William J. Breitenbach, a Professor of Art at Sam Houston State University, traveled all over Mexico collecting Mexican masks for his personal collection (William J. Breitenbach Mexican Mask Collection). What some people might not know is that he created his own versions of the arts and craft he saw including puppets. These are just some examples of the puppets that he made. Unfortunately William J. Breitenbach passed away, so we are unable to ask him what each puppet was meant to be. The image below to the far left might be a variation on a Negrito puppet. Negrito masks in Mexico are often painted black or dark brown with bright red lips (Negrito mask). Other puppets Breitenbach made have similar features but without the dark complexion so we can’t be completely sure of that assessment The other puppets are unknown though we refer to the red puppet ( below, center) affectionately as “vampire Scooby Doo”.