This cabinet was used by Burr Tillstrom on the Kukla, Fran, & Ollie Show.
This five-drawer cabinet was owned by Burr Tillstrom, a famous Chicago puppeteer and performer on the popular children's program Kukla, Fran, & Ollie. Tillstrom, who was born and raised on the city's north side, began his television career in 1947 with Kukla, a clown-like puppet, Fran Allison, a veteran of national radio, and Ollie, a dragon puppet. Widely acclaimed for its gentle humor which appealed to adults as well as children, the Kukla, Fran, & Ollie show attracted millions of viewers, won an Emmy for Best Children's Program in 1949, and remained on the air in various formats until 1979. Kukla, Fran, & Ollie was one of the many low-budget, creative, and highly influential programs that earned Chicago the name Television Town during the late 1940s. Chicago's television prominence ended in the early 1950s after a new coast-to-coast cable made nationwide broadcasting possible, prompting the major networks to centralize in New York.