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ca.  1915 Schoenhut Bonnet head girl doll 15"


ca. 1915 Schoenhut Bonnet head girl doll 15"

A brief history; Albert Schoenhut was a third generation wood carver born in Germany, established his toy factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1872 for making wood toys of which a piano was his first.  It's believed the first dolls copyrighted in 1903 were for the Humpty Dumpty Circus; lady and gentleman acrobats, lion tamer, lady circus rider, ringmaster, a Chinaman, Hobo and Black Dude dolls.  1906 Gamages in England sold many of these dolls


By 1907 Farmer and Milkmaid dolls were sold in a farm set.  Max and Moritz German boys and Mary had a little lamb set included a doll. 


1908 Rolly-Dollys in several sizes were patented.  A fifty-three piece set called Teddy's Adventures in Africa included the portrait spring jointed Teddy Roosevelt doll. 


1911 Albert's patent was approved on January 17th for his All Wood Perfection Art Dolls with solid wood heads and molded carved hair or wigged, boy or girl dolls with compressed metal spring joints and two holes in the soles of the feet (as do shoes) that allow the dolls to stand or pose. 


On February 1, 1911 Baby Tootsie Wootsie and toddler Schnickel-Fritz a Mr. Common People doll (a cartoon character by Herbert Johnson), was registered on June 6, 1911


1912 Albert Schoenhut passed away and his six sons succeeded him


1913 son Harry Edison Schoenhut designed the bent limbed Baby doll


1915 Manikin boy dolls 19" tall


1915 Miss Dolly with decal eyes


1918-1928 Schoenhut Barney Google doll (cartoon character), 6 1/2" tall wooden doll with his nailed on black wood top hat


1919 Walking dolls without the holes in feet


1923 Sleep Eyes were introduced


1924 Mama dolls with a hollow wood head and hands on a cloth body


1924 All Composition jointed dolls with molded painted curly hair, marked with a round paper label; Schoenhut Toys Made in U.S.A.


ca. 1930s The Pinn family wooden clothes pin dolls.


ca. 1950 Humpty Dumpty Toy Company was given permission to make Humpty Dumpty circus dolls by Schoenhut


In 1998 the United States Postal Service reproduced Schoenhut's Bonnet head dolls.

Schoenhut Doll paper label mark Schoenhut Doll Pat. Jan. 17th 1911 U.S.A.

Schoenhut Doll paper label on back; Schoenhut Doll, Pat. Jan. 17th, 1911 U.S.A.

Schoenhut Doll mark Schoenhut Doll, Pat. Jan. 17-11 USA Foreign Countries

Schoenhut Doll mark Schoenhut Doll, Pat. Jan. 17-11 USA Foreign Countries


H.E. Schoenhut doll label

H.E. Schoenhut doll label



Albert Schoenhut Doll Resources:

Schoenhut Dolls, A Collectors Encyclopedia book in 1993 by Carol Corson.

The Collector's Encyclopedia of Dolls book, volumme one pages 552-559 in 1968, volume two pages 1047-1048 in 1986 by Dorothy S., Elizabeth A. and Evelyn J. Coleman.

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