muffin the mule


Today is World Puppetry Day!  Puppets have long (I mean, like, really long) been a staple of popular culture, at least from Ancient Greece, if not before, all the way through Punch & Judy and Pinocchio and Howdy Doody and the Muppets and Sesame Street, diminutive finger puppets and ginormous puppets on parade, sock puppets and shadow puppets, and the puppet/marionette theaters of Europe, Asia, the Americas, and beyond.  For a quick fantastical look into the Prague puppet scene, read Laini Taylor’s e-novella Night of Cake & Puppets (in fact, read the whole series).

Stamp details:
Top left:
Issued on: February 27, 2013
From: Vienna, Austria
SW #3037

Top right:
Issued on: October 26, 1954
From: Rome, Italy
MC #919

Second row left:
Issued on: June 5, 1984
From: East Berlin, East Germany
MC #2876

Second row right:
Issued on: June 20, 1961
From: Prague, Czechoslovakia
SC #1056

Third row left:
Issued on: October 29, 1991
From: New Delhi, India
SG #1478

Third row right:
Issued on: August 2, 1960
From: Bucharest, Romania
MC #1912

Fourth row:
Issued on: June 18, 2012
From: Jakarta, Indonesia
SW #3019-3025

Fifth row left:
Issued on: September 3, 1996
From: London, England
SG #1940

Fifth row right:
Issued on: August 11, 2009
From: North Hollywood, CA
SC #4414d

Stamp on bottom:
Issued on: March 15, 1988
From: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
MC #1963

(By the way the second half of that Muffin the Mule episode features a puppet that’s a painfully racist caricature of a tiny mute black guy called “Wally the Gog”, and then devolves into complete madness when the tadpole turns into an angry octopus with bells on it’s tentacles and the penguin teaches it the magic of friendship)