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 firs...
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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Alfreda Katherina HenriquezPalm Beach Daily News, May 16th
She branched out to sewing for schoolteachers and then clients in Palm Beach, said her daughter, Stephanie Henriquez of Columbus. Among her prominent clients was Madame Alexander, the grande dame of doll-making. “That was her full-time occupation...Read more
Mother's Day: A day for flowers, memoriesSavannah Morning News, May 11th
The first shop, where they also sold Madame Alexander dolls, was on Bull Street around 41st street. In the early '50's they moved it to Abercorn and Victory Drive. Four years later the florist shop moved to its current location next to a three-story...Read more
Madame Alexander Celebrates 90 Years of Delightful Dolls! (Photos)Babble, April 30th
Madame Beatrice Alexander Behrman came by her love of dolls naturally – her Russian-immigrant father opened the first doll hospital in America! To help make ends meet, she and her sisters created and sold cloth dolls based on World War 1 Red Cross...Read more