|Girl with Doll, ca. 1765, Jean-Etienne Liotard, (a Swiss artist from the 18th century).|
|Dolls from the 19th century and before. The Moravian rag doll (above, left) is a modern-day copy.|
|Ceramics made dolls realistic; color lithography made them affordable. |
Regardless, little girls' imaginations made them fun.
|By the 1930s, Hollywood and current events fed the imaginations of doll designers. |
The Depression once more brought back the homemade doll.
|During the 1940s, Shirley Temple grew up, Scarlett O'Hara's mammy took care of white babies, and the Kewpie doll sold like hotcakes, at least on the west side of the Atlantic.|
|During the halcyon days of the 50s, the baby doll evolved into the sexy doll. Hollywood's lovely June Allyson couldn't compete on paper with the grossly distorted plastic female anatomy of Mattel's Barbie, born in 1959/|
|In the 1960s, dolls learned to walk, talk, urinate, cry, and get married. Those who didn't, presumably became British nannies or old maids ala Mary Poppins or Mrs. Beasley (from the TV series Family Affair.)|
|Having become almost human, dolls during the century took a collectible turn as with the Trolls or simply became unrealistically "cute."|
|Boys playing with dolls? What's this world coming too? Better father's perhaps?|
|This Japanese doll is definitely soft, but not inflatable, |
and definitely not suitable for children of any age.
|Danbury Mint Porcelain Doll. He (or she) is likely |
laughing all the way to the bank.
|Okay, altogether now..."ahhhhhhhhhh." Cute, cuddly, with minimal maintenance.|
|Little girls can play with life-size dolls too, as |
with this early creation by the late doll designer,
Lee Middleton of Belpre, Ohio.
|Guess who now has their own "action" figure.|