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Jack Marionette

Jack Marionette

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Description (Brief)
This marionette represents the character Jack from the popular fairy tale 'Jack and the Beanstalk". He has wooden arms and, legs and his hands are made of paper mache. He wears a blue cotton shirt and gold pants with matching plaid vest, and his hat and socks are decorated with lady bug buttons and gold yarn hair. He operates with one control bar and eleven strings and has been remade from an earlier puppet created by Molka Reich, a puppeteer who had her start in the Federal Theater Project that ran from 1935-1939
.Originally from New York, Reich moved to Florida in 1935 and joined the Miami Florida Federal Theater Project in 1935. She traveled all over the state, giving popular performances of such plays as Treasure Island and Jack and the Beanstalk, where these puppets appeared.
Part of President Roosevelt's New Deal, the Federal Theater Project was created in 1935 to employ jobless theater professionals and make the performing arts available to the vast number of citizens who had little money for entertainment. Over the four year period the FTA produced over 2700 plays seen by approximately 30 million people, most who had never even see a play. Puppets were an integral part of this project and it is estimated that the marionette units presented an average of 1200 shows a week in 22 states.
The Federal Theater Project was the most p[popular cultural project of the New Deal, yet it was very most controversial and the first to be abolished...
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Object Name
Date made
Reich, Molka
Works Progress Administration
Reich, Molka
place made
United States: Florida, Miami
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
paper mache (overall material)
wool (overall material)
overall: 18 in x 6 in; 45.72 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Molka Reich
Great Depression
New Deal Era
Federal Theatre Project
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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