Sunday, December 7, 2008

Tilly, Wisconsin's Izannah Walker Doll

1951.1608, Wisconsin Historical Society

A few months ago Melissa Voigt went to visit the Izannah Walker "Tilly" at the Wisconsin Historical Society. While she was there, she was able to take pictures of the doll there. Tilly is object number 1951.1608 in the WHS collection and is described as a "cloth doll, girl, green plaid dress, white apron, USA, Izannah Walker, 1855-1865." Because of Melissa's efforts, and the generosity of the Wisconsin Historial Society, we are able to post pictures of Tilly here on the Izannah Walker Chronicles.


1951.1608, Wisconsin Historical Society




1951.1608, Wisconsin Historical Society

1951.1608, Wisconsin Historical Society

1951.1608, Wisconsin Historical Society

1951.1608, Wisconsin Historical Society

1951.1608, Wisconsin Historical Society

1951.1608, Wisconsin Historical Society

1951.1608, Wisconsin Historical Society

1951.1608, Wisconsin Historical Society

Tilly is also featured in the book The Story of My Dolls by Alice Timpet. In her book, Alice Timpet describes her dolls, one of which is named Tillie. Alice never mentions that Tillie is an Izannah Walker doll, perhaps because she didn't know!


Thanks so much to Melissa for taking the pictures, and for getting permission from the Wisconsin Historical Society to post them here. Here she is, holding Tilly. I understand very much the look on her face!

The Wisconsin Historical Society has an
excellent collection of
children's clothing online,
a
s well as dolls.

Stay tuned, because another generous person
has sent a picture of an original Izannah Walker doll!
I'll be posting that in a few days.




1 comment:

  1. Dixie- Thank you so much! I have a copy of the book, and wondered many times whether or not the doll had survived. How amazing to find out that she has indeed (though she looks quite different than I imagined!)
    I believe the author's last name is actually "Trimpey"
    (interesting note- in the book Tilly is referred to as a 'rubber headed' doll, with no mention of Izannah or Jane Walker.)
    Thank you so much!

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