Manufacteuring and Armand Marseille

The choice of company to manufacture the dolls was, of course, a business decision and each year Eaton's chose the company that had the best price. In 1904 and 1905, the Beauties were made by J. D. Kestner of Germany and had leather bodies and bisque shoulderheads marked 15413; six or seven sizes were available. In the catalogues, the dolls were illustrated in line drawings, making it very difficult to identify the manufacturers. An Eaton Beauty with the original chemise and ribbon and a photograph of the doll with the delighted little girl who received it is the most accurate indicator that it's an original.

In 1905, Winnipeg had a rapidly growing population of 77 000 when Eaton's opened a large five-storey department store and introduced a catalogue specifically for the influx of settlers moving through Winnipeg into Western Canada. Like some other merchandise, the Eaton Beauties shown in the Toronto catalogues were not always the same as those shown in the Winnipeg catalogues.

The 1906 and 1907 catalogues carried the Eaton Beauty Dollar Doll. Made by Cuno & Otto Dressel, it came in seven sizes from $1.00 to $5.00. The red ribbon had the Holtz Masse (wood composition) logo beside the gold Eaton Beauty logo.

Armand Marseille made the Beauty for the 1908-09 catalogue with pretty bisque heads, glass eyes, and long ringlets. Sometimes, two sisters receiving Eaton Beauty dolls were given dolls with different eye colour (blue or brown) so they could tell their dolls apart.

Schoenau & Hoffmeister also made the Beauties for the 1908-09 catalogues only; Cuno & Otto Dressel made them again for 1909-10 and 1911-12.

Armand Marseille of Germany provided the dolls for the catalogues of 1911-12, 1912-13, 1913-14, and 1914-15. During the First World War, dolls from Europe were not available. Luckily, the dolls had been already purchased for the 1914-15 fall-and-winter catalogue. The Beauties were available in a 27-inch size [65.58-cm] for $4.00 and a replacement head could be ordered for 35 cents.
by Evelyn Robson Strahlendorf

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