Jitterbug Lou

Name: Jitterbug Lou

Made by and When: Blossom Doll Company, circa 1930s

Material: Cloth, yarn

Marks: The front of the original tag reads, “This doll combines artistic styling and finest workmanship. A Blossom Doll Creation.” The back of the tag reads, “My Name Is Jitterbug Lou.” (Jitterbug Lou is stamped diagonally underneath “My Name Is”)

Height: 11 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Short black looped yarn hair, sculpted facial features under cloth; painted black eyes with blue irises, black eyebrows; smiling mouth with dimples on both sides of the mouth, and painted teeth area

Clothes: Yellow crepe satin pussycat-bow blouse has short, ruffled sleeves; wears a rust-colored vest, and a yellow-feathered rust beanie with a burgundy, green, and white plaid skirt; yellow socks and burgundy shoes complete her outfit.

Other: On the Doll Reference website, Blossom Doll Company is listed as a maker of boudoir dolls (also known as bed dolls or sofa dolls). Making dolls from the 1920s to 1930s, the New-York-based company also made smaller cloth dolls like Jitterbug Lou.

Jitterbug Lou is from the Dawn Spears Black Legacy Images Collection.

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Published by DeeBeeGee

Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

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