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Ella Smith ca. 1907 Alabama Indestructible Baby cloth doll face, 24" tall

Ella Smith ca. 1907 Alabama Indestructible Baby cloth doll face, 24" tall

 

The Ella Gauntt Smith Doll Company produced the Alabama Indestructible dolls, also referred to as  Alabama Baby dolls or Ella Smith dolls, began making her cloth dolls around 1899. Mrs. Smith was issued her first doll patent in 1905 and made the dolls until 1925 when the factory was closed in Roanoke, Alabama.  The all cloth dolls are 8 to 36" tall, have a molded face with oil painted hair and facial features. 

 

Early dolls have applied ears, painted hair, a sturdy body with tabbed jointed shoulders and hips, flat buttocks, most dolls have painted stockings and black, bright blue, brown or pink painted shoes.

 

A few early dolls have been found with bare feet and stitched toes and some dolls have a wig.  Later dolls the ears were molded or stapled to the head and some dolls have been found with a bobbed hair style.

 

Alabama Indestructible baby dolls can be black or white dolls, babies or children of both boys or girls.

 

 

Ella Smith Alabama Indestructible Baby Doll body marks

 

Ella Smith Alabama Indestructible Baby doll mark Mrs. S.S. Smith Manufacturer and dealer in The Alabama Indestructible Doll Roanoke, Ala. Sept. 26, 1905

Ella Smith Alabama Indestructible Baby doll mark Mrs. S.S. Smith Manufacturer and dealer in The Alabama Indestructible Doll Roanoke, Ala. Sept. 26, 1905

Ella Smith Alabama Indestructible Baby doll mark No. 1 PATENTED Sept. 26, 1905

Ella Smith Alabama Indestructible Baby doll mark No. 1, PATENTED Sept. 26, 1905

 

 

Ella Smith Alabama Indestructible Baby doll mark No. 1 PATENTED Sept. 26, 1907

Ella Smith Alabama Indestructible Baby doll mark No. 1, PATENTED Sept. 26, 1907

Ella Smith Alabama Indestructible Baby doll mark Pat. Nov. 9, 1912, No. 2, Ella Smith Doll Co.

Ella Smith Alabama Indestructible Baby doll mark Pat. Nov. 9, 1912, No. 2, Ella Smith Doll Co.

 

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