Pilgrim Man Marionette

Pilgrim Man Marionette

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Description (Brief)
One of a pair of marionettes dressed like Pilgrims which 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 a female pilgrim (1980.0910.04).
Created by Hazelle Hedges Rollins in the late 1930s. 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.
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
Credit Line
Anne W. and John W. Rollins, Jr.
Radio and television broadcasting
Television broadcasts
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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