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Not sure is this is a duplicate reeqjw .
Can anyone tell me something about this Indian papoose doll? The face is a lightweight plastic. The back of the head is open showing some of the stuffing - like thin straw? There is some newspaper stuck on the inside back of the skull. The blanket appears to missing a bead. From the top of the handle to the bottom of the blanket is 12"
Hi Beverly, You have a very collectible "Snookems" Native American Indian Doll! Check ebay/Etsy and online for more info on these lovely old dolls and congrats!
Thank you for writing and helping to identify what the doll was. I did see several on E-Bay that were similar. Never had heard of "Snookems" before but now I have :-) Thanks again!
The name "Lakewood" is shown on one of the newspaper ads. Unfortunately there are 30 towns in the USA, 1 in the Philippines, and 1 in Western Australia by that name. The telephone number, 2 letters + 4 digits were common in the early 1950s. Looks like Vicki knows its name. "Skookum" is a common NA name out West.
Well, lucky break! The Lakewood they are probably referring to is a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. I know this because the newspaper also mentions Bendix, which headquartered in Elyria, Ohio, my hometown (about 20 miles from Lakewood). I would bet the newspaper fragment is the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
I think the word is "Skookum", a Chinook NA word with several meanings. There is a Skookumchuk creek in Idaho and a resort in NE Wash state known as Skookum. In determining the meaning, I found Skookum dolls which sounds like the doll Vicki is describing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skookum#Dolls
Yes, I'm sorry, I mis-spelled the word - it should be Skookum, my apologies!