Texan Toys: Children's Playthings as Potential Indicators of Socioeconomic Status at a Texas-Alsatian Homestead in Castroville, TX

Author(s): Jacqueline M Thiry; Kaitlyn E Horisk

Year: 2018

Summary

This poster presents analysis of children’s toys from two features excavated during the 2014 field season at a nineteenth- and twentieth-century Texas-Alsatian homestead in Medina County, Texas. The features that we focus on in this analysis are a slack-lime pit and a well, whose depositions are largely comprised of 20th-century artifacts. Toys considered include clay marbles, a "Frozen Charlotte" doll, and a promotional Little Orphan Annie seal.  We address the socioeconomic status of occupants at the site by consulting census records and through consideration of twentieth-century promotional toys in the assemblages. This project aims to expand our understanding of the role that toys play as potential indicators of socioeconomic standing in Castroville, Texas, as well as informing ongoing analysis of the site assemblage.

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Texan Toys: Children's Playthings as Potential Indicators of Socioeconomic Status at a Texas-Alsatian Homestead in Castroville, TX. Jacqueline M Thiry, Kaitlyn E Horisk. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441734)

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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 594