Ella Gaunt Smith

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Birthday
12, 1868
Birthplace
Roanoke, AL
Death Date
Apr 2, 1932 (63)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
12, 1868
Birthplace
Roanoke, AL
Death Date
Apr 2, 1932 (63)

About

Her line of Ella Smith dolls became one of the hottest-selling toys in the early decades of the 1900s.

Before Fame

She was a seamstress, and she worked in repairing porcelain bisque dolls, eventually finding a way to make a virtually indestructible version.

Trivia

She patented her invention in 1901, and she introduced the dolls at the 1904 World's Fair, winning a blue ribbon.

Family Life

Her family was residing in Roanoke, Alabama, when she was born.

Associated With

She was selling her Alabama for as little as $1.15 a half a century before Eliot and Ruth Handler created their Barbie dolls.