Elf Marionette

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Description (Brief)
This marionette depicting an elf is made of wood, with a painted face, hands and legs, and wears a cotton knit stripe shirt with velvet pants and brown suede shoes. He operates with eight strings held on one bar. He retains his original clothing but he has been modified and repainted to use in a different production-a common practice with puppets.
In its original venue, this little elf was made by the Tatterman Marionette Co., who performed the play "Mrs Cinderella" at the General Electric Show at the 1939 New York World's Fair. Led by William Duncan and Ed Mabley, the Tatterman Company toured the country and performed thousands puppet shows to promote the wonders of electricity.
In the skit, Cinderella and her handsome prince are happily married but live in a drafty, old castle inhabited by little elves who do everything the difficult way-sans electricity! Cinderella's fairy god mother advises her to call General Electric who arrives with all kinds of new electrical appliances that make life so much easier
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1939
maker
Tatterman Marionette Company
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
velvet (overall material)
leather (overall material)
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
string (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 14 in; 35.56 cm
ID Number
1979.1164.05
accession number
1979.1164
catalog number
1979.1164.05
Credit Line
Gift of Hazelle H. and J. Woodson Rollins
subject
Puppetry
Worlds Fair
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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