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In the 1950s, doll artist Martha Thompson created Betsy Sheffield and her Little Brother for the church in Sheffield, Alabama, where her brother-in-law served as minister. Thompson fashioned Betsy dolls with porcelain heads and limbs on cloth bodies; ladies of the parish created the little wardrobes for the doll and sold the dressed Betsys to benefit the church. The success of the sales inspired Thompson to create a Little Brother Sheffield dolls for the church, and she made a series of Laughing and Crying Babies for the church ladies to dress too.

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  • Title: Doll:Crying Baby
  • Date Created: 1956
  • Location: USA
  • Type: Collector Dolls
  • Medium: bisque, paint, fabric
  • Object ID: 77.28460
  • Artist: Martha Thompson

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