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FANS OF GIRLS AND DOLLS

Even Fashionable Dolls Have Fans

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Bisque Doll in Silk Dress, 1880

Manufactured in Paris by Jumeau. Bisque, wood, leather. Gift of Sybil Anna Hanks.
Wisconsin Historical Museum object # 1966.408.2

Bisque Doll in Silk Dress with Fan, 1880

The owner of this doll, Mary Esther (Vilas) Hanks (1873-1959) of Madison, Wisconsin, named it "Nellie Vilas." Nellie came with the latest fashions and all the necessary accessories, including a fan.

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Doll Detail

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Ivory Brisé Fan, ca. 1880

Ivory, ribbon, paint. Gift of Sybil Anna Hanks.
Wisconsin Historical Museum object # 1966.408.2g

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