First drawn in the Ladies Home Journal by Rose O'Neill in 1909, the Kewpie doll was a small and mischievous but kindhearted little human figure with a tuft of pointy hair. The cartoons became so popular that production of real dolls, initially from bisque and celluloid, began in 1913. Though Kewpies are still made today, these originals are the most highly valued.
My Aunt Sharon has an extensive collection of Kewpie Dolls and a snapped a couple photos of the ones she has in her china cabinet. I love these little Kewpie dolls. You can't help smiling when you look at them.
I LOVE Kewpie dolls! My grandmother used to crochet dresses for them - she gave one to me, but it was lost in a move many years ago. I'd love to have one again! (My sister won't part with hers - that selfish girl! LOL)ReplyDelete
You are right! I can't help but smile!ReplyDelete
I love Kewpies! I used to play with them at my grandma's house when I was a kid. I think she even had a little house for them.ReplyDelete
Did you know that Kewpies are still really popular in Japan? They even have a brand of mayonnaise with a Kewpie on the bottle: http://www.thekitchn.com/what-is-kewpie-mayonnaise-44639