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Native American Indian Family

The Arrow Novelty Company of New York was founded in 1920, they are best known for their souvenir or tourist Skookum Native American Indian dolls (1914-1962) designed by Mary McAboy who was from Montana.  The history of the earliest Skookum dolls is they had dried appleheads with a wood frame body wrapped with an Indian blanket.  Later the heads were made from composition, then hard plastic.  The dolls costumes represent various tribes in native outfits; males, women, children and papooses (babies), in sizes of a few inches to 36" tall. 


Paper identification tags were often affixed to the bottom of the dolls feet, tags from the 1940s to early 1950s read in an oval circle; Trademark Registered - Patented, inside circle, Skookum (Bully Good) Indian U.S.A.

Arrow Novelty also made dolls of cloth, composition, hard plastic and vinyl.  1881-1962 Harry Heye Tammen -  H. H. Tammen Company or H. H. Tammem Curio Co. of Denver, Colorado also supplied Skookum dolls, mostly to the west coast under their Tammem label; The HH Tammen Co., New York, Denver, Los Angeles, Skookum Indian Patented February 17, 1914.


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