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Print from a play theater kit of characters from a fairy tale

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.653

Colored print of paper theater characters from Gockel, Hinkel und Gackeleia, a comic play based on a German fairy tale, printed in the 1920s by J.F. Schreiber, a publishing house in Esslingen, Germany. The story, written by Clemens Brentano in the early 1800s, revolves around the title characters, a chicken master and his family, being banished from the king’s court, living in poverty, and using a magic ring to improve their situation. During the 1800s, paper theaters were popular toys for children and collector’s pieces for adults. Publishers produced simplified performance scripts for plays and printed sheets bearing multiple characters in a variety of costumes and a range of scenery for use in a toy theater. The individual characters, each identified by name, and the set-pieces were spaced far enough apart to be cut out and mounted on stiff paperboard so that they would stand freely during the reenactment of a play.

Alternate Title
Gockel Hinkel und Gackeleia
publication/distribution:  1921
publication: Esslingen (Germany)
Object Type
Toy theaters (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:51:24
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