Arrow Novelty composition Skookum dolls
American Indian Family
Arrow Novelty Skookum Dolls 1920-1950s
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.
history of the earliest
Skookum dolls is they had dried apple heads 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
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. Tannem Curio Co.
of Denver, Colorado also supplied Skookum dolls, mostly to the
west coast under their Tannem label