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Catalog Number 10098-32
Title Puppet; Wood & Plaster; Clown; Marjorie Shanafelt
Object Name Marionette
Description Shanafelt Puppet. Character: a Clown. Type: armchair marionette. How it works: This puppet is operated by the cross-bar and strings. Construction: Made of jointed blocks of wood, the head and hands are made of plaster and hand painted. The face is as a clown with red, white, and blue features. Clothing: Light blue satin clown suit with long sleeves and gathered at the wrist and ankles. White netting trims the wrist . Yellow satin hat. Red hair. White imitation leather trimmed with yellow blanket stitch. Label: "A Shanafelt Armchair Puppet"
Year Range from 1920
Year Range to 1960
Made Shanafelt, Marjorie
Place of Origin USA: Nebraska (Lancaster), Lincoln
Used USA: Nebraska (Lancaster), Lincoln
Height (in) 15.5
Length (in) 31
People Shanafelt, Marjorie
Other Name Puppet
History Puppeteer Marjorie Shanafelt was a curator of visual education at the University of Nebraska. She also authored puppet plays and was an original member of the Puppeteers of America. In 1963, Marjorie estimated that she had made over a thousand puppets. She had a puppet theater in her home at 2525 South 19th Street in Lincoln. Party and club groups numbering up to 30 people frequently enjoyed shows there. She would also travel with her puppets to private parties. In 1949, she toured Europe and showed her puppets at the National Scala in Coppenhagen
Marjorie died in 1973 at the age of 84.
Credit line Elva L. McFie, Lincoln (Lancaster), Nebraska
Collection McFie, Elva L.