Special Exhibits

UFDC Special Exhibits
Maggie Bessie Dolls
September 2018 – March 2019

Maggie Bessie dolls were made by the Pfohl sisters, Margaret (Maggie) Gertrude (1877-1965) AND Caroline (Bessie) Elizabeth (1870-1959)
There are believed to be only 500 dolls made by the sisters possible as early as 1897 through the 1940s in Salem, North Carolina.
The dolls are all cloth both girls or boys, were handmade from patterns created by the Pfhol sisters The dolls have flat faces with oil painted facial features and hair that came in various sizes from 13 to 22″ tall. Girl dolls have center parted painted hair and were dressed in simple styles of a dress, bonnet with painted oilcloth shoes. Boy dolls have side parted painted hair and are found in far few numbers than girls, came dressed in shirt, shorts, cap and painted oilcloth shoes. The dolls were unmarked.

For more information on special exhibits and activities, please contact:  Director of ReAL Services, Barbara Stone at Barbara@ufdc.org

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