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Alexander-kins History - Timelines

International Doll made by Madame Alexander

The Alexanderkins were introduced in 1953 by Madame Alexander and are still being produced today.  Over the years, they have been a favorite of doll collectors everywhere.  They are 7 1/2" to 8" in size and are referred to as Alexanderkin, Alexander-kin, Alexkin, Alex-kin, Wendykin, Wendy, Wendy Ann.

 

Left is a BK International Doll from the 1960's

Years of the Little Dolls

1953

SL, Height: 7 1/2", Tan flesh tones, heavy in weight, Marks: "Alex" on back

1954

SL and SLW, Height: 7 1/2" and 8", Lighter in weight, Marks: "Alex" on back

1955

SLW, Height: 8", Lighter flesh tones, Marks: "Alex" on back

1956

some SLW, Most are BKW, 8", Marks: "Alex" on back

1957 - 1964

BKW, 8", Marks: "Alex" on back

1965

Mostly BKW, Some BK, 8", Marks: "Alex" on back, Last year of Wendy-kin clothes tags

1966

BK, 8", Marks: "Alex" on back

1967 - 1972

Mostly BK, 8", Marks: "Alex" on back

1973

Mostly SLNW, Some BK, 8", Cheeks are rosy, Flesh Skin Tones, Marks: "Alex" on back

1974-1976

SLNW, 8", Marks: "Alex" on back

1977-1980

SLNW, 8", Some marked "Alex" on back, Some changed to "Alexander" on backs with chalky skin tones and high cheek color

1981-1988

SLNW, Mouth has deep indentations over the upper lip, Doll has almost white skin tones, Marks: "Alexander" on back

1988 - 1998

SLNW, 8", Reintroduction of the Wendy-Ann face, old/new face dolls-very much like the early dolls. Marks: "Alexander" on back

1999 - present

SLNW, 8" new face mold used for the Wendy face, just slightly different than previous years - some people don't notice a difference
still marked "Alexander" on back

Abbreviations:

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SL: Straight leg (1950's) Non Walkers

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BKW: Bent Knee Walker

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BK: Bent Knee Non Walker

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SLW: Straight Leg Walker

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SLNW: Straight Leg Non Walker made after 1972

 

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