This is Victoria.

Victoria was my grandmother’s beloved doll.  Even after my grandmother became a grandmother herself, Victoria always had a seat in a wooden high chair in her dining room.

My grandmother was born in 1910. When she was young, her father was killed in a trolley car accident leaving her mother to raise three young children. They lived in a cold-water flat in Newark, NJ, and my great-grandmother took in borders and worked as a housekeeper and seamstress to help make ends meet.  I imagine a doll was considered a great luxury during this time.

I don’t collect dolls, but when my grandmother died, Victoria came to me. My father found a photo of the two of them.  There is no date on the back. It is simply inscribed “Adeline and Victoria.”


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