Madame Alexander Dolls

Born in 1895 to Russian immigrants in Brooklyn, New York, Bertha Alexander Behrman grew up surrounded by dolls. She lived above her stepfather’s doll hospital, the first ever in the United States, and started making her own cloth dolls—representing Red Cross Nurses—to help his business during the difficult years of World War I. Bertha eventually married Philip Behrman, changed her first name to Beatrice, and founded the Alexander Doll...Continue Reading