Thursday, December 11, 2014

Madame Alexander Doll Collecting

When I was very young, Madame Alexander dolls had already been established as a highly coveted collectible.  My mom admired the dolls and let me know that they were very expensive and not to expect one.  Well, when I was about 8 years old, I was surprised to receive a Madame Alexander France doll of my very own.  She stayed on a shelf in my bedroom for many years.  Alas, when I was in my early 20s, I sold my doll (and two early Shirley Temples) to a collector in order to pay my phone bill:(  When I think of how high the phone bill was in comparison to my paycheck, it's a wonder I didn't sell everything I own!

Through the years I've come to admire these dolls, not just because of their popularity and high quality, but also because the dolls celebrated women in so many different areas.  For example, the women of opera or authors, or famous women of art.  This is so commendable in this age when celebrities are used to sell toys and dolls.  Hopefully you are able to enjoy these dolls as a collector, but given the nice secondary market, also children have an opportunity to play with them.

Here are some websites to learn more about this very popular doll manufacturer:

http://www.madamealexander.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madame_Alexander
http://www.collectorsweekly.com/dolls/madame-alexander
http://www.dollreference.com/alexander_dolls1948-1960s.html


Vintage Madame Alexander dolls in my Etsy Shop:

 

  


https://www.etsy.com/listing/213160506/madame-alexander-doll-eliza-doolittle?ref=shop_home_active_10

https://www.etsy.com/listing/213147098/madame-alexander-doll-renoir-1578?ref=shop_home_active_11

https://www.etsy.com/listing/213163187/madame-alexander-doll-opera-series-mimi?ref=shop_home_active_12

https://www.etsy.com/listing/213155046/madame-alexander-doll-emily-dickinson-14?ref=shop_home_active_13

https://www.etsy.com/listing/213172923/madame-alexander-doll-marme-little-women?ref=shop_home_active_14


2 comments:

  1. Good read, great pics, and links!

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  2. These are beautiful! I think I have one to list, but I haven't been able to find a duplicate to identify it, so I don't know if it's truly a Madame Alexander Doll.

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