Ruth Prins: the artifacts

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The artifacts

For many of us, our memories of Ruth Prins as “Wunda Wunda” or “The Story Lady” are in black and white. That’s how we saw her at the time on our black-and-white TV sets.

Here are color photos of her costume and many of her cloth puppets and stuffed animals. First are her hats, then three versions of her costume. her daughter Debra says the costumes were made by a German seamstress, Bobbi Johnson, whose husband Lloyd worked for KING-TV.

Wunda Wunda hat. (Clay Eals, courtesy Debra Prins)
Her “Story Lady” cap. (Clay Eals, courtesy Debra Prins)
(Clay Eals, courtesy Debra Prins)
(Clay Eals, courtesy Debra Prins)
(Clay Eals, courtesy Debra Prins)

Next are her animals and puppets.

Benjy Bear. (Clay Eals, courtesy Debra Prins)
Billy Bong, Grandpa Bunny and Benjy Bear. (Clay Eals, courtesy Debra Prins)
Dephne Duck, to teach letter sounds. (Clay Eals, courtesy Debra Prins)
Friendly Tiger, Baby Bear, Michael Monkey. (Clay Eals, courtesy Debra Prins)
Grandpa Bunny, Friendly Cat, Friendly Donkey, Friendly Pig. (Clay Eals, courtesy Debra Prins)
Henry Goose and two versions of Albert Owl. (Clay Eals, courtesy Debra Prins)
Susabella. (Clay Eals, courtesy Debra Prins)

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