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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"Mom would get dolls from all sorts of places, from museums to Deseret Industries. Her collections included Madam Alexander, a room of Barbie dolls, a room of Disney dolls, Cabbage-Patch, a whole wall of International dolls, action figure dolls, and...Read more
Break on the Way to the BeachHuffington Post, April 16th
Nearby, Crackerjacks, an old school toy store, is packed with just about anything a kid could hope for from Rainbow Looms to Legos to books to Madame Alexander dolls to musical instruments to costumes. Next door to the toyshop is the locally owned Clay ...Read more
Doll collectors gather at Watseka libraryNewsbug.info, April 13th
There were Cupie dolls, Anna Leigh dolls, Madame Alexander dolls, Betsy Wetsy dolls, Robert Tonner dolls, F&B dolls, Toni dolls, Betsy McCall dolls, Hummel dolls, Franklin Mint dolls, Hamilton dolls, Vogue dolls and American Girl dolls. Read the full...Read more
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Y'all are so wrong for the full set of teeth comment about Alexander O'Neal, LMAO!! It was a frightful mess though seeing it and then when he ... Kid Cudi looks like a black Ken doll in that picture. He looks very good. Before, he looked like he...Read more
Clarksville's Customs House Museum April 2014 Exhibits and ActivitiesClarksville Online, March 31st
Memorabilia from the collection of Dr. John Olson, including Madame Alexander dolls, original scripts, books, autographs, and more. Andy Warhol Photograph by Raeanne Rubenstein Sessions with Andy Warhol Photography from the University of South ...Read more
Estate Sale Roundup: March 29-30: Put on some sunblock and crank up the ...Austin Chronicle, March 28th
Oak roll top desk by Brass Bell; 5' concrete wall fountain; lots of patio furniture; rare Beanie Babies in the boxes; Madame Alexander storybook dolls; decorative lamps; Madame Alexander storybook dolls; John Maddocks Blue Willow platter; Delft...Read more
I'll Miss Barbie When She GoesJewish Daily Forward (blog), March 26th
I owned dozens of Barbies as a child, and played with them frequently, and I also loved American Girl dolls, paper dolls and Madame Alexander dolls. And yet, by third grade I was already identified as the class feminist. At my birthday parties, one...Read more
Please don't purchase real bunnies, we can help!Examiner.com, March 21st
So, I want to say to New York Doll Collectors, please, if you have a family member or friend, who is looking to purchase a real bunny for their children, direct them to toys and of course dolls! We would like to recommend Madame Alexander's My First...Read more