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Catalog Number 7010-431
Title Doll; Composition; Baby, Ideal
Object Name Doll
Description Composition doll with molded hair. Pink lacy bonnet. Pink short sleeved dress with blue bows. White booties and socks.
Year Range from 1907
Year Range to 1948
Material composition
Made Ideal
Place of Origin USA
Makers mark IDEAL DOLL
MADE IN USA
Height (in) 19.5
Width (in) 9
Depth (in) 5
History This doll was made by the Ideal. Ideal Toy Company was founded as Ideal Novelty and Toy Company in New York in 1907 by Morris and Rose Michtom after they had invented the Teddy bear in 1903. The company changed its name to Ideal Toy Company in 1938. In 1982, the company was sold to CBS Toy Company, which itself closed down. Certain brands and toys have been continued through other companies. (from Wikipedia)

This doll was collected by Elizabeth Gaylord Rathburn of Lincoln. Elizabeth was born in Fairmont, Nebraska. She married Howard Martin Rathburn in 1898. Howard was a general manager of Western Supply Company in Lincoln. They had four children: Winthrop, Margaret, Lois and Bette. Rathburn compiled an extensive collection of dolls from around the world, and donated them to the Nebraska State Historical Society in 1948.
Credit line Elizabeth Gaylord Rathburn, Lincoln (Lancaster), Nebraska
Collection Rathburn, Elizabeth Gaylord