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The Alexander Doll Company issued six series of 14” First Lady dolls beginning in 1976 and ending in 1990, depicting the wives of the US Presidents. The first series, available from 1976 through 1978, included Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Martha Randolph, Dolley Madison, Elizabeth Monroe and Louisa Adams. The dolls are not portraits of the actual women, and Madame Alexander used creative license in selecting the hair and eye colors of the dolls. They are made of rigid vinyl, with rooted hair and sleep eyes with brush lashes. They are jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips, and wear beautifully made outfits. In addition to the outfit pieces described, each doll wears white stockings.
Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams, wife of John Quincy Adams, was born in England, to a British mother and American father. She wrote music and poetry, and played the harp. She followed her husband in his diplomatic travels around the world, once crossing Europe by coach in the winter to join him.
Louisa Adams wears a short sleeved white satin gown decorated with white and silver metallic braid, and ruched bands of tulle. Her white taffeta and net petticoat and pantalettes are decorated with gathered white lace. She wears graduated “pearl” necklace and a cluster of rosebuds in her hair.
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I believe the my favorite face of all the 14″ dolls, the one used often in the 1990s for story heroines such as Anne of Green Gables and Mary Lennox of A Secret Garden is the Martha face. Do you think it is the same face or is the 1990s face just a little longer with less forehead?
I have and own the dolly Madison doll, Martha Adam’s doll. I am looking to sell each doll and really want the best price that I can get. They are in excellent condition.
I since checked one of the MA books and they discuss the three faces used for the first lady dolls. The Martha face, used on Martha Washington, the Louisa face used on Louisa Adams and the Mary Ann face. So the Nancy Drew face, while similar to the Louisa Adams/Martha Randolph face, isn’t the same.
I have all 36 box-kept dolls in the original box. I am looking to sell them but only as a group.
Probably cannot afford it, but how much?
Do u still have. Asking price ?or of u sold how much did u get for the set ? Text email@example.com. please.
Do u still have the set ? How much ?if sold how much did u get ?
How much do you think the dolls are worth?
Why did you stop making the First Lady doll series?????
Was Pat Nixon The last of the First Lady dolls made??