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Pilgrim Man Marionette

Pilgrim Man Marionette

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Description (Brief)
This pair of marionettes dressed like Pilgrims premiered in 1949 on a Kansas CIty Missouri television station KCTV) in 1949, Hazelle Rolllins used the pair for several years for Thanksgiving programs that featured the art of puppetry. The male pilgrim is dressed in gray, black and white suit and hat, has white wooden legs with black plastic shoes and is paired with 1980.0910.04.
HAzelle ROllins--bio
Created by Hazelle Hedges Rollins (1910 )in the late 1930s, the puppets are in their original box with Rollins name on the front. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Hazelle Rollins was a puppeteer who trained with Tony Sarg and is the creator of over 300 string, hand and finger puppets. She holds four patents in the puppetry field, including the airplane control marionette that is easy to manipulate..
By 1975, Hazelle Inc was the world's largest exclusive manufacturer of marionettes, hand and finger puppets.
Hazelle Rollins donated a large collection of puppets to the Museum, including some made by her company and various types of rare puppets she collected during her lifetime.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Rollins, Hazelle H.
Rollins, Hazelle H.
place made
United States: Missouri, Kansas City
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
wood (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
paint (overall material)
string (overall material)
overall: 16 in x 5 1/2 in; 40.64 cm x 13.97 cm
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accession number
catalog number
Radio and television broadcasting
Television broadcasts
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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