*Post edited to reflect correct information- because turns out I was wrong.
It turns out that Shaker women had a thriving industry of cape making in the late 19th and into the 20th century. These capes were quite popular among women outside the Shaker community. This popularity probably influenced our donor to purchase it while visiting western Massachusetts in the 1920s.
An article sent to me by @subversivegrrl entitled “Shaker Textiles, Cloak Making” by Sharon Duane Koomer traces the history Shaker cloak making. The article is really engaging and features color photos of other shaker cloaks. (so you really should check it out for yourself- link above)
In reference to “The Dorothy” Koomer states, “Oral
history indicates that the cloak industry began in Canterbury, New Hampshire,
where Eldress Dorothy Durgin created the well-known cloak design around 1890
and had it trademarked under the “Hart & Shepard” name in 1903. That design
became commonly known as “The Dorothy,” and by that time the industry was
already well-established.” pg 107.
“The Crab with the Golden Clawsis a 1947 Belgian stop-motion film based on the comic book of the same name from The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé. This was the first Tintin story to be adapted into a movie and follows the story of the comic almost exactly. It was also the first animated film out of Belgium.
Tintin finds himself involved in a mystery of a drowned man, a regular tin of crab meat, and the name of a ship called the Karaboudjan. Upon investigating the ship, Tintin discovers that the shipment of tin cans contains not crab meat, but drugs. After learning about the ship’s shady business, Tintin ends up becoming prisoner on the ship which already casted off from the port. The only way for Tintin to escape is by heading for dry land by life boat, and the only person to aid him is the ship’s beer guzzling Captain named Haddock who is the only one on board not aware that his crew is trafficking drugs right under his nose.
There were only two theatrical screenings of the film; the first at the ABC Cinema on 11 January, 1947 for a group of special invited guests, while the other one was shown in public on December 21 of that year, before producer Wilfried Bouchery declared bankruptcy and fled to Argentina. All of the equipment was seized and a copy of the film is currently stored at Belgium’s Cinémathèque Royale. The copy is available to watch for paying members of the Tintin club.”
“A helmeted Australian soldier, rifle in hand, looks out over a typical New Guinea landscape in the vicinity of Milne Bay on October 31, 1942, where an earlier Japanese attempt at invasion was defeated by the Australian defenders.”