Martina I Marionette

Description (Brief):

Known as Martina #1, this marionette is from the first act of a traditional Latin American folk tale, "Perez and Martina: A Portotican Folktale" written by Pura Belpre and published in the United States in 1932. "Perez and Martina: A Portotican Folktale" by Pura Belpre". Belpre was the first Puerto Rican librarian at the New York Public Library and a puppeteer. The story she wrote was told to her by her grandmother when growing up in Puerto Rico.

Description (Brief)

The traditional folk tale tells of a cockroach, named Martina, who finds a coin on a walkway and decides to buy with it a tin of face powder. She primps and then waits on her veranda above her garden for suitors to call. She settles on marrying a rat, Perez, who, unfortunately, becomes carried away by his own curiosity, falling, the next morning, into a vat of soup Martina is cooking. In some versions, he succumbs and in others, he is rescued.

Description (Brief)

In the puppet play produced by Elizabeth L. Haines with her husband, Frank D. Haines, Martina is a cricket and Perez is a mouse who competes for her favors with a rooster and a frog. Martina is looked after by an aging duenna beetle. She marries Perez, her face turning into that of a woman, and she lives "as happy as a cricket" with Perez ever after.

Description (Brief)

The cricket Martina # 1 is carved of wood with a swivel head and wooden limbs, She wears a three tiered yellow skirt in orange and blue print, blue blouse, a bandana tied around her neck and black high heels. carved of woo and is operated with a 5-piece wooden airplane control and a metal clamp with nine strings.

Description (Brief)

Throughout the 1940s the Haines performed this version of the play, ( with Martina a cricket and Perez a mouse), before school groups in the Philadelphia area. The marionettes and stage props were created by Frank and Elizabeth made the costumes and the backdrops.

Date Made: 1942

User: Haines, Elizabeth L.Haines, Frank D.Maker: Haines, Elizabeth L.Haines, Frank D.

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Classified: Puppetry

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2007.0137.004.01Accession Number: 2007.0137Catalog Number: 2007.0137.004.01

Object Name: puppetObject Type: puppetsmarionettes

Physical Description: cotton (overall material)fiber, synthetic, rayon (overall material)wood (overall material)paint (overall material)metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 18 1/2 in x 7 in x 3 1/2 in; 46.99 cm x 17.78 cm x 8.89 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-9273-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1332959

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