In Celebration of Izannah Walker Dolls
Posted October 22, 2918 in Dolls
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by Ruby Lane
This post is a celebration of the bicentennial +1 year of the birth of Izannah. It’s fitting, I suppose, that this blogger once published an article on a walker inspired dolls she created also called “The Birth of Izannah.” The article appeared in Doll Designs (House of White Birches) but is no longer in print.
Walker obtained a patent for her dolls in 1873, but she had been making dolls perhaps as early as 1828. She was involved in her doll business until her death in 1886. These dolls with their hand painted, oil paint features and resemblance to folk art inspired Martha Chase dolls later; apparently, Chase played with a walker doll as a child.