Vintage Madame Alexander baby dolls

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2015-06-26 10:33:39

Vintage Madame Alexander baby dolls are baby dolls made by the Alexander Doll Company. It was in 1923 when Madame Beatrice Alexander established her own company, the Alexander Doll Company. She wanted to produce beautiful dolls that not only captured the imagination of children but also contributed to their happiness.

Many Madame Alexander dolls are inspired by various subjects such as popular children’s characters and well-known personalities. Today, the company that Madame founded more than 80 years ago is still operating, continuing to produce high quality dolls that do not fail to delight and captivate the hearts of both kids and adults alike.

About Madame Alexander

Beatrice Alexander was born to Russian immigrant parents in Brooklyn, New York on March 9, 1895. Growing up, she stayed in a room that was located just above her dad’s doll hospital, giving her ready access to dolls.

When Madame Alexander was 28 years old, she established her own doll making business, which she named the Alexander Doll Company. In just a few years, she was able to move her operations from her kitchen to a studio in downtown New York. Later on, she transferred her office to the current location of the Alexander Doll Company in Harlem.

Madame Alexander always strived to improve her products and was constantly on the lookout for unique concepts and ideas. She was regarded as an innovator and was able to introduce a number of “firsts” in the doll industry.

She was also a recipient many times over of awards that cited her work and contributions. Examples of awards that she received during her lifetime are Doll Reader magazine's first Lifetime Achievement Award given in 1986 and the Fashion Academy Gold Medal Award.

Vintage Madame Alexander baby dolls

Baby dolls are among the products that the Alexander Doll Company makes. These dolls were often bought by mothers for their children to play with. Dolls which had more intricate designs on the other hand were normally bought to be displayed. Generally speaking, vintage Madame Alexander baby dolls are less valued by collectors than other Madame Alexander collectible dolls. There are of course some exceptions such as the Little Genius and Littlest Kitten dolls.

The Original Pussycat

Original Pussycat dolls have a cloth body and feature soft vinyl arms, leg, and head. These 14 inch dolls come with a beautiful wardrobe which is generally comprised of tiny boots, a bonnet, and a dress. Each doll has a specific name such as, Mistletoe Kisses, Sweet Flower Patch, Hundred Acre Woods Friends, Raspberry Delight, and Sweet As Pie.

These vintage baby dolls are highly collectible, and are usually bought to be displayed, not played with.

Kathleen Toddler

This 23 inches doll was introduced in 1959 and was made of rigid vinyl. Its pink and white polka dot dress has a white collar and white trim around the sleeves.

Binnie

This doll stands 18 inches and was made in 1964. It has blonde hair, blue eyes, and chubby cheeks. It wears a blue dress that has a white trim around the collar and sleeves.

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