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According to Schoenhut family legend, the A. Schoenhut Company offered wooden dolls for sale in 1911 because Norman Schoenhut, grandson of founder Albert Schoenhut, broke three of his sister's bisque-head dolls. Dorothy asked her father for a doll that her little brother could not break. Dorothy's father brought home a sample of the wooden dolls that made the company famous. He assured Dorothy that little Norman could not destroy this doll because he himself had tested the doll by throwing it from a fifth-floor window at the toy factory. The doll suffered just a dent on its nose. Little Norman, as the story goes, grabbed the doll from his sister, raced to the second floor of their home and threw the doll out the window, presumably confirming the doll's durability.

  • Manufacturer: A. Schoenhut & Co.
  • Material: wood | paint | fabric | mohair
  • Origin: USA
  • Object ID: 111.6336
  • Credit Line: Gift of the Hoffmeier family in memory of Harold John Hoffmeier
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