Short History of "Ethel Dean"
Hosoya Elementary School, Toyohashi City
|Among the 349
Blue-eyed Dolls given to Aichi Prefecture, there are only 9 (as of 1994)
confirmed to still be in existence.
In February 1927, the school's Principal Suzukawa went to the Futagawa Station by jinrikisha to greet "Ethel Dean."
During the war, the Blue-eyed Dolls were destroyed and burned everywhere as "dolls of the enemy." The details about how "Ethel Dean" survived that period are not known. In 1989, she returned home to Lincoln, Nebraska, wearing the handmade clothes and shoes from about 60 years before.
The "passport," "ticket," "identification card," "handwritten letter from the woman who made the doll," and "lyrics and music sung when greeting the doll" have also been preserved.
- Reference Sources -
Special thanks to the Toyohashi
Board of Education,
| 1927 Doll Exchange
| Japanese Friendship Dolls | American