George Washington Carver

Name: George Washington Carver

Made by and When: Hallmark, 1979

Material: Stuffed cloth

Marks: Body tag reads: Hallmark Cds., Inc. / K.D. Mn / Made in Taiwan / 400 DT 113-7 / George Washington Carver Doll / Toy; the reverse side reads, February, 1979.

Height: 7-1/2 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Screen-printed hair and facial features

Clothes: Wears a removable laboratory coat; the shirt, tie, pants, and shoes are screen printed onto the cloth body.

Other: Presented inside a building-shaped box, the words, “Tuskegee Institute Founded 1881” are written above green double-doors. The box flap has laboratory graphics and a brief biography of Dr. Carver which reads:

George Washington Carver

(c. 1864-1943)

In 1896 George Washington Carver, a pioneer in soil management and crop rotation, became the director of agricultural research at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, where he discovered that nutrients in southern farmlands, exhausted by the continual planting of cotton, could be restored by cultivating peanuts and sweet potatoes.  By developing literally hundreds of industrial uses for these crops, he made the South an important supplier of new agricultural products and earned a place in the history of agriculture as one of its most respected and inventive figures.

From the Famous Americans Series I, 1979, according to Black Dolls an Identification and Value Guide 1820-1991 by Myla Perkins (Collector Books 1993/1995), “This [doll] was probably made for Black History Month.”

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