William “Bil” Britton Baird (1904-1987) [RA 1982-1987, HA 1987] : Billy Goon Alligator, 1962.

SAL record control number: 87810 ;

Record level: Item ;

Record type: Movable work ;

 

Work title: Billy Goon Alligator ;

Alternate work titles:
2021 : Billy Goon Alligator  [from SAL curator] ;

Work date: 1962 ;

Work creator: William Britton “Bil” Baird (1904-1987) ; Sears ;

Work medium: Painted soft vinyl with multi-color cotton knit sleeve ; 
Work dimensions: 13 x 3-7/5 x 3 inches ; 

Inscribed / signed front: [none] ; 

Verso: [none] ; 

SAL category: Sculpture ; 
SAL sub-category: Puppet ; 

Archives of American Art subjects:
Art
Art—American
Art―Private collections―New York (State)
Art―Private collections―New York (State)―Salmagundi
Sculpture
Sculpture — Puppet

Description of work:
Billy Goon alligator hand puppet.  Part of a holiday set by the artist available for purchase in 1962 from the Sears Roebuck catalog.

Provenance:
2021 Salmagundi, New York, NY, donated by Chair of Curator’s Committee, William “Bill” Eric Indursky [RA 2018], accession #2021.1.3 ; 
2021 Christine owner of Babes in Toyland Too, Des Moines, IA via Etsy.com, purchase transaction #2458768872, $49.95 USD ; 
1962 William Britton “Bil” Baird (1904-1987) for Sears, the artist .

Exhibition history:
2021 SMAA Bil Baird : Narrative Design November – December.

References / citations:
– “Famous Puppet Sets / Billy Goon / $189”, Sears Roebuck catalog ad, catalog #49 N 5038, 1962, page 322, illustrated : color.

Notes:
– Alligator is half of the set.  The other half is Goony Bird.
– Sears catalog ad: “Billy Goon / $189 / Goony Bird and Alligator..designed by famous puppeteer Bill Baird, Washable vinyl beads, cotton knit sleeve bodies, shpg. wt. 1 lb.
49 N 5038……Set $1.89″
– The museum would like to gratefully acknowledge the help of fellow puppeteer Craig Marin and Olga Felgemacher, longtime collaborator to Bil Baird, for their kind assistance with identifying the puppet and their productions, 2021.

 

Document information

Document permalink:
http://salmagundi.org/artwork/?p=85938

Digital-born document number:
SAL.2021.87810

Record birth date:
March 31, 2021

Last updated: September 4, 2021 at 17:22 pm