A Catalog of WPA Dolls
We hope you'll enjoy browsing through this catalog of dolls that were created by the Doll Unit of the Milwaukee WPA Handicraft Project. Portions of the catalog are taken from Catalogue Number 10 which the Project produced in 1939.
The dolls were sold to tax-exempt institutions for the cost of materials.
22-Inch American Dolls
"22-inch high, with molded head, washable and unbreakable. The body is made of percale stuffed with kapok. Heads are of ribbed cotton which is starched, pressed in a mold, stuffed, and painted. Hair is made of cotton warp in various colors and styles and can be washed. Each doll comes with a 6-piece wardrobe."
|D-100a||Black bob with bangs||$2.25|
|D-100b||Blonde bob with bangs||$2.25|
|D-100c||Brown bob with bangs||$2.25|
|D-102a||Black braids with bangs||$2.25|
|D-102b||Blonde braids with bangs||$2.25|
|D-102c||Brown braids with bangs||$2.25|
|D-150a||Negro, black curly hair||$2.25|
22-Inch Foreign Dolls
"22-inch high, also with molded head, and made as above. The dolls are dressed in complete costumes representing particular nationalities."
Other 22-Inch Dolls
There were also three storybook character dolls.
|D-302a||Little Black Sambo||$2.00|
|Unknown||Little Boy Blue||$2.00|
|Unknown||Little Bo Peep||$2.00|
Soft Dolls with Embroidered Features
"Made completely of percale, with embroidered features. The body and head are stuffed as above. This is a light weight doll. The accompanying wardrobe consists of 4 pieces."
Two styles were sold: a 19" girl and 16" boy/girl twins. A third style, an 11" "counterpane" doll, was made from scraps left over from the other dolls and given away to children in hospitals. One Christmas, they were given to the children of WPA employees.
|D-418a||16" Twins, black bob||$2.00|
|D-418b||16" Twins, blonde bob||$2.00|
|D-418c||16" Twins, brown bob||$2.00|
|D-419a||16" Twins: Girl, black braids; boy, black bob||$2.00|
|D-419b||16" Twins: Girl, blonde braids; boy, blonde bob||$2.00|
|D-419c||16" Twins: Girl, brown braids; boy, brown bob||$2.00|
|D-420a||19" Girl, black bob with bangs||$1.10|
|D-420b||19" Girl, blonde bob with bangs||$1.10|
|D-420c||19" Girl, brown bob with bangs||$1.10|
|D-421a||19" Girl, black braids with bangs||$1.10|
|D-421b||19" Girl, blonde braids with bangs||$1.10|
|D-421c||19" Girl, brown braids with bangs||$1.10|
|None||11" Counterpane Doll||No charge|
Soft Dolls with Silk-Screen Features
Dolls with silk-screened faces designed by Elizabeth Passler appeared in 1939. These dolls were 16" tall. The silk-screen process allowed for more rapid production of the dolls. These dolls were never listed in a catalog.
|Peter and Patsey|