With vintage and antique dolls, it's not often you can say "mint in box - no excuses". This 1937 composition McGuffey Ana meets that rare standard. Mint dolls, in virtually undisturbed condition, offer a rare opportunity to study their intended vision by their creator and the company manufacturing the doll. The composition finish of this doll is clear, bright and a remarkable example of the composition standard Madame Alexander was striving for her still fledgling doll company. Not only the finishes, but the costuming is representative of this design vision - colors, textures and detail are all in play to help create a unique niche in a crowded market Alexander was competing in.
Another interesting detail is the condition of this dolls eyes. One of the features typical of these lovely old composition dolls is the deterioration of old glassine eyes. In this case, they are as clear and intact as the day the doll left the factory. How this doll survived in this condition is unknown to me. Whatever the history of this particular doll, she can now be enjoyed as part of the art of Alexander, almost as a moment in time revisited. Having it's original McGuffey Ana School House hang tag gives another interesting look at the dolls total concept from design to marketing by Madame Alexander. This kind of licensing and collaboration with books, film and the Arts would become a keystone of success for the Alexander Doll Company.