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Catalog Number 7010-453
Title Doll; Composition; Bright Star; Horsman
Object Name Doll
Description Composition socket head girl doll with blonde wig in braids, weighted glass eyes and open mouth. Jointed at shoulders and hips. Doll is wearing a red and white polka-dotted dress/jumper and a red and white apron. She has off-white knit socks and vinyl shoes. Two metal "barrettes" are in the front of her hair.
Year Range from 1940
Year Range to 1948
Material composition
Made Horsman
Place of Origin USA: New York, New York
Inscription Text Horsman's
Bright Star
With Eyes That Shine
And Hair So Fine
Height (in) 18
Width (in) 6
History Edward Imeson Horsman opened a toy company in New York city (1865-present) and became a leader in the toy industry. In the early years they produced the trademarked name of "Babyland Rag Dolls" an all cloth doll, a variety of mama and baby composition dolls wearing wigs, molded or painted hair, sleep or painted eyes. About 1909 they used a new formula to make "Can't break Em" dolls like the Billiken. In 1930 the Horsman company acquired the Louis Amberg & Son doll company, their competitor, and continued to produce some of their dolls notably the Vanta Baby. In October 1933 Horsman was purchased and became a subsidiary of the Regal Doll Manufacturing Company, by the 1980's the Horsman name was sold to an Asian company and produced dolls under the name Horsman Ltd. and the dolls are now made in Hong Hong today.

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