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Patsy Babyette; EffanBee Durable Patsy Dolls
Patsy Babyette; EffanBee Durable Patsy Dolls
Resource Typeimage
TitlePatsy Babyette; EffanBee Durable Patsy Dolls
Coverage / Year1926 to 1938
DescriptionThis composition doll has moveable head, arms, and legs. The head has painted dark hair. The face has painted 'googley' eyes, red lips, and pink cheeks. The doll is clothed in light blue dress that is trimmed with red and green. She also has a red scarf, and an apron of multi-colors and materials. Underneath the dress is a white slip. She also has white socks, and black paper shoes. Her dress may represent traditional Czech costume.
InterpretationPatsy Babyette is part of the 'Patsy' collection which was advertised as 'The Personality Doll, The Miss of a Million Moods, Every Pose a Picture.' Effanbee helped to stabilize the U.S. doll industry by creating this 'wardrobe doll' line that encouraged the sale of doll clothes throughout the year. Also introduced the fan club to the industry which is a tactic still used by some companies such as Mattel. Many European doll companies copied the 'Patsies' which demonstrates EffanBee's effect on the world market. America's new found success within the doll industry represents their overall strength as an economic and commercial power.
Lesson Plans / ThemesHow we learn about communities; American communities in history; Communities and Geography; World Environments;
Learning Standards16 History; 13 Science, Technology and Society; 18 Social Systems; 15 Economics;
Author or CreatorEffanbee Toy Company
Subject / KeywordsUnited States; EffanBee Toy Company; Doll clothes; U.S. toy industry; American fan clubs; Composition dolls
Collection PublisherEarly American Museum
Further InformationFor any further information related to this record, please contact the Collection Publisher. See for more information about this project.
Rights Management Statement
Resource Identifier1992.016.0092
CONTENTdm file name68733211162002_92.16.92.jpg
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