|Title||Doll; Plastic; Girl; Terri Lee|
Terri Lee doll wearing a dutch themed outfit with hat, dress, apron, socks, and clogs.
Dark blonde curly hair. Painted facial features. All hard plastic parts.
|Year Range from||1950|
|Year Range to||1950|
|Place of Origin||USA: Nebraska (Lancaster), Lincoln|
Schneider, George Ann
Terri Lee Doll Company
Terri Lee doll given to George Ann Schneider Wilson as a Christmas present in 1950. George Ann recalls, "That was the Christmas I found out who Santa was."
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||Mrs. Fred A. Wilson, Lincoln, Nebraska|
|Collection||Wilson, Mrs. Fred A.|