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Kewpie Dolls Anyone remember these?
Tags: kewpie  dolls 
Added: 28th May 2008
Views: 1457
Posted By: roseanns1
Posted by: Naomi on 2008-05-28 
Kewpies were one of the most popular and long lived fad items of all time. They had their roots in the Ladies' Home Journal in 1909. Writer Rose O'Neil, wrote children's poems and used illustrations of characters which would become Kewpies. The cartoon drawings quickly evolved into paper doll versions and then into unglazed ceramic items that cause them to soar in popularity. Soon an overwhelming demand would call for the production of kewpie inkwells, saltshakers, perfume bottles, earrings, bracelets and pipe tobacco accessories.

Initially Ms O'Neil developed a series of the dolls, each with their own names and personalities, and four years after their creation, more than five million had been sold. With the coming of World War I, she stopped writing stories about them but brought them back in 1925. In 1930, the dolls regained popularity, not as the cute national treasure they had been, but instead as giveaways at carnivals and festivals.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-05-28 
I know them from carnivals. 'Hit the target--win a Kewpie Doll!'
Posted by: Marty6697 on 2008-05-28 
I don't remember these, but I'm sure the good ones are collectors items.
Posted by: Outofdarkness on 2008-05-31 
My adopted Mother collected them~~~
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