Madame Alexander 'Ana McGuffey" #496 * MINT!

Another of our family estate dolls is this very, very cute Madame Alexander 8" Wendy ANA McGUFFY doll. She is made of all jointed hard plastic and dates to the 1990. She belongs to The Miniature Showcase Collection Includes: hang tag, stand, box and registration cards. Box and doll are in excellent condition as they were stored when purchase and have never been played with or displayed. She has beautiful blond braided wig, sleep blue eyes with real eyelashes and excellent face colors. She is dressed in her plaid school girl dress with a white eyelet pinafore, brown shoes, white tights, pantaloons, petticoats and straw hat.

Hand tag and original wrappings and cards are included in her box. Excellent condition!

***************************************************** Madame Alexander 2010 Collector's Dolls Price Guide 35 By Linda Crowsey Antiques & Collectibles : Dolls | Education Collector Books Publication date: January 2011

Updated book on Madame Alexander doll value. Includes new color photographs in alphabetical listings of nearly every Madame Alexander doll and the newest store specials and limited editions.

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The History of Madame Alexander Dolls

In 1923, Madame Beatrice Alexander Behrman founded the Alexander Doll Company and began to fulfill her dream of creating beautifully handcrafted play dolls for children. Madame's vision was founded on her unwavering belief that dolls should engage the imagination and contribute to a child's happiness and understanding of the world. Over the decades, great works of literature, the arts, and the different cultures of the world became the inspiration for many of her creations. More than 85 years later, the company she founded upholds this dream by creating award-winning dolls that continue to delight generations of children and collectors all over the world.

Madame Alexander: Her Life and Company

The daughter of Russian immigrants, Beatrice Alexander was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 9, 1895. She was raised over her father's doll hospital - the first in America - and often played with the dolls waiting to be mended. Her belief in the American dream, combined with her love of dolls and their costumes, led her to start her own doll company when she was 28 years old. Within a few years she had moved her business from the kitchen table to a downtown New York City studio, later relocating to its present day headquarters in the Manhattanville section of Harlem.

Madame Alexander always infused a sense of excitement, wonderment and quality into her handcrafted dolls, while never allowing her creations to emerge looking anything less than impeccable. Over the years, she initiated a series of "firsts" in the toy industry:

In addition, Madame was the recipient of numerous awards for her work over the years, including the prestigious Fashion Academy Gold Medal Award for four consecutive years (1951-1954) and Doll Reader magazine's first Lifetime Achievement Award (1986).

Following her 90th birthday in 1985, Madame began to take on an advisory role in the company, officially retiring in 1988. On October 3, 1990, Madame Beatrice Alexander Berhman passed away at the age of 95.

Item ID: 6411

$85 USD

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