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  Dolls, Doll Clothing, and Doll Houses
 
 
Greiner doll In 1858 Ludwig Greiner, a Philadelphia "toy
man," was granted the first American patent for a
manufactured doll's head. This doll has a "Greiner's Patent Head."

Information or research assistance regarding dolls, doll clothing, and doll houses is frequently requested from the Smithsonian Institution. The following information has been prepared to assist those interested in this topic.

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A Selected List of References

Anderton, Johana Gast. More Twentieth Century Dolls from Bisque to Vinyl. North Kansas City, MO: Athena Publishing Co., 1974.

______. Twentieth Century Dolls from Bisque to Vinyl. North Kansas City, MO: Athena Publishing Co., 1974.

______. Sewing for Twentieth Century Dolls. North Kansas City, MO: Athena Publishing Co., 1972.

Boehn, Max von. Dolls and Puppets. 1932. Reprint. New York: Cooper Square Publishers, 1966.

Coleman, Dorothy S. The Collector's Book of Dolls' Clothes: Costumes in Miniature, 1700-1929. New York: Crown Publishers, 1975.

Coleman, Dorothy S., Elizabeth A. Coleman, and Evelyn J. Coleman. The Collector's Encyclopedia of Dolls. New York: Crown Publishing Co., 1968.

_____. The Collector's Encyclopedia of Dolls. Volume Two. New York: Crown Publishing, Inc., 1986.

Eaton, Faith. Classic Dolls' Houses. 1990. Stamford, CT: Longmeadow Press, 1994.

_____. The Ultimate Dolls' House Book. New York: Dorling Kindersley, 1994.

Gibbs, Patikii, and Tyson Gibbs. Collector's Encyclopedia of Black Dolls. Paducah, KY: Collectors Books, 1987.

Goodfellow, Caroline. The Ultimate Doll Book. New York: Dorling Kindersley, 1993.

*Jacobs, Flora Gill. Dolls' Houses in America: Historic Preservation in Miniature. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1974.

*_____ . A History of Dolls' Houses. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1965.

Johnson, Audrey. How to Repair and Dress Old Dolls. Newton Centre, MA: Charles T. Branford Co., 1967.

Krechniak, Helen Bullard. The American Doll Artist. North Kansas City, MO: Athena Publishing Co., 1975.

Lavitt, Wendy. Dolls. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1983.

Merrill, Madeline Osborne. The Art of Dolls, 1700-1940. Cumberland, MD: Hobby House Press, Inc., 1985.

Noble, John. Dolls. New York: Walker, 1967.

Perkins, Myla. Black Dolls 1820-1991: An Identification & Value Guide. Paducah, KY: Collectors Books, 1993.

White, Gwen. Dolls of the World. Newton Centre, MA: Charles T. Branford Co., 1975.

_____. European and American Dolls and Their Marks and Patents. London: Batsford, 1966.

Young, Helen. The Complete Book of Doll Collecting. Rev. ed. New York: Putnam, 1977.

Many articles on dolls and doll houses appear in collectors' magazines, such as Antiques and Hobbies, and can be found under the appropriate headings in The Art Index and The Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature.

*Asterisks indicate books that include doll houses.

Faith Bradford Doll HouseBradford doll house at the National Museum of American History

Prepared by the Division Social History, Domestic Life Collections,
in cooperation with Public Inquiry Services,
Smithsonian Institution

PIMS/DOM13/rev. 7/97

 

 
 

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