"As far back as I can recall I have always been surrounded with dolls. When my father came to America he brought with him the profession of doll repair, which he learned in Germany. He founded the first doll hospital in the United States under the name of M. Alexander. People came from far and wide. The doll hospital was located on the east side of New York. I can still see the tearful faces of the children, holding their broken dolls. Although we were in limited circumstances, we were never poor. Our lives were filled with love and appreciation. I learned then something I have never forgotten: how important a doll is in a child's world. We could hardly get by on the income from the doll hospital alone so we bought shopworn sample dolls from the German representatives. My mother would clean them, comb their hair and make them as presentable as possible, and we would sell them in our shop."