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The days of imported bisque dolls
are past The warjias cut them off.
The day of the American-made doll
is here. And these new American
dollies, whose heads you can ham
mer on the floor without breaking,
look like real life babies instead pf
the golden-haired, pink-cheeked,
empty-headed images that used to
come to us from Prance and Germany.
Nearly $3,000,000 worth of Amer
ican drills -were made this vear. ac
cording to Louis Amberg, one of the
Diggest doll manufacturers and pres
ident of the American. Doll Manu
"These American dolls are going
into every corner of the world," Baid
Amberg. "Only the other day we
had an order for dolls cabled all the
way from Java! 'Into the heart of
the Himalayas, into the East Indies,
into Russia, Spain, Denmark, Cen
tral. America, Africa, the American
dolls are going. 4
"A year ago our South American
doll trade amounted to only $20,000.
This year it has jumped to $200,000.
Tractically every country 6n
earth is buying American dolls this
Christmas,' except France and Great
Britain, which prohibit the importa
tion of dolls. 4
"Yet the American doll industry is
small yet "compared with its future
possibilities. There- art? only 52 con
cerns making dolls in this country,
and I v doubt if the total capital in
vested in the industry is over $500,
000. "We can't hope to beat Germany
out of the business for a while yet,
for the Germans have centuries of
experience in dollmaking. Moreover,
they have an ample supply of bisque
clay and we have none in. America.
Japan is developing a big bisque doll
industry. But the unbreakable doll,
with its lovable, lifelike features, is
almost exclusively an American" pro
duct" It took one New York manufac
turer three years to develop this type J
of realistic doll. A famous sculptor
was employed to design it
One New York concerjtmow man
ufactures 10,000 distinct types of
TAKES SIX DAYS to MAKE A DOLL
Every doll in the Christmas win
dows today has gone through a mar
velous process of manufacture, pass
ing through 50 to 100 hands.
The dolls actually have to go to
the oculist's, the hairdresser's, the
manicure shop and the chiropodist's
before they are put on the market!
' The new dolls are made of a secret
"wood-flour" compositign that looks
like brown sugar. This is put Into
moulds, which form the legs and
bodies of the dolls. After being baked
for six minutes, the embryo dollies
are glued together, shaped up, polr
ished and painted. Delicate hands
and feet are made in separate moulds
and the specially difficult, process of
attaching them is next on the pro
gram. The head, after being molded and
polished, is turned over to the
"beauty doctors," real artists, who
paint. in the features. The eyes are"
then put in and the wig glued on.
The whole process takes about six
"But "couldn't you learn to love ,
me, Stella?" he pleaded. -
"I flon'fthlnk I could, Frank," she
replied.. - - -
He stood erect then quickly reach
ed for his hat "It is as T feared
you are too old to learn." Every
body's. ' s
TODAY IN ILLINOIS HISTORY,
Dee. 22. 81 8. Gov. Shadraeh
Bond issued a proclamation formally
declaring Illinois a state.
"I hear he was operated on. What
did he have?"
"Money." Life. .