Your kewpie doll collection

Are you a Kewpie doll collector? Find out some interesting information about collecting these dolls.

The Kewpie was designed by an American artist in the year 1909. The artist, Rose O'Neill, wanted this particular character to be loved and adored by all who saw it. It is said that she got the idea for the Kewpie from a dream.

You can immediately tell a Kewpie by its chubby body, impish grin, extended tummy, tiny blue wings, single shock of hair, and its webbed hands. The Kewpie got its name because it looks a lot like Cupid, the mythical cherub who makes two people love each other by shooting them with its arrows. O'Neill is quoted as saying, "Cupid gets you into trouble and the Kewpies get you out." It's also believed that her Kewpies helped O'Neill get over a painful divorce.

The actual Kewpie dolls weren't produced until 1913, and they came from a company in Germany. Kewpie dolls started out as being made from plastic, porcelain, and plaster. They ranged in height from one inch tall to about a foot and a half tall.

If you are a Kewpie doll collector, the charm of these creatures must have gotten to you as well! There are several different Kewpie characters including Chief Wag, The Gardener, The Carpenter,

The Cook, Katy O'Kewp, Johnny McKewp, Uncle Hobgoblin, Scootles the baby, and more.

You can find the older, original Kewpie dolls and other related items at flea markets, antique stores, and at auctions. Be careful before you spend your money on a doll that looks like it's an original Kewpie. Make sure that it has Rose O'Neill's name on its foot. Also, check to make sure that is has a red and gold heart on its chest. If a doll doesn't have these two characteristics, then it's not an authentic Kewpie doll. There are countless imitations on the market, so beware!



You may also want to expand your collection to include paper cut outs, art, figurines, action figures, comic books, and many other items that have the famous Kewpie design on them!

If you want to get the inside scoop on this phenomenon and learn more, you may also want to join the International Rose O'Neill Club Foundation (IROCF). It was started in 1967 as the Rose O'Neill Club to keep her works alive. It was later changed to the foundation. And, every year the IROCF holds a "Kewpiesta" in Branson, Missouri, which is O'Neill's birthplace. The dues to join are somewhere around twenty dollars a year. You can learn more information about the foundation by visiting http://www.kewpieroseoneillclub.com/clubinfo/.

There is also a club on the west coast called the California Rose O'Neill Association. One advantage of being a club member is that you can sometimes get items that aren't offered to the general public.

If you're looking for some newer Kewpie dolls for your collection, Came Doll Products is just one manufacturer that still produces reproductions of them today. You can check your local toy store to see what Kewpie dolls they have to offer.

And finally, visit your local library and check out "Rose O'Neill Kewpies and Other Works" by Lois Holliday Holman. Inside this book are pictures and other information about the artist and her dolls.

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