The Committee on World Friendship Among Children published an attractive leaflet
about the program on American dolls to be sent to Japan. The leaflet contained the following section on
"The Kind of Dolls Wanted":
The dolls should be 13-16 inches tall, and
should look like attractive, typical American girls.
The dolls should be new and should not cost
more than $3.00.
The face, arms and legs should be of
unbreakable material; joints and wigs should be hand sewn.
If possible, the eyes should open and close;
they should have "ma-ma" voices.
They should be simply and carefully dressed.
Extra dresses are desirable.
Each doll should be sent with a letter from the
givers of the doll. It should be signed and have a return address for the
thank you letter.
Each doll must have a railway and steamer
ticket for travel, and also a passport with proper visa. The passports cost 1
cent and the railway and steamer tickets cost 99 cents each.
Some of the dolls sent to Japan did not follow these
guidelines exactly. Some dolls were dressed in distinctive costumes of Red Cross
nurses, Quaker ladies, Indian papooses, Girl Scouts, and brides. Even a few boy
dolls were sent to Japan. A most entrancing bridal couple and best man were sent
from Milwaukee, the men dressed in black satin dress suits with very high
Preparations in US
NOTE: For more information about mama dolls
produced in the 1920s, see "Mama
Dolls: America's First Doll Craze."