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The Little Sleep: 1936

The Little Sleep: 1936

1936. "Mt. Holyoke, Massachusetts - Paragon Rubber Co. and American Character Doll. Setting eyes in sleeping dolls (Jewish) A plus." Whatever that means. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

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Jewish Dolls

I suppose the dolls were finally dressed in accurate Jewish clothing, thus making a historically correct Jewish-American doll. C.f. the Ellis Island Collection, a collection of turn-of-the-century replica dolls.
See also: Historical, Jewish-American Doll a Girl Worth Waiting for.

Santa's helpers

This is what they really looked like, not elves at all. Can you imagine the good feeling one would get giving sight to hundreds of thousands of babydolls? I wonder how much they paid him to do this tedious, monotonous work.

In the immortal words of Bugs Bunny

"Didja ever get the feeling you was being... watched?" I can only imagine some of the dreams this guy had at night.

Who'd have thunk

Looks like Robert Downey Jr auditioning for his next role.

The Head Honcho

Head Man,
He's going to get a head in his work,
Head of his department, etc...

He'll never get anywhere wearing that shirt though.


Alas, poor Yorick!

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