THE MARY FRANCES HOUSEKEEPER ADVENTURES AMONG THE DOLL PEOPLE


4to (7” x 9½”). pp. [xviii]; 253. Blue cloth boards with color illustrated paper onlay with titles; spine with titles stamped in gold script. Illustrated eps. Color paper dolls, vignette and margin silhouettes by Julia Greene; frontispiece, foldout doll house plans and color paper furnature by Albert C. Mowitz. A scarce copy complete with all 9 paper dolls and clothing, Arts and Crafts style furnishings and doll house plans. One in a series of seven books by Jane Eayre Fryer whose purpose was to teach children all the domestic arts. A significant piece of piece of social and cultural history of the early 20th century, Mary Frances Housekeeper is a snapshot of family life of the time that was designed to teach the art of housekeeping to childern in a fun and entertaining way. The book is also important in how it subtly enforced racist stereotyping in its young readers through its narrative and the physical depiction of the servant doll, Lucinda, whose paper doll body is ‘comical and distorted’ (Everyday Life & Women in America c.1800-1920). Because Mary Frances Housekeeper includes cut out dolls and furnature for children to use in play, it is difficult to find an intact copy. In very good condition with light to moderate edgewear, rubbing to the edges of the paper onlay and a small (1”) area of rubbing and open tear to ffep that does not affect the designs.

Title: THE MARY FRANCES HOUSEKEEPER ADVENTURES AMONG THE DOLL PEOPLE

Author Name: [Greene, Julia; Mowitz, Albert C., illustrators]; Fryer, Jane Eayre

Illustrator: Julia Greene (Cover, Dolls and Silhouettes); Albert C. Mowitz (Frontispiece and Furnature)

Categories: Arts & Crafts Movement, Ephemera, Sociology of Race and Ethnic Relations, Social and Cultural History, Children's Book,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Philadelphia, The John C. Winston Company: 1916

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: Very good

Seller ID: 178

Keywords: Mary Frances, Mary Jane Fryer, Arts & Crafts, arts and crafts, ephemera, african americana, social history, cultural history, african america, race relations, illustrated