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Left to Right, The Girl, Cornelia, Fido, Boy, Boy, Katie, Boy, Bob Pelham

ventBob Pelham produced several ventriloquy puppets over the years. 4 hand operated puppets were produced for the 1953 film "Lili" but these were designed to be used without the puppeteer being seen. Although others were produced earlier the company introduced its main vent range in the summer edition of Pelpup News 1968, number 15. The range started with just seven which had sheepskin hair and no legs. The picture to the right shows a vent boy in the care of Tommy Wrey, son of Charlie Wrey who owned Pelham Puppets from 1986 to 1990.

  • Katie the Caterpillar (moving eyes)
  • Walter (Boy with a deerstalker hat)
  • Fido (The dog)
  • Brother Sid (The Monk)
  • Boggles (A Girl)
  • Supy (A Boy)
  • Cornelia (Moving eyes)

In 1971 the sheepskin hair was replaced by fake fur and the vent puppets gained legs. Katie, Walter, The Monk and Cornelia were all dropped from the range.

vent-range

This is the 1989 sales leaflet. At that time they were priced at £41.99

  • Nurse
  • The Tramp
  • Clown
  • Fido
  • The Boy (a renamed Supy)
  • Policeman
  • The Girl (a renamed Boggles)
  • Soldier

Other vents known to have been produced were

  • Oscar the TV Owl
  • Horror Boy (1965)
  • The Monkey
  • The Guardsman
  • Mac Boozle
  • Jake the Peg (Boy with 3 legs - Rolf Harris)

In the 1992 sales leaflet there were only 3 listed and these were only made to order.
The cost in 1992 was £99.99

  • The Tramp
  • The Girl
  • The Boy (With short hair)
Bolo the Giant
Pelham Puppets Online
Year 1954 - ?
Type Vent

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Carrot Top
Pelham Puppets Online
Year 1954 - ?
Type Vent

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Cornelia
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Year 1968 to 1971
Type Vent

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Marquerite
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Year 1954 - ?
Type Vent

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Oscar the Owl
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Year 1982
Type Vent

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