The May meeting of the Doll Study Club of Jamestown was held on Saturday, May 18 at Alfie's Restaurant. Members conducted a short business meeting and then after lunch viewed a program on "Kewpies and Their Creator" by club President Norma Koch.
The creatures were created by Rose O'Neill, an illustrator whose work first appeared in The Ladies' Home Journal in the early 1900s. Her Kewpies became so popular and so famous that they were used in many different forms of advertisement and also in many of the popular items which graced the homes of that generation of Americans. When her little figurines of Kewpies and the dolls themselves were at the peak of their craze, it took several large porcelain factories in Germany to keep up with all the orders. A later manufacturer was the Cameo Doll Company of Port Allegheny, Pa., and the company produced the Kewpie dolls from 1933-68. Because of this local connection, a fair amount of vintage Kewpies may be found readily at doll shows and antique shops in the area.
The next meeting will be on Saturday at Alfie's Restaurant. The program will be presented by Dolly Hooven and the subject is Stamp Dolls, which are a series of classic American dolls that were pictured on stamps by the U.S. Postal Service almost 20 years ago. If anyone has further questions about the club and its membership, please contact Susan Mitchell at 814-726-1843.