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Puppets from Long Ago


Although as adults we have never lived near each other, my brother and I have been close since we were babies. Now we are retired and still the best of friends.

In this picture, we are maybe five and three. We are at the local park in our town in Germany. At the time we had no idea that we would be living in Canada soon, and spend the rest of our lives being happy and grateful Canadian citizens.

But see the little puppets we are holding? These were our Kasper puppets. We played with them a lot, making up scenarios and imaginary plots.

I think they helped keep us out of trouble and kept our imaginations active, if not wild.

Did you know that the Kasper puppet character was first made popular in the 17th century? Kasper was like a German-speaking Punch who did some punching, but mostly he used a slapstick to punch the devil, or witch, or the crocodile, who were often the evil characters in his plays, where he promoted good behaviour. Punching the bad guy was acceptable in those days.

Here is the typical Kasper. I found this photo on the Wikipedia site, but couldn’t see whom to credit with the photo. My apologies to the photographer.

Looking more closely at our own Kasper puppets, I don’t think they look as scary as this traditional one.

We spent many a happy time playing with our Kasper puppets and I have fond memories of those childhood days.

Did you ever have a puppet or make up puppet plays?


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37 thoughts on “Puppets from Long Ago

  1. Puppets. Clowns. Frightening!

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  2. Like Live & Learn, I was always afraid of puppets and clowns. I do remember doing puppet shows with my friends, but we used socks and made happy faces on them. 🙂

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  3. Your puppets looks indeed much sweeter than the traditional one on the photo. I am currently living in Germany but haven’t yet seen children playing with Kasper puppets. Maybe they are a little out of fashion now.
    As a child, I lived in France and we often went to see “Guignol” in the puppet theater. I loved it. However, I wanted to go there with my daughter during our last holiday in France and she did not want because she was afraid of the puppets.

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  4. Your Kaspar looks menacing!
    Lots of handmade puppets and kiddie shows for sure. But what I remember most were the two marionettes (one for myself and one for my younger brother) we received one Christmas…OliveOyl and Popeye!
    Great for the imagination, sure, but also great for fine motor skill development! HA!

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  5. Oh my, Kasperle! I didn’t have a puppet like him, but my parents often took me to the “Kasperle Theater”, a puppet show in the vein of a Punch-and-Judy show.
    This post evokes happy childhood memories. Thanks, Anneli!

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  6. Thanks for the glimpse of Kaspar! I don’t think I ever had a puppet. Lots of little toy animals though, and the adventures that we had! …well, in my imagination anyway.

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  7. Originally, Der Kasper found its popularity first in southern Germany, where he was the star of the
    “Kasperl Theater”. He always had a funny, happy face and was basically a guy who did mostly funny stuff, but of course, in the theater, he was also the hero of many tales. Kids normally loved him.
    Kids (and grown ups) who did a lot of nonsense, fooling around and do comic antics, were called Kasper, they did a lot of “kasperln”

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  8. I always had fun at the Kasperle theater and so did the other kids – that’s a long long time ago… Kind of nice to remember those events, bringing us back to our early youth.

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  9. I love that photo of you and your bro. I’d not heard of a Kasper puppet before. I did not play with puppets as a kid. We did put on a few shows, but they were silly plays. We also made a haunted house for Halloween in our basement a few times. I wish I could say I was close with my brother, and it was him I did it with, but no. It was usually my next door neighbor, Nancy, who is like a sister to me. We are still “sisters” and recently went to see the 4th of July fireworks together.

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    • The “silly” plays are what it’s all about. My brother and I did “silly” plays all the time and had loads of fun. Too bad you and your brother didn’t share what I did with mine, but we adjust and make connections that work for us. I’m glad you found a good friend in Nancy. Happy weekend, Lori.

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  10. Adorable photo. Do you and your brother get to see each other often? My brother and I are 18 months apart and played well together as you and your bro did. We never had puppets though. We played ‘house’ under a card table with a sheet. I think puppets would have been more fun!

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  11. Really liked seeing the photo of you and your brother, Anneli, and hearing how you played together. Sounds like it was the creative beginning of your writing career.

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  12. A great photo of you and your brother. I never had a puppet. I think I was close to my brother but he did not play with me. I played with sticks and built houses under the shade trees in the back yard. Some were elaborate dwellings.

    Thanks for the remembering of puppets and happy play days.

    At five, my mom made me a Raggedy Ann doll which I still have. She is very old and fragile now.

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  13. Good for her. She obviously liked doing it and she made a lot of people happy.


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