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Costumed Characters Collection

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I am compiling information and photos for a GAH feature on the park's costumed street characters Does anyone have photos of Pierer Le Pup, the Drake's Duck, or the Casey Baseball characters? These could all could be found at Great Adventure in the early 1980's

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For several of the characters in the Costumed Characters Collection we have been fortunate to receive the "official" back stories. As and example, here is the one for Maurice Le Rat:

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MAURICE LE RAT is a very artsy French rat. Since he is French, he talks in a French accent. He talks as if he is an authority on art and painting, something of a braggart. He informs guests of all the structures he has painted in the park, things like the Super Teepee, the Carousel, the Big Wheel, and the Great Arena. Then to show his artistic taste he sizes things up with his thumb and continues to explain how he could make something look better. He is attracted to all sorts of colors, possibly picking out a guest who is wearing a favorite color of his.

Click through the gallery and check them out!

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Csogi    0

Nice job setting up this collection. It's fun seeing the variations for the characters.

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We set up these photos in our galleries instead of posting them to a web page (ala a Spotlight) so that viewers can add comments (and other photos) to the picture albums. We are hoping that some of the folks in those costumes will see these and add their memories to the collection. So if you can round up any of the "old gang" Steve, we would love to have them join us!

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We still need to add all of our clown photos to this collection but check out the wonderful photo that was submitted to us in our Photo Drop! So cool!

 

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It is easy to think that the Shirt Tales were just a bunch a characters that didn't last long at the park and hardly had an impact on Great Adventure. The truth, however, is that the Shirt Tales caused the discontinuation of all the unique characters that were such an interesting backstory for the park. Sadly, once the Shirt Tales moved in, all the other costumed body puppet characters were eliminated.

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Csogi    0

Nice addition, many faces that I have not thought about in years. Who remembered that people wore overalls in the 70's!

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Question answered!

This is Steve in the clown and body puppet dressing area during the 1982 season. You can see some costumes in the background and Casey Baseball too.

 

Anyone know what character's head is on the floor in the background? Is that possibly Casey Baseball?

 

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Be sure to visit the characters gallery and check out all the great new photos including some just posted by greg90. Thanks everyone for sharing your wonderful pictures!

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Big Bands, Small Bands, One Man Bands, Marching Bands. All of these have been added to our new Bands Gallery. Click below to check them out.

 

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Here are some samples:

 

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I still haven't been able to find a photo of Casey Baseball but did locate a shot of Casey wearing Hocken Swwippette's pants. This photo was taken at a Great Adventure softball game.

 

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Big Bands, Small Bands, One Man Bands, Marching Bands. All of these have been added to our new Bands Gallery. Click below to check them out.

 

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Here are some samples:

 

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Any idea which high school band this may be?

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No band or town name is mentioned on the originals but below is a closeup of their flag which is the only hint. The band was being filmed for footage that was used in a fall 1976 park commercial which we don't have in our collection.

 

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