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Baby bisque called Baby-Lo. It has a body with clothes and a head of bisque (porcelain). The hands are made of pasta. The body is the original and it is in impeccable condition. This doll came with a small crack in the nape of the neck which has been restored, leaving it in perfect condition. The eyes are glass and pendulous. It measures about 37 cm.
At the nape of the neck it is branded Copi Grace Putman Made Germany.
Grace Storey Putnam (1922-1925) from Okland, California. The Bye-Lo Baby doll designed for George Borgfeldt & Co.
The Bye-Lo Baby doll was intended to represent a three-day-old real baby. It is noted by his appearance that they used a black baby as a model.The Bye-Lo Baby dolls are versions in biscuit, wax and composition paste with celluloid hands; some have a fabric body with curious shapes and different sizes, designed by Georgene Averill.
The heads were made in Germany by various manufacturers, including Hertel, Kestner and Kling.
Baby bisque called Baby-Lo, Grace Storey Putnam’s Baby-Lo doll was known as The Million Dollar Doll due to the huge number of sales. In short, Mrs. Putnam designed it in the early 1920s to represent a three-day-old baby, and the result was an unprecedented commercial success. Several German companies such as Alt, Beck & Gottschalck, Kestner and Kling were in charge of manufacturing the biscuit heads.
For the most part at the start, most of the dolls from the United States were imported. It is not known if American dolls were made before the Civil War, but in this case in the 19th century New York, Philadelphia, and New England became the main areas of doll making especially the Baby bisque called Baby-Lo
Usually, heads used to be imported from Europe and added to bodies made in the United States; likewise, many of the United States dollmakers, such as Greiner, had learned the trade in Europe. Generally, the best known body manufacturer was Jacob Lacmann. In particular, American Heads used to be made of composition paste, paper mache, or rag.
Subsequently, until the start of the nineteenth century , the word “baby” was used for all dolls, including those representing older children or adults. Thus the very few dolls that were designed to portray babies have neither the facial features nor the body type of their human counterparts, but were simply made Shorter than “older” dolls. Afterwards, By 1850, some manufacturers in France and Germany had registered Bebé and Baby as trade names, but the dolls named still resembled Young children rather than babies like the Baby-Lo bisque .
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