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The Fashions of Madame Alexander
Written by Kerra Davis   
Tuesday, 01 November 2005 00:00

The Alexander hard plastic “Cinderella” of 1950 came complete with tiara, necklace and bracelet.When it Came to Style, Variety and Quality, No One Did it With Quite the Creative Flair as the Madame!

Just hearing the name of Madame Alexander brings immediate images into the thoughts of doll collectors. “Other” dolls sat side by side in the dime stores and grocery stores of the land, but not the Alexander dolls. By the 1940s and 1950s, they were so exclusive they were displayed in their own glass cases in the doll section of big department stores. These were dolls with the higher price tags. These were dolls made for “looking” … not playing.

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The Wright Way
Written by Dolls Magazine   
Saturday, 01 October 2005 00:00

The Little Children, 1982, were the first R. John Wright child dollsDriven by the Forces of Style, Personality and Talent, John and Susan Wright have Blazed a Stellar Trail in the World of Doll Art

From the very first doll they created in 1976 in a small corner of their modest apartment to the modern masterpieces in felt they produce today in a multi-building production facility, the distinctive works of John and Susan Wright have earned this talented couple a prominent place in the pantheon of doll artists. Their range of work—dolls, bears and animals— make R. John Wright Dolls one of the few companies to effectively bridge the gap between these various fields. And they do it with distinctive style and that hallmark “R. John Wright” look, which discriminating collectors have come to cherish and covet over the years.

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Clothes Make the Vogue Dolls
Written by Judith Izen   
Saturday, 01 October 2005 00:00

Ginny and Jill are ready for school in their gray pleated skirt with matching gray and red check tops, as well as hats (courtesy Chree Kysar).Ginny, Jill, Ginette and the rest of the Vogue doll family show their solidarity—and style sense—by dressing alike. They represent a match made in fashion doll Heaven!

Children in the 1950s loved dressing their eight-inch Ginny in her many outfits.  Riding on the crest of the hard plastic doll wave in the United States, the first Ginny appeared in 1948, and went through several changes in the 1950s. Whether she was a painted eye strung doll, a sleep eye strung doll, a walker, or a bent knee walker, the little sweetie was always marked “VOGUE” on her head and “VOGUE DOLL” on her body (a patent number also appeared on the walking dolls). Even more versatile than her incarnations, were Ginny’s darling outfits. Each year little girls could look forward to Vogue Doll Company’s offerings of Ginny outfits.

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Edith, Encore
Written by Krystyna Poray Goddu   
Thursday, 01 September 2005 00:00

alexander-edithThe Enigmatic Appeal of The Lonely Doll is Renewed by a New Biography of the Book’s Creator and the Alexander Doll Company’s New Edition of the Storybook Character.

Dolls are rarely in the limelight in my upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan. So I literally stopped short when, early in the autumn of 2004, I passed one of my favorite bookshops, Ivy’s Books, and saw an old felt doll, a teddy bear and a group of Dare Wright’s The Lonely Doll books filling the front window. Peering more closely at the quirky display, I quickly realized its impetus: the publication that month of a biography of Dare Wright by Jean Nathan, which had already been generating press attention in publications like The New York Times and Vogue magazine. Nathan’s book, The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll (Henry Holt), sat in an antique birdcage in the center of the display.

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Passport to Adventure
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Monday, 01 August 2005 00:00

Since Creedy’s dolls are vinyl and relatively small—13 inches—they effortlessly fit into most pieces of luggage and valises. “Inge” just needs to grab her purse and scarf, and she’s set to go.Wave good-bye to flying solo! Berdine Creedy and Terri Lee stamp collectors’ wanderlust with brand-new travel dolls that are collectible copilots.

When Clint Eastwood strolled on the Red Carpet, on Oscar Night, 2005, his beautiful wife, TV reporter Dina Ruiz Eastwood, held onto his arm and sparkled in her well-tailored gown and tasteful jewelry. Hidden in Eastwood’s other hand, and visible to the discerning eye, was a colorful, comical paper doll. That’s right—Dirty Harry, the Man with No Name, the fellow who has made millions as a macho, silent desperado, carried a paper doll to the Academy Awards ceremony. The cutout figure is Flat Stanley Lambchop and he is part of a national literacy campaign. The two-di­mensional figure has been sent all over the world for the past decade, stacking up frequent flyer miles and encouraging his sponsoring school classes to write essays on his memorable adventures. Eastwood’s second-grade daughter was the “travel agent” who arranged for Stanley’s Hollywood debut— incidentally, Stanley has also visited the Oval Office, ridden on the space shuttle, and has climbed Mount Rainier. Here is one doll that doesn’t like to be boxed in. Not content to sit on a shelf, Flat Stanley is seeing the world, and the world is seeing him.

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It Pays to Advertise
Written by Robert Reed   
Monday, 01 November 2004 00:00

“Sun Sensation Barbie” was a Happy Meals 1992 premium from McDonald’s. …Especially If It’s With Barbie. As the Army of the Advertising Doll Versions Out There Will Attest, This Blonde Bombshell Has Definite Sales Appeal

Barbie, America’s best-selling doll, is also the nation’s best-selling adver­tising doll as well, selling and promoting everything from Avon to Wal-Mart.

The Barbie advertising army is on the march, and it’s not just the endearing March of Dimes. It also extends from shoppers at Bloomingdale’s department store to the athletes of the Women’s National Basketball Association.
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A Glorious Legacy
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Friday, 01 October 2004 00:00

alexander-coquettecissyAn Achievement Award Highlights The Alexander Doll Company’s Past, Present and Future.

Popular wisdom has taught us that it’s not where you start, it’s where you finish. In the case of Bertha Alexander, born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in 1895, her final destination was a far cry from the steaming tenements, rickety pushcarts and hardworking immigrants that surrounded her childhood. When she passed away in 1990, she had lived a life full of creativity, ingenuity, accolades and ac­complishments. Married to a supportive husband, Philip Behr­man, and the proud mother of a daughter, Mildred, Bertha had basked in the respect and affection of her family, and of the entire world. For you see, Bertha Behrman was known internationally as Madame Beatrice Alexander.

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There She Is...Miss America!
Written by Robert Tonner   
Wednesday, 01 September 2004 00:00

With her impeccable gown, lady-like long gloves and perfectly coiffed hair, “Miss America-1960s” is the personification of feminine elegance and glamour. The dressed doll, which is priced at $149.99, is limited to 500 pieces. Meant to Represent the Crème de la Crème of Feminine Ideals, these Lovely Dolls are all Winners

In my 25 years of doll collecting, I continue to be inspired and fascinated by the way other collectors focus on different areas and sub areas when building their doll collections. Take, for instance, the Barbie collector whose interest is only Skipper or Midge, or the Shirley Temple lover who will only collect the exceedingly rare compo versions of the dolls. As I delved into my research for our Miss America doll, I was delighted to discover a new (for me) collection, full of nuance and the “thrill of the chase”–the Miss America doll.

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Passport to Fantasy
Written by Robert Tonner   
Wednesday, 01 September 2004 00:00

timoWith her latest dolls, Annette Himstedt’s imagination travels far and wide.

The 2003 Himstedt line bears a resemblance to past offerings, but it is a fuller, richer, more personal gathering of porcelain and vinyl charmers. Doll artist Annette Himstedt was determined to shepherd her company into a new arena, anxious to have her creations priced af­fordably and to have more designs for her dedicated collectors and followers to choose from.

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Living the Life of Riley
Written by Meredith Matthews   
Wednesday, 01 September 2004 00:00

As affordable as she is cute, the basic vinyl Riley costs about $96.With her new eight-inch doll, Helen Kish is discovering that huge success sometimes comes in tiny packages!

Anyone who thinks bigger is better obviously is not familiar with the work of Helen Kish. The doll artist, owner of Kish & Company, is well known for her richly detailed one-of-a-kind pieces, limited editions, and dolls she’s designed for com­panies like Dakin and Pleasant Company. Lately, though, she’s been reaping enormous re­wards from downsizing, both in art and life.

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