Original Black Bye-Lo Baby

Name:  Black Bye-Lo Baby

Made by and When:  Grace Storey Putman, circa 1923

Material:  Bisque swivel head, composition hands, and cloth frog-shaped body

Marks: Copr. By G. S. Putman Made in Germany

Height: 19 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Molded hair painted brown, brown glass eyes, closed mouth

Clothes: Redressed in a vintage christening gown, coat, and more modern socks

Other: This Bye-Lo baby has its original crier.

Grace Storey Putnam fashioned the Bye-Lo baby after a three-day-old infant in 1922. Described as “the first ever to resemble a newborn child, the dolls became an instant success and were initially manufactured by George Borgfeldt & Co. Made of German bisque. White versions preceded Black versions. Vintage and modern reproductions of the Bye-lo baby exist. This doll is an original Black Bye-lo Baby. Read more about the history of the Bye-Lo Baby here.

Gallery (Photographs courtesy of Sharon Harbin)


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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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