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Made to Play House: Dolls and the Commercialization of American Girlhood, 1830-1930

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In Made to Play House, Miriam Formanek-Brunell traces the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century dolls and explores the origins of the American toy industry's remarkably successful efforts to promote self fulfillment through maternity and materialism. She tells the fascinating story of how inventors, producers, entrepreneurs—many of whom were women—and little girls t ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published October 9th 1998 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published December 29th 1993)
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I liked this book. First, a caveat--I'm a bit of a 'hard-core' antique/modern doll enthusiast.

This is a scholarly account of gender, as it relates to doll and toy production and influence over a 100-year period. Real-life cases are illustrated, including dollmakers/inspirers like Martha Chase, Effanbee, Rose O'Neill, Grace Storey Putnam, Averill, Alexander, etc. Most of the doll information comes from reference books such as the Colemans' Encyclopedias, and Genevieve Angione's book on all-bisque
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