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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Holiday Store Makeovers Give Malls, Retailers A LiftInvestor's Business Daily, December 18th
Included in the assortment are items such as the Harry Barker holiday-themed collection of dog-friendly gifts and Madame Alexander dolls. The arcade is a new setting for Macy's wide array of holiday gifts. It's aimed at "enhancing the shopping...Read more
Season offerings top Christmas lists of long agoAtchison Globe, December 18th
There were many styles of Madame Alexander dolls and battery operated toys like Charlie Weaver, the bartender, a monkey with symbols, the bear businessman seated at his desk and animated favorites. Other merchandise for sale in toy land included the ...Read more
And the College Football Oscar goes to . . .Montana Standard, December 16th
The Madame Alexander Doll Company plans to have a Danica Patrick edition, as well as other NASCAR-branded dolls, out in time for the 2015 holiday shopping season. The NHRA, not to be outdone, will counter with Barbie and Ken in drag. Copyright 2014 ...Read more
A bowl game that's not all it's quacked up to beThe Seattle Times, December 16th
The Madame Alexander Doll Company plans to have a Danica Patrick edition, as well as other NASCAR-branded dolls, out in time for the 2015 holiday shopping season. The NHRA, not to be outdone, will counter with Barbie and Ken in drag. Dwight Perry: ...Read more
Westfield Memorial Library presents 'Gone with the Wind' exhibitNJ.com, December 15th
the collection grew to include a Madame Alexander Scarlett O'Hara doll from her mother; a rag doll of Scarlet, made by her mother; a paper doll collection of Scarlett, little wooden replicas from the set, dolls of other characters, books...Read more
Review: Texas Ballet Theater's 'The Nutcracker'Fort Worth Star Telegram, December 13th
Of course, you know Stevenson is also meticulous about the ballet moves when the first dolls, Columbine (Heather Kotelenets) and Harlequine (Jomanuel Velazquez), are taken out of the wonderful cabbage carriage and blend robotic stiffness with balletic...Read more
Danica Patrick Might Get To Be A Real Doll Next YearThe Inquisitr, December 13th
talking about what could be the hottest doll of the year for Christmas, 2015, a Danica Patrick doll. According to NBC Sports, the Danica doll would part of a series of NASCAR inspired dolls that are being planned by the Madame Alexander Doll Company...Read more
Madame Alexander Partners with Nascar for New Line of DollsGifts & Decorative Accessories, December 11th
NEW YORK - Madame Alexander Doll Company has partnered with NASCAR Team Properties to design and develop new NASCAR play doll collections including dolls featuring superstar Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS for ...Read more