Skookum Dolls - Skookums Doll History. The history of Skookum dolls starts with Mary McAboy filing two applications for patents for a doll or toy figure on November 29, The patents were granted on February 17, One of the applications was for a male and the other a female and in three styles - a male doll, a female doll, a female doll with a baby. The dolls started to become so popular that Mary McAboy partnered with H. She stayed on and was the head of the Skookum Assembly Division.
The look of the doll stayed the same but some of the materials used to make them changed and plastic and some other materials were used. They were factory made dolls from the 's - 's that resembled Native American people and were usually sold in tourist spots. Skookum dolls came in a variety of sizes and styles to represent various tribes, customs and dress.
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The Skookum dolls date back to and were produced until the s. This serves as a general guideline only. There are always exceptions with these individualistic, handmade dolls! The first apple headed Skookum dolls of the mid teens were dressed in thin flannel plaid blankets. Blouses and shirts utilized cotton solids as well as prints dating from the turn of the century into the teens.
Prints tended to be tiny geometric patterns or calico florals, most often in somewhat subdued tones. Solid red, gold, blue and other colors were used as well. Dyed cotton gauze was used for shirts and kerchiefs. As the Skookum line of dolls began to include more styles and production was shifted to the Tammen Co.
To satisfy the need for the blanket wraps, it is speculated that factory seconds of Beacon and Esmond blankets were bought in quantity. Mary McAboy was aware that Indians on the reservations wore similarly patterned wool trade blankets so it would seem a natural choice. The blankets had a thick flannel feel and the designs were well suited for the dolls.
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