted visitors to seaside town of Bournemouth, Dorset.


1955
During 1955 anti-tangle coloured strings were introduced.


1956
In 1956 the first yellow boxes was used.


1957
Gill Leeper was tragically killed in a road accident.


1960
In 1960 the first string through plastic legs were introduced.


1961
Saw the introduction of the first glossy printed Pelpup News.
 
October 1961 saw a serious factory fire.


1962
In 1962 the yellow box design was changed with the new box having a picture of the Snake Charmer on the side.


1963
In 1963 the first use of the large yellow box as seen below was introduced.

The 63 "Animal" range was introduced and the box displays some of these.


1964
Saw the introduction of the "Woodenhead Range"


1966
Saw the introduction of the Magic Roundabout puppets


1968
Saw the first window box being used.


1970
The window box had a cardboard band added across the front to give extra strength and to hold in the cellophane window.


1974
Legs were added to the vent puppets


1975
The first plastic legs with a plastic knee joint was introduced.
 
Saw the introduction of the Womble puppets


1977
Emu and Dolly Bird were introduced.


1979
28th February was Bob Pelham's 60th Birthday


1980
Thursday 19th June 1980, Bob Pelham sadly died during the night from a sudden heart attack, he was just 61 and his death stunned everyone in the factory, his family and the UK toy industry.


1981
A double sided wall poster showing the full range was produced.


1982
Saw the reintroduction of the Punch and Judy glove puppets


1983
Henry IIIV and his wives collectors series introduced.


1987
Candy stripe boxes were introduced


1992
A new sales leaflet was introduced showing several new puppets.


1996
The Pelham Puppet Collectors Club was formed


1997
The Pelham Puppets Online website went live


1998
"Collecting Pelham Puppets - An Illustrated Guide" was published by David Leech.


2005
December 2005 saw the last Pelham Puppets Collectors Club magazine sent out to members (No 40)

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