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All-Bisque Japanese Baby Doll
All-Bisque Japanese Baby Doll
Resource Typeimage
TitleAll-Bisque Japanese Baby Doll
Coverage / Year1915; Japan; United States
DescriptionThis is an all-bisque baby doll that has moveable arms. The doll has a painted face with features including black eyes, pink cheeks, red lips, and light colored hair.
InterpretationThese dolls are good examples of Japan's jump into the bisque doll market during World War I, when European exporters had stopped their shipments to the U.S. Japan who before exported under the name "Nippon" wanted to gain popularity with the American consumers and hence changed their name. Because patent laws were still lax, most of these dolls were direct copies of German bisque dolls and although most were of poorer quality, they were cheaper than even the most inexpensive German originals, making them accessible to the lot of American consumers.
Lesson Plans / ThemesAmerican Communities in History; Communities and Geography; How we learn about communities;
Learning Standards16 History; 18 Social Systems;
Author or CreatorUnknown
Subject / KeywordsJapanese doll industry; American pop culture; Patent laws; All-bisque dolls; Japanese exports; World War I
Collection PublisherEarly American Museum;
Further InformationFor any further information related to this record, please contact the Collection Publisher. See http://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/tdc for more information about this project.
Rights Management Statementhttp://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/tdc/conditions.htm
Resource Identifier1992.016.0071
CONTENTdm file name78127172422004_92.16.71.jpg
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