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Folkmanis Puppets

Founded in 1960 by Judy Folkmanis in Watertown, MA. Judy started making puppets for her son's nursery school while her husband was earning his Ph.D. at Brandeis. In the late 1960's the Folkmanis's moved to California where Judy began to sell her puppets on Berkeley's Telegraph Ave.

In 1976, Judy's husband Atis, decided he would help with her business and abandon his career as a biochemist.

Currently, Folkmanis, Inc is located in Emeryville, CA and has become the premier manufacturer of plush puppets worldwide. Folkmanis offers over 200 puppets all with a realistic design.

Folkmanis, Inc. is a family owned business currently run by Judy & Atis's son Dan and will continue to be for future years to come. Judy and Atis oversee the creative and operations side to make sure that the quality, love and natural looks that they had conveyed through their puppets is still followed today.

Folkmanis, Inc. sells in specialty stores and retailers nationwide as well as Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan and more.

Awards won by Folkmanis, Inc.

  • 2002 - Parents Choice Silver Award/Fairies Puppets
  • 2002 - Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award/Griffin Puppet
  • 2002 - Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award/Fairies Puppets
  • 2002 - Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products & 10 Best Creative/Puppet Theater
  • 2002 - Publisher's Weekly Best of Show, BookExpo 2002/Soft Book- My First Puppets
  • 2002 - NAPPA (Nat'l Assoc. Parenting Publications) Gold Award/Fairies
  • 2002 - NAPPA (Nat'l Assoc. Parenting Publications) Gold Award/Puppet Theater
  • 2001 - Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award/Peek-a-book Monkey/Bunny Play Cube
  • 2001 - Dr. Toy 10 Best Toys/Soft Book - My First Puppets
  • 2001 - Dr. Toy 100 Best Vacation Products/Soft Book - My First Puppets
  • 2001 - Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award/Golden Retriever
  • 2001 - Family Fun Toy of the Year Winner/Red Dragon

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