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
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.