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  • Place of origin:

    Germany (Marked on neck as Made in Germany, Manufactured)

  • Date:

    1922 to 1925 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Putman , Grace Storey (Designer)
    Unknown (manufacturer)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Steve Wright

  • Museum number:

    B.269:1 to 7-2011

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Bye-lo baby doll was a popular doll design in the United States. It was created by Grace Storey Putman in 1922. It was apparently based on a three day old baby she had seen in a hospital nursery. Due to its popularity it is often called the Million Dollar Baby. It was manufactured by a number of German and American companies such as Alt Beck & Gottschalk, J D Kesner and Kling & Co. It was distributed by George Borgfeldt & Co, USA.

It has not been possible to identify which manufacturer produced this particular doll, but it has a red stamp on its chest, which reads, Bye-Lo Baby, Pat Applied for by G S Putman, and the back of the neck is marked Corp by Grace S Putman, Made in Germany.

This doll originally belonged to a young girl named Lawana June born 3 February 1921, she was born in a small coal mining town of Hinton, West Virgina, United States. The gift includes a photograph of the girl known as June holding her doll ca 1924-25.

Physical description

The doll has a soft body, bisque head, sleeping eyes and celluloid hands. She is dressed in a nappy, one sock, and petticoat, cream dress and pink robe with a collar over the top and a bonnet.

Place of Origin

Germany (Marked on neck as Made in Germany, Manufactured)

Date

1922 to 1925 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Putman , Grace Storey (Designer)
Unknown (manufacturer)

Marks and inscriptions

There is a red stamp on its chest, which reads, Bye-Lo Baby, Pat Applied for by G S Putman, and the back of the neck is marked Corp by Grace S Putman, Made in Germany.

Dimensions

height: 33 cm, width: 17 cm

Descriptive line

Dressed bisque Bye-lo baby doll, designed by Grace S Putman, USA, made in Germany ca 1922-1924

Materials

Bisque

Categories

Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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