Friday, 25 February 2011
The Puppet Master
Many people of a certain age will remember Sooty and Sweep and their owner "Mr Corbett". Apparently Harry Corbett 'found' Sooty in a toyshop in Blackpool back in the 1950s. Sooty didn't speak, but did magic tricks, with the special phrase of "Izzy Wizzy, Let's Get Busy". When Harry died, his son Matthew took over and other characters were introduced like Ramsbottom the snake.
This window display was in my local branch of Past Times. A shop that specialises in reproduction artefacts from Victorian times and onwards. They usually have a good range of things, including jewellery, books, CDs and mementos from times gone by. You can see one of the mice from Bagpuss in the bottom right hand corner, which was a great TV series from the 1970s.