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Object Name Doll
Date 1956 copyright
Description Baby doll. Rubber head with molded brown hair and painted features; cloth body. Doll is wearing a hooded white sleeper. Maker's mark on back of head: "copyright KNICKERBOCKER 1956". Clothing is marked "ANIMALS OF / DISTINCTION / MADE IN U.S.A. / Knickerbocker / Toy Co., Inc. / New York, U.S.A."
(Keywords: Twentieth Century)
Acquisition Gift of Felix Alia
Ownership and History Baby dolls were not common in America until the 1900s. Most earlier dolls took the form of ladies or girls. By 1900, infancy was newly appreciated as an important stage of life, and healthy babies symbolized successful families.

After World War II, the increased use of plastic made baby dolls cheaper to make, and consumers were pleased that they could not easily be broken.
Earliest Date 1956
Latest Date 1960
Maker Knickerbocker Toy Co.
Subjects Dolls
Lexicon Sub-category Toy
Catalog Number T03.0257
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
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