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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Gadsden's Little Faces Doll Shop to close by June 30FOX6 WBRC - MyFoxAL.com, May 2nd
Since its inception in 1989, the Little Faces Doll Shop has sold Madame Alexander, Raggedy Ann, Barbie and even Beanie Babies. But it's best known for selling Lee Middleton Dolls, which depict life-like babies and include birth certificates, even...Read more
Summer 2015 Movie Releases: A Look at What's ComingNew York Times, May 1st
Gemma Bovery An update of “Madame Bovary,” Flaubert's 19th-century novel about adultery in the country. A young couple with .... Certain babies, it seems, are born in the factory equivalent of cabbage patches, sold to children as dolls and then...Read more
Treasures: Big, bisque-headed doll from Germany is of good qualityLexington Herald Leader, April 27th
But even Barbie and Madame Alexander are suffering right now and the market on dolls is somewhat sluggish, except for the very best of the best, which always seems to do well. Please, don't get us wrong, some fine old examples of dolls still bring...Read more
$2000 receipt for eagle wall brackets not to be believedOcala, April 25th
I have the box, even though it is in pieces, and the label reads "Madame Alexander, Color: Pink, Hair: Brown, Eyes: Blue, Alexander Doll Company, New York, N.Y., Founded in 1923." She is 12 inches long from the top of her head to the bottom of her feet...Read more
9 women you didn't know changed Utah historySalt Lake Tribune, April 14th
Dalton told stories in her own TV program, donned in giant ball gowns and perfectly rosy cheeks. She became such an icon that a Madame Alexander doll was designed after her. "She puts on this persona of princess who reads books to children and lives in ...Read more
Purvis' love translates into colossal Hartsville collectionSCNow, April 8th
“My granddaughter is six, and she loves dolls,” Purvis said. “I let her play with mine. I started collecting in the late 70s when Madame Alexander dolls were so popular and hard to get. I like historical, older things. I like to collect vintage hats...Read more
The Madame Alexander Doll Company, LLC And Crayola Enter Licensing ...PR Newswire (press release), February 10th
The Madame Alexander Doll Company encourages girls of all ages to enjoy a lifetime of doll fun, play, gifting, and collecting with products that include Madame Alexander Play, Baby, Fashion, and Collection dolls that are beautifully designed and ...Read more
Madame Alexander Doll display featured for reopeningChico Enterprise-Record, January 31st
Madame Alexander is a brand of American collectible dolls that were introduced in 1923. The doll line was the creation of Beatrice Alexander who as a young girl grew up surrounded by dolls as she lived above her father's doll hospital, the first ever...Read more