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Fans and collectors remain familiar however, with the dozens of Pelham Puppets characters that have been made over the year including a nurse, firefighter, policeman and pirate.Fortunately for all Pelham Puppets fans this closure was short lived, and David re-opened the puppet manufacturing business in mid 2013.Founded in 1948, Pelham Puppets was the brainchild of Bob Pelham who wanted to create puppets that were easy enough for children to use.
Bunraku traditionally uses three puppeteers to operate a puppet that is close to half life-size.
The current market is variable but mint items in boxes do fetch a premium.
Access to retired and vintage Pelham Puppets has never been easier with online shops and auction sites but it has meant that the more common puppets are available in many cases for £10 () or less.
The name 'Pelham' is taken from the creator Bob Pelham who was the founder of the company and continued to head the company until his death in 1980 assisted by his wife Ann Pelham who continued with the business until 1986.
Pelham Puppets were first made in the United Kingdom from 1947 onwards under the title Wonky Toys Ltd the company changed its name in 1948 to the now better known Pelham Puppet brand. The puppet undergoes a process of transformation through being animated, and is normally manipulated by at least one puppeteer. Types of puppet Puppetry by its nature is a flexible and inventive medium, and many puppet companies work with combinations of puppet forms, and incorporate real objects into their performances. The puppeteers manipulate the puppets into the light, while they position themselves unseen against the black unlit background.