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Catalog Number 7010-142
Title Doll, Chiang Kai Shek, Composition Cloth; Library of London Famous Englishmen WWII Characters
Object Name Doll
Description Lib. of London Famous Englishmen WWII Characters
Date 1940s
Made Kimport
Event World War II
History It was purchased by Elizabeth Gaylord Rathburn from The Kimport in Independence, Missouri for $10.00.

Kimport of Independence, Missouri was a doll club that sent monthly/bi-monthly dolls to collectors. Kimport made "Doll Talk Magazine" for its doll club members. This company had several different lines of imported dolls. The dolls were handmade and not mass produced, therefore making some dolls very rare. The company owner was Ruby McKim; she was born in Millersburg, IL in 1891 and passed away in 1976. She ran her business with her husband. Two sisters, Aileen & Cecile Franklin, were the main doll artist/designers. Ruby was well known for being a quilt designer and wrote for a syndicated Sunday Paper nationwide. Ruby ran a small mail order pattern/product business and she was posthumously inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame in 2002. The Kimport doll business imported dolls from around the world, and eventually expanded this into porcelain dolls. Kimport was affiliated with Dolly Magazine, Doll Talk and Dolly Hobby Club.
Credit line Elizabeth Gaylord Rathburn, Lincoln (Lancaster), Nebraska
Collection Rathburn, Elizabeth Gaylord