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About a month ago I found this 9" vintage ballerina doll at a sale. She was lying in a cardboard box with a broken leg. She was just too precious to leave behind.
Once I arrived at home, I noticed her dress had a Madame Alexander tag. I got out my MA doll guide book and thought she might be a Cissette from the 1950's.
Knowing that the amount I paid for her, plus having her repaired, might mean I would lose out on the deal. She was just too adorable to be cast aside, so I decided to get her back into shape again.
What to do for a broken dolly? Take her to a doll hospital! Bebe and I wrapped up the little Cissette and went for a ride to see what could be done.
We found one and found out that little Cissette could be repaired!
We saw all kinds of other dolls...
You can bet Bebe had a blast checking out all of the dolls and accessories.
My favorite is the Madame Alexander Cissy ballerina doll from the 1950's.
Here's a little bit of Madame Alexander doll history from the website here.
Did you know?
"The Alexander Doll Company was founded 75 years ago by Madame Beatrice Alexander Behrman, the daughter of Russian immigrants. She was raised over her father's doll hospital - the first in America - and often played with the dolls waiting to be mended. Her love of dolls led this dynamic woman to creating her own line of dolls. Madame Alexander infused a sense of excitement and wonderment in her fine quality, handcrafted dolls. She initiated a series of firsts in the toy industry: the first doll based on a licensed character (Scarlett from Gone With the Wind), which led to the creation of dolls based on characters from popular motion pictures; the first to bring feature baby dolls to market; the first to create dolls in honor of living people (Queen Elizabeth, the Dionne Quints). Madame Alexander was also the first to introduce the first full figured fashion doll (Cissy) with haute couture outfits. The tradition and elegance of Madame Alexander dolls continues today with a full line of collectible dolls, baby dolls and play dolls. The Alexander Doll Company is the only major manufacturer of handcrafted dolls in America."
Bebe and I bid farewell
to all of the lovely "ladies."
We had a great time visiting
and we'll be going back to pick up
our little hospital patient soon.
Hope you enjoyed our mini-tour!
Here are this week's features:
Betsy of My Salvaged Treasures wen to a vintage fair and took these amazing pictures of cool displays like this one. Thanks for the personal tour, I loved it!
and Diana of Adirondack Girl at Heart shared gorgeous photos of "A Day in Amish Countryside." Beautiful scenery and she shared her finds in an earlier post. All wonderful!
But then again, I am biased! I love living here.
and Debbie at Debbie Dabble shared her creative space.
Her home is always so charming! Lovin' the antique sewing machine, Debbie!
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