According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Their children made nests in which this creature could lay its colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread across the U.S. and the fabled rabbit’s Easter morning deliveries expanded to include chocolate and other types of candy and gifts, while decorated baskets replaced nests. Additionally, children often left out carrots for the bunny in case he got hungry from all his hopping.
Cloth dolls were the first product of the Alexander Doll Company. Madame and her three sisters were the company - making the dolls themselves. Here is a whimsical cloth 1940 Bunny Belle character doll by Madame Alexander with oil painted mask face, pink hair in braids, bright blue right glancing eyes, blushed apple cheeks and slant mouth. She weasr a felt short suit with pink jacket, white collar & blue skirt.