With a successful history of high-quality hand-crafted dolls that spans over 80 years, Madame Alexander has become a household name in doll collecting.
Founder Madame Beatrice Alexander Behrman grew up surrounded by dolls. She lived above her father’s doll hospital, the first ever in the U.S., and started making her own cloth dolls during World War I to help his business. These cloth dolls are rare and highly collectible today.
Some of Madame Alexander’s first creations were dolls representing popular characters, such as Alice in Wonderland, Little Women, and the Three Little Pigs. She produced the first doll based on a licensed character (Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With the Wind), and she was the first doll manufacturer to make dolls based on living people (she created composition dolls representing the Dionne Quintuplets and a young Queen Elizabeth when she was still a Princess).
During World War II, she developed doll representations of the armed forces to boost morale, and by the late 1940s, she switched to using hard plastic for her dolls because it was harder to break.
In 1953, she released the Alexander-kins, eight-inch dolls made of plastic. Alexander-kins may be the most well-known Madame Alexander dolls today.
Madame Alexander also produced popular fashion dolls, First Lady dolls, international dolls, and baby dolls. Although she sold the company in 1988, dolls bearing the name "Madame Alexander" are still sold today.
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The Madame Alexander Doll Company And Kahn Lucas Appoint Jamie Cygielman As ...PR Newswire (press release), May 11th
NEW YORK, May 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Madame Alexander Doll Company, a 92-year-old toy company, and Kahn Lucas, a 126-year-old privately owned, girls' apparel company, announced the appointment of Jamie Cygielman as General Manager, ...Read more
The Madame Alexander Doll Company, LLC And Crayola Enter Licensing Agreement ...PR Newswire (press release), February 10th
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