Punch and Judy biscuit tin, 1930s

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Punch and Judy biscuit tin, 1930s

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Arch Two , Area 9
Biscuit Tins (display)
Shelf 1

A round mostly-red lithographed tinplate "Punch and Judy" tin from the 1930s.

This exhibit is from the collection of Sarah Leather


The tin lid showcases an illustration of Punch (on the left, brandishing a stick), Judy (Centre, with her hands held up), and a dog wearing a ruff(right). Unusually, the figures are shown more naturalistically then usual, as real-world characters rather than as puppets, although the view of Punch and Judy ends before their legs, possibly to avoid making it clear that they definitely aren't handpuppets. A small strip of red-and-white striped cloth waving across the top and bottom of the image increases the ambiguity of whether the characters are meant to be seen as real, or as puppets performing in a red and white striped Punch and Judy booth.

The edge of the round lid is red, and the container wall is red with depictions of Punch and Judy puppet heads, in gold.

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