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Childcraft, American  Search this
rubber and paint
H x W x D: 8 11/16 × 5 1/8 × 2 3/4 in. (22 × 13 × 7 cm)
hand puppets
educational toys
Place used:
Oxford, Butler County, Ohio, United States, North and Central America
Created for use by children’s counselors and therapists, this hand puppet is part of a set that depicts two five-person family units; one family is African American while the other is Caucasian. Being able to use puppets that reflect a child’s personal race and gender is important for this kind of therapy to be successful. It is also significant for children’s self-esteem and learning cues that the African American dolls show a complete nuclear family unit, wearing clothes that communicate middle class respectability.
A father figure painted rubber hand puppet by Childcraft. With his rubber arms and hands raised, the father puppet wears a medium gray single-breast blazer with black tie and white shirt. He has short brown hair, brown eyes, and the maker's mark [CHILDCRAFT / [copyright symbol] 1968] on the back bottom of his blazer. His sand colored rubber interior has three finger holes.
African American  Search this
Children  Search this
Communication  Search this
Education  Search this
Families  Search this
Identity  Search this
Mental health  Search this
Play  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Janice Elzey & Steve Schnabl
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Restrictions & Rights:
© Childraft 1968. Permission required for use.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
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Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture