Some dolls that are considered mama dolls commenced production as early as 1915; however, the dolls didn't become wildly popular until the early 1920s. The Georgene Averill company played a major part in the development of the doll, and even was granted a patent for a mama doll in 1918. By 1922, American companies such as Effanbee, Horsman, Ideal and others were producing mama dolls. By the mid 1920s, many, many American companies were producing the dolls. By the late 1920s, demands for the dolls slowed down somewhat and slightly slimmer mama dolls started to come into vogue. Mama dolls continued to be produced, in their classic form, into the early 1940s.
We have here an adorable quite chubby baby doll. She must have eaten too many Sweet Potatoes as she is almost as wide as she is tall! If you love big, big baby dolls this one is for you. She is so cuddly and sweet and we have named her "Sweet Potato". She stands at 27 inches tall and 26 inches around the middle. She is real big with fat chubby arms and legs, a huge tummy with her precious round baby face. She has composition arms, legs and head with a cloth body in excellent shape. She does have a little rolling over because of her tummy so if you would like to help her by giving her a little nudge would be quite helpful. She looks very much like the Effanbee Bubbles dolls and just maybe that is who she was modeled after or maybe vice versa! She has molded blond hair, hazel sleep eyes with beautiful eyelashes and painted eyebrows and lower lashes, four teeth and pink molded tongue. She has the cutest rosy chubby cheeks, rosy lips and absolutely gorgeous coloring. She is softly blushed on the top of her dimpled knees and the top of her hands and feet. She is unmarked but is obviously from the early 30's to 40's as that's when these dolls were made. She is wearing an adorable light vintage lavender dress with a white lace edged collar with a white vintage bonnet also with lots of lace. She is wearing cute little pink embroidered stockings and white leather tie baby shoes. She was completely restored and sealed to prevent crazing so she will last without a doubt another 80 years.
This baby doll is a total joy to hold and love and
once you see her in person you won't ever want
to let her go. She is just like having a real baby in
size (she weighs six pounds) and appearance.