A range of 1960's Camberwick glove puppets produced by Chad Valley.
For years there wasn't a single known sighting of these.
But,as so often happens,one suddenly appeared on the collectables market
and a few more followed.
Still only a trickle though,and still very hard-to-find,but at least they're no longer
filed under "don't hold your breath"
Maybe we shouldn't be too surprised,given that glove puppets were never much
of a match for the punishment they often received.
But the evidence,below,would suggest they sold in sufficient numbers to be able
to sustain heavy casualties and still have a fairly large corp of survivors.
This eBay pic of Mickey Murphy is the only one I've ever seen that still has its
original sales label.
And the listing confirmed he was about 9" tall and had a 1967 copyright mark.
Although Chad Valley were being a little optimistic when labelling him as "cuddly",
even if you'd like to think Mrs Murphy thought he was !
The pic,below,is taken from the company's 1970 trade catalogue,
and tells us the following :-
1} If that 1967 date was correct,then this proves a shelf life of at least 3 years.
Which underlines the point I made about the number of survivors.
2} That they're all from Camberwick.
And there must have been at least 7 or 8 different characters.Because if Mrs Dingle got a look in then there must've been versions of Windy,Captain Snort,Peter the Postman etc.Although presumably in an earlier batch,because there's no mention of them in this 1970 catalogue.
So,if you've got a copy of their 1967,68 or 69 catalogue then please get in touch. Email on home page.