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Print from a play theater kit of characters from a comic opera

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.654

Colored print of paper theater characters from Lumpazivagabundus, a comic opera, printed in the late 1800s by J.F. Schreiber, a large publishing house in Esslingen, Germany. The story, written by Johann Nestroy in 1833, revolves around the actions of fairy royalty, good and evil spirits, and 3 human artisans. During the 1800s, paper theaters were popular toys for children and collector’s pieces for adults. Publishers produced simplified performance scripts based on particular 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
Lumpazivagabundus
Date
publication:  after 1885
Geography
publication: Esslingen (Germany)
Language
German
Classification
Toys
Category
Games
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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