Friendship Doll Miss Iwate, 1 of 58 sent from Japan to U.S. in 1928 in Birmingham!!
Three members of the Birmingham Doll Club of Alabama -Sharon, Billye, and Jill - were privileged to meet with a curator at the Linn Henley Research Library last week to view Birmingham's gift from Japan in 1928 - one of 58 similar hand made dolls (about 36" tall) given to the children of the United States. Many disappeared during WWII, and some were found later in bad condition. Some were restored improperly. This one, Miss Iwate, seems to be in wonderful condition. The Birmingham Public Library plans to arrange for her permanent display in a climate-controlled case at some point in the future.