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Beanstalk Prop from Jack and the Beanstalk

Beanstalk Prop from Jack and the Beanstalk

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Description (Brief)
Beanstalk prop from puppet play, Jack and the Beanstalk. Consists of green cloth leaves tied to wire. It was made for and used in the Federal Theatre Project in Florida by Malka Reich, 1935-1939.
The Federal Theatre Project was created in 1935, in the middle of the Depression era, in order to employ jobless theater professionals and make the performing arts available to the vast number of citizens who had little money for entertainment. In the four years of its life, the Federal Theater Project units produced over 2700 plays seen by about 30 million people, most of whom had never seen a play. Puppets were an integral part of this project. Marionette units presented an average of 1200 shows a week in 22 states. The Federal Theater Project gave many the hope of a nationally supported theater, and it was the most popular cultural project of the New Deal. It was also the most controversial and the first to be abolished.
Molka Reich, joined the Miami, Florida Federal Theater Project in 1935. She travelled all over the state, giving very popular performances of such plays as Treasure Island and Jack and the Beanstalk, where these puppets appeared. Reich's performances ended when the project was abolished in 1939.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Prop
puppet show prop
Date made
1935
agent
Works Progress Administration
maker
Reich, Molka
place made
United States: Florida, Miami
Physical Description
fabric (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 43 in; 109.22 cm
ID Number
1982.0093.03
accession number
1982.0093
catalog number
1982.0093.03
Credit Line
Molka Reich
subject
Puppetry
Great Depression
New Deal Era
Federal Theatre Project
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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