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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Welcome to the Doll ShowSanta Barbara Independent, March 5th
This Saturday, March 8, the event celebrates its 52nd year in conjunction with another important birthday: the 90th anniversary of Madame Alexander. Doll-savvy folk can recognize Alexander's handiwork a mile away; her creations range in size from 8- to ...Read more
BLOG CENTER: Or best offerMontgomery Newspapers, February 24th
No one wanted the Madame Alexander dolls; NO ONE wanted the tarnished sterling silver platters. In the end, we'd wasted an entire day and made just enough money to get a takeout pizza (no extra toppings) after we lugged things back inside. My sister C ...Read more
Erika Catellani Hand-Carved Wooden Dolls Arriving Soon at Beacon's Glow ...PR-BG.com (?????????????) (press release), February 22nd
Predominant doll manufacturers include: Madame Alexander Dolls; Helen Kish Dolls; Heidi Plusczok Dolls; Brenda's Reborn Nursery Dolls, Lorella Falconi Dolls and Adora Dolls. They also carry the very popular Jim Shore Figurines, as well as Snowbabies ...Read more
Toy Fair 2014: Lite-Brite and other vintage toys stage a comebackThe Star-Ledger, February 18th
Marking another strong return are Madame Alexander dolls, with a "Steampunk" update for the 75th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz" — Dorothy wears latched, red go-go boots. toy-fair-2014-spirograph.JPG Spirograph Deluxe Design Set by Kahootz, part of ...Read more
Toys Find Ways Into Hearts--And IRAsFinancial Advisor Magazine, February 11th
Edwards recalled mothers and grandmothers who bought beautiful, high-quality Madame Alexander dolls in the 1960's and 70s for their youngsters with the rule. “do not touch.” “But the girls never played with them and never had a sense to develop any ...Read more
Madame Alexander Doll Company To Expand Baby Doll LineBSCkids, February 11th
Madame Alexander Doll Company is well known for their amazing baby doll collections that generations of children played with. But as with any company, they have growing pains and want to expand their market share. So they have announced that they will ...Read more
The Madame Alexander Doll Company Celebrates the 75th AnniversaryVirtual Press Office (press release), February 10th
The Madame Alexander Doll Company Celebrates the 75th Anniversary of Hollywood Classic, Gone with the Wind™, with Two New Collectible Scarlett O?Hara Dolls. February 10, 2014 (New York, NY) – For generations, The Madame Alexander Doll ...Read more
The Madame Alexander Doll Company Celebrates the 75th Anniversary of ...The International News Magazine, February 8th
The Madame Alexander Doll Company Celebrates the 75th Anniversary of Hollywood Classic, Gone with the Wind™, with Two New Collectible Scarlett O?Hara Dolls. Monday, 10 February 2014 18:36 Reports about comments' content 0 Comments...Read more