2016 WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Rare – Skookum Doll

2016 WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

P1050186My husband inherited a cedar chest and amongst the few things left in the chest was this doll. I didn’t know anything about the dolls before this one. This is a Skookum doll. We don’t know who bought it nor when. It may be over 70 or 80 years old.

This Skookum Doll is 11 1/2 inches tall.
He has a banner that says ‘Painted Desert Park, Ariz.’
His legs are squared wooden dowels.
His shoes and leggings are felt.
He wears a headband.
He has a folded blanket wrapped around him so that it looks like he has folded arms.

*The Skookum Dolls aren’t authentic Native American Dolls. They were first made by a woman named Mary McAboy in 1913 and were produced until the 1960’s. The first ones she made she carved the heads out of apples. There was a problem with shelf life of the dolls. When they became popular as souvenirs, she teamed up with a manufacturer and started making the heads out of composition or plastic.

 Wishing you all fun with the WP photo challenge!


Here’s a couple of links for further reading:
Skookum doll http://www.wow.com/wiki/Skookum_doll
Skookum dolls http://www.skookumdolls.com/




18 thoughts on “2016 WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Rare – Skookum Doll

  1. I remember seeing pictures of apple-head dolls. I wondered how that worked out long-term. This one has nice facial features-that will last.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Thanks Charlotte
    Thanks so much for sharing your sister’s link with me. Her dolls are wonderful. She’s a very talented lady. What an enchanting collection of dolls she has.
    The way the Skookums are made is a curiousity to me. I was so surprised at how simple and clever it is the way their body is made.
    Thanks again Charlotte. You made my day! 🙂


  3. What a lovely surprise to find the doll in the cedar chest. Interesting to know how it was made. I enjoyed reading the other links too.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks Crazyqstitcher
      He’s an interesting doll and a fun treasure too.
      Thanks for visiting and leaving me a happy comment.
      I hope you’ll visit again sometime.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks so much Sheryl
      He was/is a fun surprise. We think he’s a cool looking fellow. We’re happy to have him.
      The Skookum dolls have a curious long history. I enjoy learning new stuff about him. Too.
      I didn’t realize there was a Skookum apple. Thanks for posting about them.
      You’re welcome about my telling you of this post. Thanks so much for visiting it and leaving me a happy comment on him. 🙂


You're Welcome To Leave a Comment or Question :)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.