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Bye-Lo

baby doll

Created by Grace Storey Putnam, the Bye-lo Baby was one of the first attempts to manufacture a realistic infant doll. Most similar dolls of the 1920s offered an idealized, cutesy face. Putnam, the legends goes, modeled her doll after a three-day old infant she found in a Salvation Army hospital in Los Angeles. The doll was hugely successful, prompting retailers to dub it the "Million Dollar Baby" and prompting other manufacturers to produce scores of imitators.

Materialbisque | fabric | paint | celluloid
Object ID114.4967
Credit LineGift of Charles & Robert Mitchell in Honor of Helen Ruth (Twiford) Mitchell

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