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Hillbilly Stereotype Objects in the Appalachian Artifact Collections

18 Hillbilly Stereotype Artifacts Described by Student Curator Brittney Westbrook in 2006

Parker Brothers Plug-A-Jug Game 2003.29.1

[Accession 2003.29.1]

This family game, made by Parker Brothers was released in 1969 following on the popularity of the Beverly Hillbillies television series. The appearance of a family game based on a moonshine jug demonstrates how the popularity of the show made hillbilly imagery so mainstream in America that it even appeared on a family game. 

The game consists of a plastic jug with cork, twenty-eight plastic letters, a black wooden marble, and a die. This example is worn and incomplete. Directions for play are as follows:

"Open the Jug at the bottom and take out the plastic bag. Remove the die and pour the letters and marble in the jug and reclose.... Place the Jug in the center of the playing area and start rolling the die, in turn, moving clockwise. Players are allowed just one roll per turn. The first player to roll a Jug symbol quickly removes the cork from the Jug and begins shaking letters into his hand. While that player is trying to spell PLUG-A-JUG, the others try, in turn, to roll a Cork symbol. As soon as a player rolls a Cork symbol, the one with the Jug must put it down, return any extra letters to the jug and replace the Cork. If a player shakes out the marble and gets caught with it, he must return all of his letters and start over. The player to the left of teh one who rolled the Cork symbol then rolls the die and play continues. The first player to spell PLUG-A-JUG wins the game. The Jug contains enough letters so that up to four players have an equal chance to win." 

Three Mountaineers Wooden Bathroom Sign 2004.2.1

[Accession 2004.2.1]

The spinner is used for bathroom occupancy notification. The spinner contains the picture of a "hillbilly" man standing in the door way of an outhouse. The label is made of paper and is divided into three sections of color. The label is also encased in a brown border. A metal hook is attached for door placement. Some of the cardboard is coming apart. It is marked "Three Mountaineers, Inc." It is made from metal, compressed cardboard, and ink.

Hillbilly Bartender's Apron 2003.26.1

This bartender's apron ca. 1950s was likely made for the home bar scene that emerged in post-WWII suburban America. Home bar accessories with a hillbilly stereotype there appear to be quite common in that era.  It is made from cotton or muslin. 

Dimension: 36" L X 23" W.

Hillbilly Dancing Legs Doll 2005.67.1

[Accession 2005.67.1]

The doll is dressed in a red and black plaid shirt, gray felt pants, black shoes, and a green hat. The doll also has a long facial hair that is black in color. It is made of felt, plastic, paint, cloth, stuffing, glue, and thread.