the child grows enormous but never grows up
life:

Today, on the occasion of the globe’s most famous and recognizable puppet troupe, the Muppets, finally receiving a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, and in recognition of the Bairds’ pioneering work with marionettes and other fancifully manipulated creatures -— work that inspired the likes of the late, great father of the Muppets, Jim Hensen himself, to create a universe from wood and felt and string — LIFE.com celebrates the Bairds’ brilliance with a gallery of photos from a U.S. State Department-sponsored tour of India in 1962.
“Don’t think of puppets as little instant people,” advised master puppeteer Bil Baird in a profile on he and his wife Cora in the Feb. 1, 1963, issue of LIFE. “They have to be more than people, or less, or sharper, somehow more exaggerated — and then you just can’t beat them for kidding human pomposity and sham.”

life:

Today, on the occasion of the globe’s most famous and recognizable puppet troupe, the Muppets, finally receiving a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, and in recognition of the Bairds’ pioneering work with marionettes and other fancifully manipulated creatures -— work that inspired the likes of the late, great father of the Muppets, Jim Hensen himself, to create a universe from wood and felt and string — LIFE.com celebrates the Bairds’ brilliance with a gallery of photos from a U.S. State Department-sponsored tour of India in 1962.

“Don’t think of puppets as little instant people,” advised master puppeteer Bil Baird in a profile on he and his wife Cora in the Feb. 1, 1963, issue of LIFE. “They have to be more than people, or less, or sharper, somehow more exaggerated — and then you just can’t beat them for kidding human pomposity and sham.”

laura9:

The One-Man Puppet Regime
missfolly:

The Giants of the North by Robert Doisneau, 1951

missfolly:

The Giants of the North by Robert Doisneau, 1951