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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Christmas in Jackson: From parades, to Santa at the courthouse and Candy ...Jackson Sun, December 1st
“It wasn't Christmas until Nolen's opened the curtains on the round window, revealing the Madame Alexander Dolls; then I walked down to the courthouse, up to this window, and told Santa which doll I wanted,” Donna Carter Hill added. That little Santa...Read more
Glad Writings We BringWinston-Salem Journal, November 29th
The shopping center was where we bought a tree every year at the old Scott Seed lawn and garden store; where my sisters and I eyed toy horses, Madame Alexander dolls, and bicycles at Fleet & Plummer Hardware, and bought wrapping paper, ribbon, and ...Read more
Turkey day blurs into Black Friday for Columbus-area shoppersColumbus Ledger-Enquirer, November 29th
“I don't do big doorbusters,” said Griffin, whose shop offers popular items such as ride-on toys, large stuffed animals, Hello Kitty merchandise, Madame Alexander dolls, scientific kits and Klutz books that show children how to do things in a simple...Read more
American Girl Deals for Black Friday 2013Business 2 Community, November 28th
For example, Target has its own line of 18-inch dolls called Our Generation, currently on sale for for $19.99. Sears has a series with Madame Alexander called Dollie and Me, currently ranging from $65.96 – $94.30, depending on the model. Toys “R” Us...Read more
UNICEF Tapped 42 Fashion Designers for Doll InitiativeFashion Times, November 22nd
Xcel Brands, which acquired designer apparel brand Isaac Mizrahi New York in 2011, has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with The Alexander Doll Co., which will enable it to create a selection of Madame Alexander dolls, doll apparel and doll ...Read more
Proclamation by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to celebrate November 17th, 2013 ...Sacramento Bee, November 15th
15, 2013 -- /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of the 90th anniversary of The Madame Alexander Doll Company, Mayor Bloomberg has proclaimed Sunday, November 17th as Madame Alexander Day in New York City in recognition of its significant contributions ...Read more
Madame Alexander to Launch Isaac Mizrahi DollsGifts & Decorative Accessories, November 5th
Gale Jarvis, president of The Madame Alexander Doll Company added, "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Xcel Brands & Isaac Mizrahi. The Madame Alexander Company, celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, has worked with many of ...Read more
Xcel Brands to create apparel for Alexander Doll CompanyFibre2fashion.com, November 5th
Xcel Brands, Inc. has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with The Alexander Doll Company to create a selection of Madame Alexander dolls, doll apparel and doll accessories under the Isaac Mizrahi New York label. It will consist of both collectible...Read more