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Elf Marionette

Elf Marionette

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Description (Brief)
This marionette depicting an elf is made of wood, with a painted face, hands, and legs, and wears a cotton knit stripe shirt with velvet pants and brown suede shoes. He operates with eight strings held on one bar. He retains his original clothing but he has been modified and repainted to use in a different production--a common practice with puppets.
In its original venue, this little elf was made by the Tatterman Marionette Co., who performed the play "Mrs. Cinderella" at the General Electric Show at the 1939 New York World's Fair. Led by William Duncan and Ed Mabley, the Tatterman Company toured the country and performed thousands of puppet shows to promote the wonders of electricity.
In the skit, Cinderella and her handsome prince are happily married but live in a drafty, old castle inhabited by little elves who do everything the difficult way--sans electricity! Cinderella's fairy godmother advises her to call General Electric who arrives with all kinds of new electrical appliances that make life so much easier
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Date made
Associated Name
General Electric Company
Tatterman Marionette Company
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
velvet (overall material)
leather (overall material)
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
string (overall material)
overall: 14 in; 35.56 cm
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accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Hazelle H. and J. Woodson Rollins
Worlds Fair
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National Museum of American History
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