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"Mexican man" marionette in a box
  • Hazelle, Inc.
  • "Mexican man" marionette in a box, 1935–1979
  • Where object was made: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
  • plastic, cotton, string, paper, synthetic hair, wood, molding
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 48 x 13.5 x 8.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 18 7/8 x 5 5/16 x 3 3/8 in
  • Gift of Hazelle H. Rollins
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7306
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Description
Inscriptions/Signature

The marionette is a "Mexican man," still in the original box. The marionette appears to have a plastic head with short brown synthetic hair and a yellow hat. He is wearing a long sleeved white top and trousers, a red, blue, and light blue sarape over his proper right shoulder. He has red shoes. The black control strings that go to the wooden controller are visible.

The red box has a large clear plastic window to show the marionette. The front of the box, from the top to the bottom, reads:
Hazelle's
EASY
AIRPLANE
CONTROL
FOR
SCHOOL
GIFTS AND
GAMES
POPULAR
MARIONETTES
STARRING:
MEXICAN
817
READY-TO-PERFORM!

There are additional texts and images on the sides and the back of the box.