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At the beginning of the 20th century, some dolls' faces reflected a new and very popular image of children as cheerful, energetic, and optimistic. These dolls sported full rosy cheeks, a subtle but pleasant smile, and googly eyes, oversized round eyes with a sideways glance. The Campbell Kids, designed by Grace Drayton in 1904, sported the googly look as did Rose O'Neill's impish Kewpie dolls. German doll manufacturers offered bisque-head googlys from about 1915 to 1925. French and American toy makers also produced googlys. Doll experts suggest the term "googly" represents a contraction of the German phrase "Guck Augen," which translates to "ogling eyes that move to one side."

Details

  • Title: Doll
  • Creator: William Goebel
  • Date Created: 1923
  • Location: Oeslau, Germany
  • Type: Dolls from the Early Twentieth Century
  • Medium: composition, bisque, paint, fabric
  • Object ID: 79.3515

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