Certain dolls by Madame Alexander seem to be more abundant for collectors. They are often the dolls we start out with because of their availability. A partial explanation as to the why certain MA dolls are are more prevalent are these two examples of coupons, sent to me by Glenn Mandeville, the Alexander Doll Company placed in magazines. The magazine's coupons (sorry, no C.O.D.s) make it possible to purchase dolls directly from the Alexander Doll Company. Interesting, the address provided by both these 1953 and 1954 dolls are the lower mid-town NYC office location which was just a few blocks from the original Alexander factory at 20 West 22nd Street in NYC - just before the move to the Harlem factory in about 1955. You can purchase the 1953 navy coat and red taffeta dress “Winnie Walker,” with hat, gloves, and hatbox - available in three sizes. Something both doll ads share is the company plug for their Fashion Academy Gold Medal Award.
Their second doll is a 1954 “Binnie Walker.” ”Binnie” is dressed in a hollyberry red gabardine coat with a leopard print hat and muff - available in three sizes. The coupon ad says Binnie has a wig rooted to her scalp. In the company’s product development, an early attempt at rooted hair was via a vinyl skull cap with the hair rooted to that. This was an iffy solution trying to incorporate a hard plastic head mold. Rooted hair would eventually evolve to newer vinyl molds. Since Madame Alexander produced the dolls she got orders for, it is possible particular dolls from each season were selected for some form of direct marketing, using coupons or another format to enhance sales for the company, and then factored into production quantities
Dior: From Paris to the World
Denver Art Museum
On View through March 3, 2019
Dior: From Paris to the World surveys 70 years of the House of Dior’s enduring legacy and its global influence. A selection of more than 200 couture dresses, as well as accessories, costume jewelry, photographs, drawings, runway videos, and other archival material, will trace the history of the iconic haute couture fashion house, its founder, Christian Dior, and the subsequent artistic directors who carried Dior’s vision into the 21st century.
Madame Alexander Doll Club
THE REVIEW Covers for 2018
The Official Publication of the
MADAME ALEXANDER DOLL CLUB
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