history of Skookum

Item number: Skookum (4381)


Category: Skookum


Company history and description of the company Skookum, America

In 1913 Mary McAboy requested two patents for doll/toy figures (one male and one female doll).
On February 16, 1914 the patetns were granted.
1920 she partnered with H.H. Tammen Co of Denver and became the head of the Skookum assembly division.
They produced Native American peo
ple from 1920's - 1960's. The dolls were mainly sold in tourist spots. The dolls were made of different materials. The dolls have no arms but were wrapped with Indian style folded blankets so that it look like if they had folded arms.
Usually the were stamped on the bottom of the shoes with "Skookum" or hat a tag marked "Skookum".
The earliest dolls have heads made of dried apples, the bodies of wood stuffed with leaves, straw and twigs, and grass was stuffed in a muslin sack, the legs were made of wood, the hair of mohair or cotton string, the eyes were made by pins.
Afterwards the heads were made of composition or plastic, the bodies, shoes and feet of plastick.
Skookum means "Bully Good" (very good, excellent or large), strong, good, brave, tough, best, powerful, etc.
They were distributed by H.H. Tammen Company of Denver Colorado in Denver, Los Angeles and New York and also by the Arrow Novelty Co. In the East by using the label "ANCO".

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