During WWI dolls were no longer imported from Germany and little girls in America still wanted dolls. Albert Schoenhut's character dolls were available, but - unlike adults - most children did not like them. They were too realistic. So the Schoenhut company decided to introduce Miss Dolly, whose face was based on the standard German bisque dolly face little girls loved so much. In fact, I think she is a direct 'steal' from Armand Marseille's 390. Miss Dolly actually sold for a higher price than her artistically designed brothers and sisters and was a hit with children everywhere.
Of course, I had to buy a little Miss Dolly who needed the doctor's touch.
Once I had the painting done, then it was time to give her a little 'shine', which I did with a paste wax. I used to use fixatives, but I rarely do anymore. They are too shiny for one thing and also, not 'period' correct. I prefer natural materials whenever I can use them.
And then I get to the fun part! With the bare slate of a bald head and face above, the doll doctor gets to play, trying on wigs and clothing until they find the 'spirit' of the doll. This little girl is actually awaiting her future outfit - I haven't found it yet. For now, I have put her in an aged silk jumper and blouse I bought on EBay. I like her in it, but it is not really correct for the type as it is more of a lady's than a child's dress. I chose a brown wig for her after trying several other colors. From what research I did, brown and blond seem to have been the most common colors. I may change the hair color with the new clothes - who know? - but for now I think the medium brown mohair suits her well.
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