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Rollins, Hazelle H.  Search this
Rollins, Hazelle H.  Search this
Hazelle Inc. Airplane Control  Search this
Physical Description:
plastic (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
string (overall material)
overall: 15 in x 7 in; 38.1 cm x 17.78 cm
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Place made:
United States: Missouri, Kansas City
Description (Brief):
One of a pair of marionettes dressed like Pilgrims which premiered in 1949 on a Kansas City Missouri television station (KCTV) in 1949. Hazelle Rolllins used the pair for several years for Thanksgiving programs that featured the art of puppetry. The female pilgrim wears a white cap, white satin blouse, and cotton skirt, gray cape, white felt collar, white leggings, and black plastic shoes. She is the female counterpart to a male pilgrim puppet (1980.0910.03). Though the puppeteer didn't name her, she may be Priscilla Mullens Alden, member of the fabled couple who met on the ship, the Mayflower, en route to America.
Created by Hazelle Hedges Rollins in the late 1930s. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Hazelle Rollins was a puppeteer who trained with Tony Sarg and is the creator of over 300 string, hand, and finger puppets. She holds four patents in the puppetry field, including the airplane control marionette that is easy to manipulate. By 1975, Hazelle Inc was the world's largest exclusive manufacturer of marionettes, hand, and finger puppets.
Puppetry  Search this
Radio and television broadcasting  Search this
Television broadcasts  Search this
Consumerism  Search this
Immigration  Search this
Pilgrims  Search this
Christianity  Search this
Pilgrims  Search this
Credit Line:
Anne W. and John W. Rollins, Jr.
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History