Pixie Dust by Kathe Kruse
If you’re one of the countless people who loves Effanbee Dolls, then you’ll love the new Pixie Dust by Kathe Kruse. Designed for all skin types, this cosmetics product is an excellent way to give your face a radiant shine, while still providing natural, healthy skin. Its sheer color and unique formula will leave you feeling happy and radiant for days!
The history of Kathe Kruse Dolls began in 1916 with the “Dollhouse Dolls” and continued with the Schlenkerchen, Traumerchen, and the Pixie in 1922. A decade later, the company produced the eight-inch Kathe Kruse doll, The Faithful Child. The pixie was modeled after Friedebald Kruse.
Initially, the Effanbee Dolls factory in Bad Kosen, Germany, produced only a few models of dolls, primarily for exhibitions. The dolls were called “Doll I” due to their serial numbers, a designation that continues to be used today. The factory began in a modest house on Friedrichstrasse, and then moved to a more spacious former schoolhouse. The factory started producing different models of dolls and began to advertise their products in international magazines and shops throughout Germany and Europe.
The original composition of Effanbee Dolls is faithfully recreated with this new line. The Patsy doll, as with Patricia, is a 14-inch porcelain figure dressed in a blueberry print dress with blueberry beads and handmade navy leather mary-janes. Patsy is a faithful reproduction of the original, with a tiny handmade mary-jane shoe. Both dolls are part of the Classic Playthings collection.
The design of Effanbee Dolls started as a response to a request by Kathe Kruse’s daughter Maria for a doll for Christmas in 1905. Maria wanted a doll that she could care for and cuddle. When Max Kruse first went shopping for a doll for Maria in Berlin, he was unimpressed by the stiff, cold quality of most bisque dolls. The young sculptor encouraged his wife to design a doll for Maria for Christmas and began making dolls for all of his children.
The Kathe Kruse Doll Company began production in Germany in 1911 and subsequently worked with the Lawton Doll Company. After the war, the company’s original factory was absorbed into the Soviet system. Some of its workers emigrated to the United States, while others remained in the area and continued the production. The company continued to produce Kathe Kruse Dolls until the 1990s when it was sold to the Hape Doll Company.