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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Seems Connor, with all good intentions, sold his children's first baby shoes, outfits worn home from the hospital and his daughter's Madame Alexander doll collection. It went fast and at full asked for price! Connor offered to buy back the items at $3...Read more
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Gallehugh gained experience in embellishment-heavy corners of the fashion industry, briefly designing Madame Alexander doll clothes and "accessories-based" table-wares, including beaded and embroidered fabric meant to look almost like jewelry...Read more
Frankly, my dearCleburne Times-Review, July 21st
Now, thanks to the obsession of a local woman, the book and movie have more than another museum: It's a shrine. The brainchild of Vicky Rogers, the Gone With the Wind Remembered Museum & Gift Shop opened in Cleburne on Saturday. The event ...Read more
Beacon's Glow Collectibles Now Offers Lower Free Shipping MinimumsPR.com (press release), July 8th
Predominant doll manufacturers include: Heart and Soul Dolls; Madame Alexander Dolls; Hidegard Gunzel Dolls; Heidi Plusczok Dolls; Lorella Falconi Dolls; Helen Kish Dolls and Adora Dolls. They also carry the very popular Jim Shore Figurines, as well as ...Read more
Help! Get your doll back on its feetFlorida Today, July 1st
Dear Help!: I have a beautiful but old (never removed from the box) 16-inch Madame Alexander doll that I recently purchased from Goodwill. The doll is still attached in the box but is probably 25 years old and it unfortunately has come apart at the...Read more