"Anna" is a spoon-faced doll wearing a mop hair and a dish towel dress. Her body and limbs are made of a potato masher, hand mixer, cooking fork, tea strainer and biscuit cutter. Ten wooden clothespins hang at her side. Presented at bridal parties, gifts like Anna were intended to assist the bride-to-be with her housewifely chores. Bridal parties have traditionally provided an opportunity for the bride to reinforce bonds to her friends and prepare herself morally and materially for married life. Such parties are said to have first been called "showers" in the 1890s after the fashion pages reported on one particularly creative party in which the bride-to-be was "showered" with little gifts tipped out of a Japanese parasol.
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