Dwarf Puppet

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.

Description (Brief)

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.

Date Made: 1935

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: District of Columbia

General Subject Association: PuppetrySubject: EducationTheater, Puppetry


See more items in: Culture and the Arts: Entertainment, Puppets


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Credit Line: William N. Buckner

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1980.0197.01Accession Number: 1980.0197Catalog Number: 1980.0197.01

Object Name: Puppet

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

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-ef27-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_662361

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