Madame Alexander Dolls High Quality Images of Beauty...
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...Her Name was
Beatrice Alexander Madame Alexander Dolls Beatrice Alexander was
respectfully referred to as the queen of doll manufacturers, Madame
Alexander was literally "born" into the business.
As stated in "Madame
Alexander Dolls Collector Dolls" by Patricia Smith, Beatrice
Alexander was born above "the first doll hospital in the United
Her love of beauty
and desire to capture childhood in the image of a doll led to her
first creation. "During World War I...Beatrice created a little
Red Cross Nurse doll and a baby of cloth".
In 1923 Beatrice and
her three sisters worked together to produce in quantity the doll
created in the image of her daughter Mildred. Thus, the commercial
doll company became The Alexander Doll Company and the beginning of
the Madame Alexander Dolls legend.
Beatrice enticed her husband to accompany her in the venture and "together they built a company beyond their dreams."
Beginning with the 7
1/2 to 8" "Tiny Betty" (circa 1935) through the later
years of composition (circa 1948), the Madame Alexander composition
dolls evolved into popular, high-quality images of beauty. 1937 seems
to be the launch pad of her most beautiful creations.
"Princess Elizabeth," a doll with a child-like facial structure, was offered in sizes from 13" through 27". The doll was released at the time of the Coronation of King George VI (the father of Princess Elizabeth).
The mold of the
"Princess Elizabeth" doll was used for other composition
dolls in the following years. Kate Greenaway, Princess Margaret Rose,
Babsie Skater, McGuffey Ana, Cinderella, Flora McFlimsey to name a
eBay has a rather large set of listings of vintage Madame Alexander dolls for sale, if you are interested in a purchase, or to find values if looking for costs, it is necessary to register with eBay.
There were trunks
and wardrobes of extra clothing available. Some clothing was tagged.
A lot was not.
Madame Alexander Dolls also favored Weddings
The composition girl
that I find most appealing is the beautiful "Wendy Ann" or
"Wendy." Released in under many names, the doll that I
sought the longest, and the most diligently was the "Wendy
Bride." (Circa 1937-1948).
Given to me at
Christmas, by my father who was in the Philippines at the time, I had
this lovely bride with me until my early adult years. It was only
after reading the many letters written to my grandmother from my
father during the War that I discovered that he had instructed my
aunt to purchase the doll for me.
Makes sense to me
now. I am sure the Philippines during World War II was not the ideal
place to purchase a Madame Alexander doll, much a bride doll!
Through circumstances beyond my control, she had been lost, and I thought that it was forever. But, we seldom forget any detail of the dolls we loved as a child. I had very clear, exact memories of her dress and veil.
Many years later,
the search was over.
My husband had
driven me 300 miles to a doll show. He waited in the car while I ran
in "for a few minutes." He was probably shocked to see me
exit in the exact stated "few minutes," as my long lost
Madame Alexander doll was standing on the first table I had
Not even looking at
the price, I had purchased her and left the building. The
much-anticipated doll show had lost its appeal as I had obtained the
treasure I had been searching for.
And here she is!
Madame Alexander also created many other beautiful Wendy Brides. The Wendy's face is slender and pensive. Large eyes and a soulful look, she is a breathtaking doll.
Of course, through
the years, many other brides have attended the large wedding
reception going on at this location.
Sally Bride and
Once you acquire a Madame Alexander Bride doll, she must have Bridesmaids. The bridesmaids' dresses are of the same design as the bride, only co-ordinated in pastels.
MADAME ALEXANDER DOLL, CISSY
Indeed the most
sophisticated creation of the Madame Alexander Dolls. Cissy's debut
was in 1955. The Cissy's face had been used before on Binnie Walker,
but, now she was a young lady with arched feet that wore high heels
and had arms that could be positioned easily to display her many
purses or carry her personalized hat box.
A "glass" counter to display her undergarments and girdles are a project for the future.
The department store
will have to expand to the mezzanine to accommodate more
accessories...and then there should be a display just for hats!
Probably the best place to look for the present "doll and accessories" value is on the Internet, primarily the auction sites--my favorite is eBay. In the completed, Madame Alexander Dolls section of eBay is where you can browse the past 30 days of completed auctions of Madame Alexander dolls and accessories. On the left side, in the box named "Display," you can select "Active Items" to see the "Madame Alexander dolls and accessories" presently up for auction.
Also, if you have a
doll or doll accessories you would like to find out about...eBay is
the place to start. In the Dolls and Bears Category just type in what
you have in the search window just under "Dolls & Bears"
on the left, and "Shazam", there appears a list of present,
up for auction items--in the "Display" box on the left
select "Completed Items", a new list will appear,
displaying completed items going back for 30 days.
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