EXAMPLE OF PUPPETS USED IN ADVERTISING
Jim Dumps was a most
Who lived his life on the hermit plan.
In his gloomy way he'd gone through life,
And made the most of woe and strife,
Till FORCE one day was served to him -
Since then, they've called him "SUNNY JIM."
The figures above were
made by Waldo Lanchester to advertise FORCE
Breakfast Cereal, at the South London Home Fair, Crystal
Palace, in 1934.
This was during the time
that Waldo Lanchester and Harry Whanslaw were working
together as "The London Marionette Theatre."
Jim Dumps and Sunny Jim
appeared with "King Wheat & his Court" (a group
of animated cereals) in their own Marionette
Theatre, as seen below in a cutting from The Times
from 8th March 1934.
Partnership worked on several advertising shows during
their time as the London Marionette Theatre and Whanslaw
recounts a particular accolade paid to them at the end
of one of these performances by a young boy, who, upon
leaving the show, was overheard to say to his Mother, "I
think it was worth at least threepence!"