Born in a crowded NY ghetto, she looked beyond her surroundings and envisioned a world of beautiful things. Alexander, who depended on a large portion of his dolls coming from Germany, trade embargos threatened to close the doors of his doll shop.She had the intelligence, the resourcefulness and the bravery to pursue her goals, no matter what the odds might be. Beatrice and her siblings refused to let this be the outcome, and using what materials they could get with relative ease, they created a little cloth doll in the costume of a Red Cross Worker.Because not all MA dolls are marked, examine your doll thoroughly, because you may locate the marks of other manufacturers, usually at the hairline, on the back or even on the soles of the feet.Collectors also note that clothing labels attached to garments or even woven into material may feature MA markings.I have many different International dolls from vintage to new.Cissette arrived two years after Cissy as the smaller, cuter and more affordable version of Alexander’s popular glamour doll.
It is entertaining to reflect on the fabulous makes of old-world dolls that might have come into Mr. Lavishly dressed dolls by Bru, Jumeau, Simon & Halbig, and Armand Marseille could easily have been the little patients that Beatrice studied in their silks and plumes, satins, laces and velvets.
The years were to prove what an observant child she must have been - her eye for the minute details that give dolls and doll fashions superior appeal stands second to none, down through the ages.
The story of Beatrice Alexander - the woman who would become one of the most successful American business women of her generation - is not unlike that of some of our other national heros in the Arts.
August 10, 1977 Margaret Winson, Jane Thomas and Ellie Watson presented the first modern doll exhibit at the 28th Annual United Federation of Doll Clubs.
Fan club members had a building by the pool and set up various modern dolls from Barbie to Madame Alexander for display.