Fletcher Rabbit character puppet. Body: Gray flannel with arm extensions at side seams; two ply leather and felt paws sewn on ends of arms. Rabbit fur tail sewn on back of puppet. Brass ring sewn to opening of puppet; Head: Gray flannel 3 piece construction, stitched and stuffed; Eyes: 0.75" dia. Button eyes sewn on the painted black centers; painted arched eyebrows; Nose: embroidery nose in black with red tip painted between nostrils; Whiskers: thin twine painted black and white; Mouth: two front teeth carved out of one piece of wood, painted white, and inserted into opening in head and secured inside puppet; Ears: two cloth and leather glued together and stitched to the top of the head and standing upright; 7.5" long.
Length: (22 in)
From Kukla, Fran and Ollie TV show - 2nd Fletcher Rabbit.
This five-drawer cabinet was used 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.