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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A Harlem Tenement Was Her NeighborhoodNew York Times, July 29th
The building may not look like much — it's a lonely six-story brick tenement sandwiched between a U-Haul warehouse and what used to be the Madame Alexander doll factory, across the street from a bus depot. But to me and my childhood neighbors, it was ...Read more
Some of our favorite stories and reviews by Joe WilliamsSTLtoday.com, July 27th
Depending on whom you ask, his precious realms resemble doll houses or human zoos. For Anderson's ... Order devolves into comic chaos when one of Gustave's many lovers, the octogenarian Madame D. (Tilda Swinton in old-age makeup), drops dead after...Read more
The Best Little Museum You Never Visited in ParisSmithsonian, July 27th
This explains some of the collection's more unusual pieces, such as the set of mechanical toys, including a miniature, elaborately dressed doll strumming Marie Antoinette's favorite music on a dulcimer; or the famous courtesan Madame de Pompadour's...Read more
Dolls awaken hopes dreams and imaginationThe Courier-Journal, July 9th
She has always had a panoply of clothing and accessories available for her, and her iconic charm created many competitors and copy cats, including Madame Alexander's Wendy doll." The Barbie Doll made its debut on March 9, 1959. In the 1960's there ...Read more
Saying goodbye to FAO Schwarz's flagship storeMashable, July 8th
July 15, 2015 will mark the end of an era for kids (and kids at heart) in New York City, as the world famous FAO Schwarz closes the doors on its flagship store. Although Toys'R'Us, the toy store's parent company, has stated FAO will find a new home in ...Read more
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
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