Mary Lou, Transformation Figure Marionette

Mary Lou, Transformation Figure Marionette

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Description (Brief)
This marionette, created by the Slover family, is named Mary Lou the transformer who changes from a singer to a hot air balloon. Mary Lou who resembles a doll rather than a puppet, is made using a hard plastic molded head and arms and her torso is stuffed with muslin. Mary Lou's face, arms and hands have been hand painted and she wears a voluminous pink satin dress with a matching cap that covers ringlets of blond human hair.
Worked with a three bar control and thirteen strings 3-bar control; 13 strings; the skirt, when pulled by strings, converts into a bright pink hot air balloon with metallic gold yarns in a diamond pattern and has a blue foil paper basket ccontaigning a celluloid kewpie doll. In the Slover's production, Zubby Hagg the Witch (2004.0005.05) turns Mary Lou into a baby who floats away in a hot air baloon.
Floloral wire appears to have been used for inner support of balloon.T
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
maker; user
Slover, Alvin
King, Florence Lorella Slover
Larson, James Willard
Larson, Joyce Dean
Slover, Alvin
King, Florence Lorella Slover
place made
United States
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
paper (overall material)
synthetic fibers (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
wool (overall material)
cotton (overall material)
linen (overall material)
overall: 25 in x 14 in x 5 in; 63.5 cm x 35.56 cm x 12.7 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Theater, Puppetry
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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