The Doll Hospital
Beatrice Alexander, 1895 - 1990
Alexander's association with dolls began the year she was born, when her step-father opened the United States' first Doll Hospital. Before the invention of plastic, most dolls were made of china and were highly breakable; by restoring their shattered dolls to health, Maurice earned the gratitude of countless children. "I remember a father coming in the middle of the night because his little girl was sick and had broken her doll and needed it right now—a difficult task when the poor doll's head was shattered into dozens of pieces," Beatrice said in 1983.
- Biographical information from Stephanie Finnegan, et.al., Madame Alexander Dolls: An American Legend (Portfolio Press, 1999).
- Quote beginning "I remember..." cited in Catherine Calvert, "Madame Alexander: Dolls and Dreams," Town and Country, December 1983: 46.
- Quote beginning "When I was 11 or 12..." cited in Krystyna Poray Goddu, "A Personal Profile: Madame Alexander," Dolls: The Collector's Magazine, November 1988: 59.
- Story about "marrying well" from "Madam Alexander and her Dolls," Palm Beach Times, March 6, 1970.
- Quote beginning "I can truthfully say...." from Madame Beatrice Alexander Oral History, 1982, in the William E. Wiener Oral History Library of the American Jewish Committee, American Jewish Women of Achievement series, at the Dorot Jewish Division of the New York Public Library, 3.