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   Long before Bert and Ernie or any of the Muppets made their television debut, there was Bernie and Edie and the puppets that made up Paul's Puppets, which was televised here in Baltimore. Broadcast on WBAL - TV in the late 1940's and into the 1950's, Paul's Puppets was a change to the early days of television were someone would simply read a script in front of a camera.

      Bernie started Paul's Puppets in 1929 after attending the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore. He soon married Edie , who would design and create the costumes for the puppets. The two had a running joke between them for years that Bernie married Edie so that he didn't have to pay her.  Edie was also the script writer for the shows.
  " Paul's Puppets " and "  The Little Bookstop " appeared on Baltimore television for ten years, starting in 1948.

 
 
   This was the early days of television, and Bernard & Edie Paul found that the idea of puppets on TV was a idea that would work. This was an era before big television sets, and big television budgets. The Paul's Puppets show lasted for over ten years, and is still remembered  by many who grew up watching WBAL back then, and WMAR TV in later years. 
   
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Below are  links to puppet shows that were on the Paul's Puppet show. Enjoy.




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