Timeless Treasures
The Story of Dolls in Canada

What is a Doll?

Inuit Dolls from Prehistory to Today

First Nations Dolls

Settlers' Dolls - Dolls Made at Home

Antique China and Parian Dolls

Antique Dolls Imported from Europe

Eaton's Beauty Dolls ( 1900-1994 )

The Birth of the Canadian Doll Industry ( 1911-1930 )

The Heyday of the Composition Doll ( 1930-1954 )

The Vinyl Doll Era

Canadian Original Doll Artists

Mechanical Dolls

Web Sites


What is a Doll?

A doll is much more than a miniature three-dimensional representation of a person. It is something common to every region, culture and time period, and the roles it can play are limited only by the imagination.

French bébé style

ca. 1885
Made in Germany by Gebrüder Kuhnlenz for the French market
Bisque head (#34), composition body
Costume by Lois Nuth, Ottawa, Ontario
Restoration and costume sponsored by the Ottawa Dollcraft Guild
CMC D-11212b


D-11212b - S98-10518


Timeless Treasures: The Story of Dolls in Canada
will be presented until September 14, 2003, in the Canadian History Galleries
of the Canadian Museum of Civilization.