Pair of WPA Quaker and Pilgrim Doll Figures from Connecticut

This is a well crafted and very detailed pair of Connecticut WPA doll figures, representing a Pilgrim man and a Quaker lady. The lady stands 15.5" tall on her wooden base and the man is 16" tall. She is labeled 'Quaker' on her base. He is labeled "Pilgrim" on the base, though the last letters are worn away. He is additionally labeled underneath: VISUAL AIDS PROJECT 274 GEORGE ST. NEW HAVEN CONN And is stamped in red, though harder to read: A CONNECTICUT WPA PROJECT

The man is dressed in a gray wool suit of knee length pants, jacket and cape. The jacket and pants have silver tone metal buttons. The cape is lined with red silk crepe. He has a black wool felt hat. His arms are jointed at the shoulders. The doll appears to be made from a heavy plaster like material over a wire armature. Condition: He has a rub on the nose tip and scrape on the side of his head. His hat has a hole. Otherwise he is in generally good condition.

The lady is dressed as a Quaker in a drab beige dress with green apron, once white cotton shawl, and a black gathered bonnet. She has 2 colorful cotton print petticoats under her skirt. She is made from the same heavy plaster like material over a wire armature. Condition: Her skirt is stained. Her right hand and her legs appear to have had some restoration.

The 1939 Work Projects Administration or WPA was the largest New Deal agency, employing millions of unemployed people to carry out public works projects. The WPA employed musicians, artists, writers, actors and directors in large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects. The WPA operated in cooperation with state and local governments. In Connecticut the Visual Aids Project (VAP) was one of the smaller and lesser-known sections that fell under the WPA’s Women’s and Professional Division. VAP was created to “help public schools to obtain visual education aids designed to give life and reality to the things children study.” The WPA was liquidated on June 30, 1943, as a result of low unemployment.

I am offering these 2 together as a pair as I feel it is important that they be kept together. Ideally they should go to a museum to preserve this important era of our history. They are quite heavy for their size, each weighing almost 3 pounds. For US shipping I offer a choice of either Priority or Standard ground shipping, so please choose the one that best fits your needs for both speed and cost.

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