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Many toys of the American child
and most of the- dolls have been made
in foreign countries. More came
from Germany than any other coun
try. Some came from France. War
The Uncle Sam doll being made b
American concerns In an effort to
supply the big Christmas demand.
has stopped importation from Ger
many; French factories are making
Th& famine is apparent In New
York stores and commission houses. 1
1 Stores have'only "holdovers" in ex-
Sensive aous for the little miss jiii
American factories are working
overtime trying to supply the demand
of the poor little rich girls who do
not get expensive imported dolls and
all the poor little poor girls.
No more beautiful doll has ever
been made than the famous Kaethe
Kruse, "chubby youngster" hand
made, practically Indestructible,
dressed in quaint clothes and retail
ing in America at prices ranging
from $14 to $25.
Only the remarkably lucky little
girl will receive a Kaethe Kruse baby
this year and the same is true of the
bisque, head, jointed body, conven
tional doll of German make.
In this type of doll also Germany
takes the lead. . With hair that can
be combed, mouth open, showing
teeth and a movable tongue, "flirt
ing" eyes, with eyelashes and almost
human facial expression, these dolls
are most appealing.
The mechanically clever doll is
made in France. But because the
French .doll .that walks and says
"mamma" and "papa" must also
have a life-like face, German heads
are 'often used. And so again the
child for whoniSanta might plan an
accomplished French doll will be dis
"The great big doll" that, before
the war, could be had for $1 and the
small doll that would go to sleep,
that could be had for 50 cents, will be
as scarce as leases on the trees this
Christmas. With the scarcity goes a
50 per cent increase In price., '
American manufacturers have met
the problem of supplying the demand
for dolls to 30me extent.
One manufacturer is taking out a
patent for a flirting-eye doll, another
another is developing character dolls,
another makes a stockinet doll and a
good wooden doll is being made.
But with raw material at almost
prohibitive prices, the American man
ufacturer is having his troubles.