Frequently referred to as Skookum Indian Dolls, American Indian dolls were originally designed and made by Mary Francis Woods and not Skookum Indians at all but rather highly individual and creative figures, collectible unto themselves. The confusion most likely occurs due to the fact that construction of the Woods’ dolls is similar to the Skookum dolls in their simple blanket wrapped bodies. Adding to the misconception is the fact that the production years of Mary Francis Woods’ dolls paralleled Mary McAboy’s Skookum for two decades through the 1920s and 30s. Both doll makers began their work in the early years of the 20th century and commercial success came to both in the 1920s.
These two mailers were not used as compared to the other two stamped and mailed examples that we are currently offering. They are both marked Dennison, CO. As compared to the later versions sold as souvenirs in the mid-century, these are not plastic but a more substantial molded resin blend. Left glancing.
Our OOAK Mary Francis Woods doll is listed in a separate offer. Woods was born in Michigan, educated in New York and then settled in Portland Oregon where she began her career. She spent years perfecting the design of the dolls and which was a solely local endeavor dependent on the tourist trade. The leather painted faces were replaced with molded mask faces made from light brown crepe paper over plaster. The thin lines in the crepe paper gave the faces a realistic and weathered appearance. Every detail of the facial features were delicately painted, further enhancing each dolls individual look. The simple tubular bodies were stuffed at the torso and wrapped with traditional patterned blankets. Wood feet, painted to look like moccasins, were nailed to the base. Some dolls were created on small blocks and fashioned in a seated position.
Height: Each is 3-1/2" tall: One has a broken headband and a nose rub.
2 Unused Skookum Mailers Stamped Dennison, CO.; Tags and Backboards Attached
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