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Catalog Number 10758-1
Title Doll; Plastic; Girl; Terri Lee
Object Name Doll
Description Doll with curly blonde hair and painted facial features. Whole body is plastic
Date 1952-1962
Year Range from 1952
Material plastic
Made Terri Lee
Place of Origin USA: California, Apple Valley
Inscription Text Terri Lee
Height (in) 16.25
Width (in) 8
Depth (in) 4.25
Maurer, Judith
Search Terms Terri Lee Doll Company
History This Terri Lee doll was received as a Christmas gift by Judith Maurer from her grandmother, Mrs. A. Lloyd Anderson of Gothenburg, Nebraska around 1950.

Terri Lee dolls were created by Lincoln, Nebraska, housewife Violet Lee Gradwohl in 1946. During World War II, she worked with Girl Scouts to repair used dolls to be distributed to less-fortunate children in the area, and she decided that most dolls were constructed poorly. Mrs. Gradwohl created her own doll specifically designed to outlast dolls that lost eyes and easily broke fingers. Manufacturing centers for the dolls began in Lincoln, Nebraska, before spreading to California. The original line of dolls ceased production in 1962.
The dolls were named after Mrs. Gradwohl's own daughter, Terri Lee, who retained the rights to the mold and colors of the doll. Terri Lee Associates was created with the help of Mrs. Gradwohl's nephew, Fritz Duda, to relaunch Terri Lee dolls.
Credit line Judith R. Maurer, Walton (Lancaster), Nebraska
Collection Maurer, Judith R.