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1918 Butler Brothers character dolls advertisement

1918 Butler Brothers character dolls advertisement

Carnival dolls were advertised as prizes given at carnival's and fairs by various early American doll makers, many of these dolls are unmarked.  Carnival dolls range from small to large 31" tall, with a composition character head on bodies of cloth, composition or a combination, earliest dolls may even bare a resemblance to bisque headed German dolls, they made baby dolls, boy or girl dolls, dolls dressed as Base Ball players, Bathing Girls, Bellboys, Boy Scouts, Clowns Students, Cowboys or Cowgirls, Firemen, Jockeys, Nurses, Policemen, Rough Riders, Sailors, Snookums, Snookey Ookum Baby, Soldiers, Uncle Sam, YamaYama, comedian Charlie Chaplin. 

Chalkware or composition dolls include; Chubbies, Cherubs and Kewpies, Comic Characters and Vamps.

Some of the doll makers are;

American Doll Company, George Borgfeldt, Effanbee Doll Company, Electra Toy & Novelty, Gem Toy Company, Eugene Goldberger (Eegee), Fair & Carnival Supply Company, Fair & Carnival Trading Company, Ed. Hahn Company; Novelties Notions Jewelry, Holiday Novelty Company, Modern Doll & Toy Company, Morris Politzer Doll Company, New Era Novelty Company (Nenco), New Era Toy & Novelty Company, Royal Doll & Toy Company, A. Steinhardt & Brothers, Star Toy & Novelty, Tip Top Toy and probably others. 

Known distributors of Carnival dolls are: Baltimore Bargain House, Butler Brothers, Henry Fabricius Toy & Novelty Company, M. Gerber Brothers Company and Singer Brothers Company plus others.



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