In 1945, working out of their basement and garage, Muriel and her fiance' Tom began their own pottery business. Their printer had misspelled the name from Joseph to Josef on their label. Since they had no time to fix the error, the name Josef Originals became the name of the new California company. In 1954 Muriel & Tom met Mr. Good, a man who convinced them that if they made their figurines in Japan, it would greatly reduce their expenses. They continued to make Josef Originals in California, until 1960 when they opened a factory in Japan, and began operations by the name of "George Good Corporation"; the name of their new partner & Muriel's new married name (Muriel Joseph George). In 1981 Muriel retired, though she continued to create new Josef Original designs until 1985. George Good bought the company in 1982, and sold it in 1985 to Southland Corporation.
This eleventh birthday doll is circa 1960-1962, made in Japan. Dressed in pinkish lavender dress with large, gold trimmed bow in back she is ready to sew with her embroidery and needle in hand. She has the signature 'black' eyes, circa 1946-1962. Engraved on the base "Josef Originals" with copyright mark and oval foil "Japan" label. On her dress is a black & silver foil label "Josef Original". She measures 5 1/2" in height and 4 1/2" across the base with no cracks, chips or repairs. Darling.
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