Mountain View Couple Collects Dozens of Puppets

A Mountain View couple has collected over 50 puppets since the 1980s. They consider each puppet as part of the family

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This Mountain View couple has collected over 50 puppets since the 1980s. Pearl Kruss used puppets to teach english in Tel Aviv, Israel. They consider each puppet as part of the family. "These are not puppets, these are our children," said Jerry Kruss. Mr. Kruss has a human daughter who is a professional puppeteer.
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The Kruss's collect hand puppets and marionettes like these two. Merlin, on the left, is named after the wizard, and the other is a peddler. Both are from Germany. The couple also collects sock puppets.
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The Kruss' sometimes take puppets along for trips to the grocery store, restaurants and around their Mountain View neighborhood. "We'll go over to people and wave and eveyrone is smiling," said Pearl Kruss. "It's adults and it's children."
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Pearl Kruss says she has had a love affair with puppets since she was 9 years old. "I'm reliving a childhood that perhaps I didn't have," said Mrs. Kruss.
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Mr. and Mrs. Kruss are now selling "Living Puppets," a brand made in Germany. Each puppet costs between $60 to $100 depending on size.
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