1912 Schoenhut Bonnet head girl doll 15"
Albert Schoenhut was a third generation wood carver born in Germany, established his toy factory in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1872 for making wood toys of which a piano was his first. It's believed the
first dolls copyrighted in 1903
were for the Humpty Dumpty Circus; lady and gentleman acrobats, lion tamer,
lady circus rider and a ringmaster. Also a Chinaman,
Hobo and Black Dude dolls.
By 1907 Farmer and Milkmaid dolls were sold in a farm set.
Max and Moritz German boys and Mary had a little lamb set included a doll. 1908 Rolly-Dollys in several sizes were
patented. A 53 piece set called Teddy's Adventures in Africa included the
portrait spring jointed Teddy Roosevelt doll.
By 1911 Albert's patent
was approved for his All Wood Perfection Art Dolls with solid wood heads
and molded carved hair or wigged; boy or girl dolls, have compressed metal spring
joints and have two holes in the soles of the feet that allow the dolls to stand or pose. Baby Tootsie Wootsie and toddler
Schnickel-Fritz, Mr. Common People doll (a cartoon character by