In the early days all puppet faces were painted by hand which is one of the main features of what made the company a success. No two faces were the same.

With 1000 of puppets being produced every week the company tried all sorts of ways to help. A face painter would take 6 months to train and then it was only possible, if they had some artistic flair.

In 1971 over 250 thousand puppets were produced, all of the normal high quality. The company also used outworkers so it was a huge job keeping everything going. These days it would all be done with a computer.

Some of the tools they used were patterns and masks, although we have no idea in what years.

Patterns were simply a painted "pattern" head, useful to the painter so they could make sure their work looked consistent.

Masks were used to mark out eyes so they were in the right place consistently, after all who would want to buy a puppet with one eye round the side of his head.

  • Image 1 - shows a plain dipped head
  • Image 2 - shows a few more
  • Image 3 - shows patterns including SL, SS and SM and masks
  • Image 4 - shows a mask in use on a SM head
  • Image 5 - shows a mask in use on a SS head

Ball Head Patterns

Moulded Patterns

Masks

Note how some look well used, this is how they were found

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