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Dwarf Puppet

Object Details

date made
1935
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
cloth (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11 in x 9 in; 27.94 cm x 22.86 cm
Credit Line
William N. Buckner
Description (Brief)
This dwarf marionette was first used at Armstrong High School in Washington, D.C. for as production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, ca 1935. The dwarf has a hand carved head and limb and is wearing a green hat, black vest, white shirt, and knickers. It was used by William Buckner, an Art teacher at the high school.
Schools and educators often use puppetry as a means to introduce children to classic stories and fables. William Buckner taught arts and crafts in Washington, D.C. from 1910-1957. Over the years he developed an interest in puppetry, and he combined this hobby with his work in 1935 when his arts class and his English class produced Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for a carnival at Armstrong High School. His art and crafts class designed and built the stage and the marionettes, while the English class was responsible for the acting. Students directed the play and controlled the marionettes.
Location
Currently not on view
ID Number
1980.0197.01
accession number
1980.0197
catalog number
1980.0197.01
Object Name
Puppet
place made
United States: District of Columbia
subject
Puppetry
Education
Theater, Puppetry
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Puppets
Data Source
National Museum of American History
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-ef27-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
Record ID
nmah_662361
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