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Maker(s):Olde Deerfield Doll House
Title:paper dolls
Date Made:1919
Type:Recreational Gear
Materials:paper, ink
Place Made:United States; Massachusetts; Deerfield
Accession Number:  HD 89.063
Credit Line:Gift of Charles B. Wood III
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

A set of "Old Deerfield Dolls;" including 7 uncut sheets; A complete set of paper dolls and booklets can be found at HD 2002.45. This paper doll set was created by Matilda Strang Hyde (1866-1943) of Olde Deerfield Doll House. According to the Turns of the Century Website of the PVMA, "The 1704 Deerfield Raid carried out by French and Indians has fascinated generations of New Englanders. By 1919, a combination of early 20th-century romanticism and increased tourism had muted the raw terror of this event. These "Olde Deerfield" paper dolls transformed the traumatic experience of captives like seven-year-old Eunice Williams and her brother Stephen into a child's woodland adventure. The imaginative depictions of Native American clothing are not accurate portrayals of Eastern Abenaki dress but reveal instead a strong Plains Indian influence."

Native American; indigenous people

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