Oskar (Oka) Barthold (1904 Halle - 1980 Gernsbach, Germany) was a puppeteer and artist in the 1930s and 40s in central Germany. He lead tours through Europe, performing handpuppet plays, and built a full company marionette theatre in the city of Halle, after World War II. Unstable politics interfered in much of his life and career, and he often resorted to graphic arts and painting in order to earn a living after his puppeteer theatre was confiscated, from the 1950s onward. Some of these original designs and painting survive today, and his best puppets have been donated to the museum of the Puppentheatersammlung SKD in Dresden Germany
A vintage advent calendar as well as an old fairy tale in the German language, with fantastic Barthold illustrations, are amongst the items of interest to be published. Many puppet theater set designs, as well as sketches of puppetry characters are also in his daughter's collection.Waltraude Stehwien blog.