The history of dolls may begin in prehistoric times with idols and ancestor images. Named "Mollie Bentley," this doll was the work of a girl by the same name who lived in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. (Vernette Snyder) Ripley (object owner), American Doll: "Mollie Bentley", 1936, watercolor, graphite, and pen and ink on paper, Index of American Design, 1943.8.8135 Here is a handmade cloth doll representing a grandmother knitting a red wool sock.
It is known that toy dolls as such existed in ancient Egypt and Greece, where examples have been found in archaeological excavations. "Mollie's" clothing includes two types of cotton fabric popular in the nineteenth century: calico, a name derived from Calicut, India, where cotton textiles were first printed; and gingham, whose name is of either Malayan or French origin, a fabric that had been used from the early days of the colonies. Romano (artist), American, 1915 - 2009, and Edith Towner (artist), American, active c. This was the one-thousandth doll made by this woman. 1935, Anonymous Craftsman (object maker), Wenham Historical Society (object owner), Doll, c.
1936, watercolor and graphite on paper, Index of American Design, 1943.8.15542 Boy dolls have never been common. 1937, watercolor, pen and ink, and graphite on paper, Index of American Design, 1943.8.15419 The range of materials used to make dolls shows great ingenuity.
This doll, named "Johnnie," dates from the early nineteenth century. In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, a number of American dolls were made from cornhusks and corncobs.
He wears a blue challis suit and finely hand-tucked linens. This cornhusk doll was made about 1895 in Essex County, Massachusetts.
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