Cool Breezes: Handheld Fans
in Fashion, Art and Advertising
FANS OF GIRLS AND DOLLS
Even Fashionable Dolls Have Fans
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.