Pinn Family doll - Ty, father

Titles Pinn Family doll - Ty, father
Description Pinn Family clothespin dolls, designed by Emily T. Myers of Mahtomedi, Minnesota, in the 1930s and purchased directly from Myers by Irma Stage of Wausau, Wisconsin. Myers operated Wood Craft Studios at 493 Wabasha Street in Saint Paul, where she manufactured and sold Pinn Family dolls. The heads are made of oval wooden balls and the bodies are wooden blocks. The arms and legs are round wooden clothespins. The feet are made of 3/16 inch slats that are rounded on the front and back and then nailed to the round end of the clothespins. The 4 larger dolls have small round wooden dowels for necks and smaller pieces of clothespins for thighs and have bending knees. The knee joints are made with nails, the pointed end being curled back into the pins, allowing the knees to bend. All the dolls have wool yarn glued to the heads. The dolls were shipped to Irma Stage in brown cardboard boxes.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 12 1/4 inches height
4 inches width
1 3/4 inches depth
Nomenclature doll
Materials wood
Creation Made by: Myers, Emily Trigg
Subjects Received by: Stage, Miss Irma
Mahtomedi, Washington County, Minnesota, United States
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Used in: Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin, United States
Toys & Dolls. Dolls & Accessories. Dolls
Dates Creation: Not earlier than 01/01/1930 - Not later than 12/31/1939
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 2006.78.1 (Accession Number)

User Comments

  • Nancy Meeker on May 14, 2017 03:08:25 PM
    Were these dolls made at a later time at the Wood Craft Studios, 493 Wabasha St, St Paul MN?
  • Photo and Art Database Admin on July 11, 2017 09:08:05 AM
    These dolls were made by Emily Myers in Mahtomedi, Minnesota, sometime prior to 1939. The donor purchased the dolls from Ms. Myers directly and saved the original boxes and creation information.
  • Cheryl Mahoney on January 10, 2018 11:23:26 AM
    I have a large Pinn Family doll collection that includes original boxes. The boxes have labels, printed in green, that say "Pinn Family, Manufactured by Wood Craft Studios" and show a graphic of the 6 Pinn Family Dolls holding hands in a circle. There are 2 different style boxes. One is plain cardboard with a glued on label. Under "Wood Craft Studios" it shows a "493 Wabasha, St. Paul 2, Minn." address. The other box is sturdier and covered in white paper. Under "Wood Craft Studios", it shows a "517 Minnesota, St. Paul 2, Minn." address printed both on the top of the box and also on the box end. The dolls you've shown on this MNHS web page may have been made in Mahtomedi but Ms. Myers definitely had studio space in 2 different St. Paul locations where she made, and likely sold, her dolls. I've done significant web searching and can find no information on Ms. Myers' Wood Craft Studios. Does MNHS have the resources to do some research
  • Cheryl Mahoney on January 10, 2018 11:31:16 AM
    Continuation: Does MNHS have the resources to do some research on this? Emily T. Myers' Wood Craft Studios is truly a part of U.S. and Minnesota doll history. The Pinn Family dolls are American treasures that resulted from the make-do mindset of the Great Depression. More should be learned about how Ms. Myers grew a successful business during one of our country's most difficult economic times. Thank you.
  • Photo and Art Database Admin on January 12, 2018 10:21:10 AM
    Thank you for the additional information. We will add it to our records for future use. If you would like to do further research on this business you can contact the The Gale Family Library for assistance.
  • Richard O'Donnell on December 8, 2020 03:43:48 PM
    I also have a Ty Pinn doll in the original box with the address ‘Wood Craft Studios ,493 Wabasha ,St Paul 2 ,Minn. . I am curious as to the year it was is in a cardboard box with textured white paper covering. It is imprinted with a picture of the Pinn family dancing in a circle holding hands . The printing is green. I would appreciate any information you can give me. There is little information to find.

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