Disneyland Designer and Bob Baker Marionette Theater Founder, John Leland, Dies at Age 91. John Leland partnered with Bob Baker to design the Main Street Emporium window displays at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Leland also was a founding member of the Bob Baker Marionette Theater. The theater was responsible for the design of Disney-licensed marionettes in the 90’s.
According to Variety, “Born in Pasadena, Calif. in 1928, Leland studied motion picture illustration and landscape painting at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, where he received the John and Ana Lee Stacey Scholarship in painting. He launched his career as an illustrator for interior designer Robert Harold and worked as the display manager of a number of Broadway Department Stores, while designing puppets in his free time for over 45 years.”
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