St. Patrick's Day 2016, and the cover doll is a circa 1930s cloth doll by Georgene Averill. A contemporary of Madame Alexander and also from New York City, both started making cloth dolls at about the same time. Georgene Averill would also adopt “Madame” for herself, and would become Madame Hendren. Some of the 1930s cloth dolls of Madame Alexander and Georgene Averill are very similar to each other - It would be interesting to know who was influencing who. Both would be inspired by the felt dolls of Madame Lenci of the renowned Italian Lenci Doll Company.
Of course, it's intriguing that all three of these talented ladies became "Madame". Perhaps to embellish her position in business, Madame Alexander would write a column for a number of years explaining proper etiquette, manners, suggestions on entertaining, along with fashion advice. But even the spelling of "Madame" had had a bit of an identity cruises as her title switched from Madame to Madam and finally, back again. Her good friend the cosmetic entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein also used Madame - so regardless of the reason(s), it rolls off the tongue as if this is what had always meant to be.