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First Howdy Doody Contract and Original Drawing

First Howdy Doody Contract and Original Drawing

Two of the most historically important pieces in private hands relating to the first ever televisions star. Original puppeteer Frank Paris walked off the set in 1948 with his markedly different Howdy Doody (now known as Ugly Doody) after a dispute over royalties. Puppet maker extraordinaire Velma Dawson was brought in to create a “new” Howdy Doody (in the meantime Buffalo Bob threw his voice out of a drawer). 1) 1948 sketch of Howdy Doody by Velma Dawson was used by the woman internationally acclaimed as the “Mother of Howdy Doody” to create the first Howdy Doody as we know him today. In wonderful detail in artist's pencils, the front and side views of the body depict him as a marionette and is in marvelous detail. Mounted on linen, there is a missing piece to the bottom. Sketch itself is about 34x19”. 2) First Howdy Doody Contract. Two-page typed agreement, dated June 3, 1948, made between the National Broadcasting Company Inc. and Velma Dawson, for the creation of the Howdy Doody puppet. Signed in black ink by Velma, EX-MT. Beautifully double-matted and framed with photo of Howdy and Buffalo Bob to overall 14x29”. Both are from the Velma Dawson collection.


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