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Kewpie Dolls

“Mark Jones Design Pty Ltd is the Australian Distributor for the Florence Collection, Lee Middleton Newborn Nursery & Madam Alexander Dolls, Goose Creek Candles , Ganz, and many other exciting Brands
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Kewpie Collection 2013.

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Kewpie FrogKewpie dolls and figurines are based on illustrations by Rose O'Neill that appeared in Ladies' Home Journal in 1909.

These illustrations, which incorporated words and pictures with the recurring Kewpie characters, are considered to be early versions of the comic strip medium. The small dolls were extremely popular in the early 1900s.

They were first made out of bisque and then celluloid.
In 1949, Effanbee created the first hard plastic versions.

 

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Their name, often shortened to "Kewpies", in fact is derived from "Cupid", the Roman god.
The early dolls, especially signed or bisque, are highly collectible and worth thousands of dollars.
The time capsule at the 1939 New York World's Fair contained a Kewpie doll.

Kewpie Fun In The Sun'Many other articles were made using their images, like coloring and poem books, cups, plates, curios, etc.
The incredible success of these characters made their creator rich and famous. It's a rare example of a woman making it in the media business at such an early date.

Kewpies should not be confused with the baby-like Billiken figures that debuted in 1908.

The Kewpie doll was mentioned in Anne Frank's diary. She received one on her

first St Nicholas Day in the Annex from Miep and Bep.


Kewpie Designs arriving soon
 

Thats right there are lots on new Kewpie designs now available, please either check our stockists page or contact us for your nearest Kewpie retailer.

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