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Hall of Dolls: 1952

Hall of Dolls: 1952

April 28, 1952. "Walter R. Dolan Junior High School, Toms Road, Stamford, Connecticut. Entrance foyer." Continuing today's girls-and-dolls theme. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

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WPA Dolls

These appear to be WPA dolls. The dolls represent different countries and customs from around the world.

Six of one

It's now called Dolan Middle School. I'll bet the asbestos ceiling tiles are gone, as well as those sleek ceiling fixtures.


How timely, Dave. Today is the 53rd anniversary of Barbie'e first appearance (American Toy Show).

Madame Alexander

From what I can tell, some of those dolls appear to be from the international collection.

Can you smell that hallway?

That entrance foyer seems so familiar, compared with similar entrances of the 1950s-era buildings where I learned. I can almost smell that wonderful combination of sweeping compound, floor wax, pencils and a hint of the lunch being prepared down the hall.

One difference from today: now we wouldn't have all the ceiling lights on in the middle of such a bright day, would we?

Here perhaps?

It's a Small World After All

Looks like it was a display of dolls from around the world.

A Cutie

Pondering Cuties.

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