|Dolls with Books exhibit, 3rd and 4th shelves, left side of display case: Top, L-R: Beloved Belindy, Mammy and Prissy (Gone with the Wind characters); Bottom, L-R: Willie Pearl and Mae Ella (please excuse the poor quality photo).|
Below is a closer look at each doll with their featured books and the text from their object labels. I also share some commentary on Mae Ella (the doll on the lower shelf, far right). Finally, there is a link to other books written by Michelle Y. Green, the author of Willie Pearl, Under the Mountain.
Beloved Belindy, a reproduction of the original 1920s doll, based on the Beloved Belindy character in the 1920s Beloved Belindy book. The Beloved Belindy book contains several short stories about the goings on in the make-believe Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy doll nursery. [In this 1920s American storybook, Beloved Belindy serves as mammy of doll characters Raggedy Ann and Andy. ]
Mammy and Prissy are portrait dolls of actresses, Hattie McDaniel and Butterfly McQueen, made in the 1980s after the likenesses of these two women, who played the roles of Mammy and Prissy in the movie, Gone With the Wind (GWTW). The movie is based on the book, GWTW, written by Margaret Mitchell in 1936. Mammy and Prissy are both slaves during the book’s American Civil War setting.
Willie Pearl and Mae Ella are best friends, made after the characters in the series of books written by Michelle Y. Green. The books are based on stories told by Green’s mother, the real Willie Pearl. Willie Pearl, Under the Mountain, 1992, is set in the Eastern Kentucky coal-mining fields in the 1930s Depression era. Willie Pearl’s adventures assure that… though the road of life gets a little scary at times, if you “keep putting one foot in front of the other,” you’ll get through. [Willie Pearl and Mae Ella are best friends.]
***Poor Mae Ella: While in the process of setting up the exhibit last week, I noticed that an unsightly discoloration had developed on Mae Ella's nose and chin! After showing this to my husband, who was there with me to help set up the exhibit, he asked, "Where's your makeup?" I replied, "I don't carry makeup with me." But he planted the seed that would result in Mae Ella's temporary fix that occurred this week after I made a special trip back to the library to give her a mini makeover. Below is how she looked when released from the confines of the rolling luggage bag:
|In spite of the stains, I included Mae Ella in the exhibit with plans to return and mask these areas.|
I returned to the library this week and used a combination of eye concealer and powder makeup to "conceal" Mae Ella's stains. As long as no one touches her (and they can't while she is inside the display case), she's almost as good as new, as shown below.
|Mae Ella now has temporarily masked facial staining. At the conclusion of the exhibit, I will try to permanently remove the staining with Oxy-10 or other benzoyl peroxide acne preparation.|
Click here to read more about Michelle Y. Green, who says she "writes about ordinary people," including her mother, the real Willie Pearl.
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