C. J. Walker

Name: C. J. Walker Made by and When: Madame Alexander, 2011 Material: Hard plastic Marks: ALEXANDER (on the back) Height: 10 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black wig in a pinned up, early 1900s style/brown sleep eyes, painted lower eyelashes/closed mouth with painted red lips Clothes: As described by the manufacturer, the doll wears “a two-piece suit cutContinue reading “C. J. Walker”

Bessie Coleman

Name: Bessie Coleman Made by and When: Madame Alexander, 2009 Material: Hard plastic Marks: ALEXANDER (on the back) Height: 10 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black wig styled in a bob with bangs/brown sleep eyes, painted lower eyelashes/closed mouth with painted red lips Clothes: The doll’s very detailed outfit consists of a brown leatherette jacket, black vinyl beltContinue reading “Bessie Coleman”

Josephine Baker

Name: Josephine Baker Made by and When: Madame Alexander, 2007 Material: Hard plastic Marks: ALEXANDER (on the back), 200/400 (on bottom) Height: 10 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black bob-style wig/brown sleep eyes, painted lower eyelashes/closed mouth with painted red lips Clothes: The metallic and pearl bikini top, gold bikini bottom, banana skirt, gold dangle earrings, gold sandals,Continue reading “Josephine Baker”

Billie Holiday

Name: Billie Holiday Made by and When: Madame Alexander, 1997 Material: Hard plastic Marks: MME / ALEXANDER (on back) Height:  9-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Dark brown wig in upswept style accented with Billie Holiday’s signature side flower/brown sleep eyes, painted lower eyelashes/closed mouth with dark lip color Clothes: Shimmery silver sleeveless full-length gown with a trainContinue reading “Billie Holiday”

June Bug

Name: June Bug Made by and When: Beth Golding, 2006 Material: Bisque head and multi-articulated, string-jointed, painted wood body Marks: (Head) 2006 / BG Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair, Eyes, Facial Features: Dark brown mohair wig styled in four sectioned off plaits, dark brown stationary glass eyes, broad facial features Clothes: Red, white, and light blueContinue reading “June Bug”

Bleuette (Antique Reproduction)

Name: Bleuette (Antique Reproduction) Made by and When: Goldie Wilson, 2018 Material: Bisque head, multi-articulated, string-jointed, painted wooden body Marks: Unmarked Height: 11 inches Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Hand-made spiral curled black wig, brown stationary eyes, open/closed mouth with molded teeth area Clothes: Wears permanently attached pearl earrings and necklace, a lacy fascinator-style hat with floralContinue reading “Bleuette (Antique Reproduction)”

Paper Doll Sheets from Swedish Publications

Name: Paper Doll Sheets from Hemmets Journal, Hemmets Veckotidning, and Aret Runt Made by and When: Illustrated by different artists in 1962, 1966, 1968, 1973, 1976, 1978, and 1981-1986 Material: Paper Height: Paper dolls are of various heights Hair, Eyes, Mouth, Clothes: Artists’ renderings Other: The illustrations in the narrated video are courtesy of K.Continue reading “Paper Doll Sheets from Swedish Publications”

Naomi by Lenci

Name: Naomi Made by and When: Lenci, 1993 Material: Felt Marks: Lenci/Torino (on the body tag); the certificate of origin has a unique number that matches the number on the Attestation of Authenticity. Height: 19 inches Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Mid-back length, loosely curled dark brown wig with bangs; brown painted eyes, closed mouth with redContinue reading “Naomi by Lenci”

Artsy the First Black Barbie Fashionista

Name: Barbie Fashionista Artsy Made by and When: Mattel, 2009 Material: Posable vinyl Marks: (Head) TM / 0 2001/MATTEL, INC / ©2009 MATTEL INC / CHINA / 2199HF Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Auburn rooted hair with one spiral curl on the front right side and the top of the hair is pulled upContinue reading “Artsy the First Black Barbie Fashionista”

Non-Barbie Fashion Dolls, Clones, and Competitors 1960s to early-2000s

Name: Non-Barbie Fashion Dolls, Clones, and Competitors General Description: Mattel’s Barbie remains the most popular mainstream fashion doll to date. Because of the doll’s popularity, other 11-1/2 to 12-inch fashion dolls are often incorrectly referred to as Barbie. To piggyback on Mattel’s sales success with Barbie, throughout the years, other doll makers have created playscale-sizeContinue reading “Non-Barbie Fashion Dolls, Clones, and Competitors 1960s to early-2000s”