Louise R. Kampes started making the Kamkins doll in 1919 and produced them
through 1928 and possibly longer. Louise's studio was in Atlantic City, NJ.
Several identification marks may be found on the doll, including a black ink
stamp on the foot or back of the head, a red paper heart attached to
the doll's torso and/or an occasional wrist tag.
"Kamkins Doll were made by Louise Kampes and sold in Atlantic City,
New Jersey from 1919 until about 1928 +. The dolls were made of cloth
using a special technique to make the faces sanitary. Louise applied
for a patent for her
process and it was granted November 2 ,1920. The patent process involved a
die over which layers of rubber were laid, cloth was applied and then
vulcanized. The heads were then assembled and the faces painted.
Bodies of the dolls were made of a sturdy cotton. On the bodies a red
paper label can be found in a heart shape, the label has " A Dolly
Made to Love" Patented by L.R.Kampes Atlantic City, NJ" printed on it
Dolls were available in Keith 18 or 19 inch size. The 19 inch doll had
a crier in the back. Human or mohair wigs were available and the most
popular wig style was the dutch cut. It used for both boy and girl
dolls. A special long hair style which could be braided without
showing bald spots was also available. Rarely bent limb babies,
painted body and hair and molded buttock models are found. The dolls
had well made clothing made by seamstresses and new styles were
offered each year. The store was located on the Atlantic City
Boardwalk in Atlantic City , New Jersey."
Louise Kampes Kamkins Dolls - By: Lolly Yocum
"Small Kamkins dolls in the style of Louise Kampes made from cloth and hand
painted. Each doll is approximately 6.5 inches tall. The dolls are
dressed in a cotton organdy and print dress. Underneath the dress
girls wear a white play suit trimmed with print fabric. Dolls are
available as girls or boys. Dolls have mohair wigs and are available
as blonde, auburn, and brunette."
Laurelleaf: Kamkins Dolls
Available dolls for purchase:
"Lot # 597
18" Kamkins, all original dress, shoes,& wig, label is missing heart
imprint on chest where it was."
"The auction will be held at the Red Lion Inn at the Quay in Vancouver
Washington,Feb.25th, 26th, & 27th, 2005."
Darrel M Jensen - Auctioneer
Here are some books which contain information regarding Kamkins dolls:
Patino, American Rag Dolls Straight from the Heart
c.1988, 9x11, 124+p, softbound, color, Collector Books, KY
Content: cloth dolls from the 1800s until today are featured in full
color, full page photos, includes Raggedy Ann & Andy, Izannah Walker,
Kamkins, Maude Tausy Fangle, etc, bibliography, index, with values
This book is available at Amazon:
200 Years of Dolls: Identification and Price Guide
A cached version of the above page lists the table of contents, which
includes Kamkins dolls.
You can also find the list of books referenced in the article posted above:
These 2 issues of Antique Doll Collector contain articles on Kamkins dolls:
Antique Doll Collector Vol. 7, No. 7
The August edition of Antique Doll Collector features a fun and leafy
cover: a German doll named "Philip" carries a vasculum (or a tin
holder for collecting flora and fauna) to accompany an article on
outfitting yoru doll for a nature walk. Other articles include "Anne
Shirley: The Effanbee Doll With Many Identities," "Kamkins Dolls in
Summer" and "The Largest Collection of Miniatures in the World!"
Antique Doll Collector Vol. 6, No. 1
Reference to this is located in the Bibliography section here:
How to order back issues of Antique Doll Collector:
Antique Doll Collector
kamkins doll OR dolls
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