||Since the 1930's the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department has been the only home to a rare archive which tells a story of a 20th Century American City rich with folk-art: over 100 hand made dolls, 125 paper-mâché puppets, costumes, hand painted costume plates, looms, masks and ephemera on storytelling, puppetry giving life to a vibrant and rich Mid 20th Century period for the city's Golden Age of Recreation.
Significant to the collection is a doll cot which once belonged to Robert Lewis Stevenson; watercolor costume plates; hundreds of historic black and white photographs, marionettes and antique dolls.
Because of a post-war shift in the American work ethic mixed with a national trend to merge the Recreation and Parks Departments, recreational activities such as these have all but vanished. Read more...
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