Photo: Robert Johnson
Born above her father’s doll hospital in 1895 Brooklyn, it only made sense for Beatrice Alexander Behrman to go into the family business.She was 28 when she started a company that would both manufactur and repair its own dolls. Since 1923, the Madame Alexander factory has been producing the haute couture outfits found on Alexander’s top figurines and receiving dolls from around the world for repair.
Madame Alexander dolls are known to millions for their unique design, quality construction and details like eyes that close.
The factory, which offers daily tours, is a piece of living history in Harlem.
The pink and green paint and this very oversized chair by the elevator gives a kind of doll house type of vibe
The gallery holds every doll Madame Alexander makes and sells but it's dim, with mirrors everywhere, not flash photo friendly
On the way out of design is this wall of heads sitting on hooks in the wall -- the numbers beneath each must make sense to someone
But, the sewing room manager Faizad Khan gives the go ahead as long as the shots don't include any new dolls
This is the doll head Melissa was holding in her previous picture -- Madame Alexander created the first set of eyes that close when the doll is laid down -- a pretty big deal
The hospital dress maker sits on the other side of Greta from the hat maker -- dress maker, hat maker -- feels a little Alice in Wonderland
Create your own doll is a big attraction -- these are laid out for 29 girls coming later for pizza and doll dressing
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