Ella Smith ca. 1907 Alabama Indestructible Baby cloth doll face, 24" tall
The Ella Gauntt Smith Doll Company produced the Alabama Indestructible dolls,
also referred to as
Alabama Baby dolls or Ella Smith dolls, were first patented in
1905 and made until 1925 in Roanoke, Alabama. The all cloth dolls are 12 to
have a molded face
with oil painted hair and facial features.
Early dolls have applied ears,
painted hair, a sturdy body with tabbed jointed shoulders and hips, flat
buttocks, most dolls have painted stockings
and black, bright blue, brown or pink painted shoes. A few early dolls have
been found with bare feet and stitched toes and some dolls have a wig.
Later dolls the ears were molded or stapled
to the head and some dolls have been found with a bobbed hair style.
Alabama Indestructible baby dolls can be black or white dolls, babies or children
boys or girls.