Josef Skupa

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Spejbl and Hurvínek
Monument in Plzeň
Railcar M 131 nicknamed "Hurvínek"

Josef Skupa (16 January 1892 in Strakonice – 8 January 1957 in Prague) was a Czech puppeteer.

Studied Faculty of Applied Arts in Prague. Worked as stage designer in the Plzeň City Theatre, also as designer in Skoda Engineering Works.

In year 1920 and 1926 respectively he created his most famous puppets: comical father Spejbl and his rascal son Hurvínek. In 1930 he set up the first modern professional puppet theatre.

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