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  The Underworld Adventures of Paul's Puppets !

In the story of the " Little Mermaid " , Paul's Puppets had a complete ocean of puppet fish. Above are the marionette blue fish, which were designed to swim in a school. To the upper right, the moorish fish swims alone. Below left are the goldfish, and next to them, the codfish.
 
     Two of my favorite Paul's puppets are the diver, in a complete suit and the mermaid. ( There are more mermaid photos below ). Finally on the right,  is the crab. All these puppets are marionettes  (string  puppets) , and I can only imagine the effort it took to keep them moving during a puppet show .
 
 
Photos from The Paul Ofper Auction site, unless otherwise noted.

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Baltimore is known well for it's crabs and Paul's Puppets made sure one was  included in this show.




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   Below, you can see the Diver, ( just before auction ) . To the right of that photo , Bernie Paul shows the Mermaid in 2003. The entire scene is seen photographed to the far right.


Paul's Puppet Photo Collection


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     Above, the mermaid and the diver ready for auction in 2005. When she was first designed, she lacked the " covers" in front. That problem was soon corrected, at the urging of Edie Paul.











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