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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Written by Robert RakowRetail Merchandiser, May 26th
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The Madame Alexander Doll Company And Kahn Lucas Appoint Jamie ...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
Giggles-n-Stuff boutique will be first Clinton Row Project tenant to graduate ...AL.com, May 8th
Giggles-n-Stuff is Huntsville's first and only retail store geared toward American Girl, Our Generation, Journey Girls, My Life, Madame Alexander and other 18-inch dolls. Day launched Giggles-n-Stuff at Clinton Row last July to test her small business...Read more
Sales are final, examine purchases before leaving shopazcentral.com, May 5th
Q: My siblings and I are trying to sort out my mom's house, which includes 450 Madame Alexander dolls, all in their original boxes, and about 800 dolls of other brands such as Barbie, Boxer, etc. Can you tell me the name of someone who can advise us?...Read more
Treasures in Your Attic: Old dolls unloved by most collectorsThe Union Leader, May 5th
Dear Helaine and Joe: I have my great-grandmother's doll. She brought it from Germany when I was a child (I am now 64), and when she passed, it came to me. The doll's face and hands are china and her body is filled with sawdust. She is 23 inches tall...Read more
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
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