Georgene Averill was more than a doll artist, as in 1915, she and her husband James Averill began a doll company that would operate for many years under a variety of names, including Averill Manufacturing Company, Georgene Novelties, and Madame Hendren. In 1926, Averill introduced one of her best known creations, Bonnie Babe, a bubbly baby with a lop-sided grin. Bonnie Babe was produced with a bisque head on a cloth body with composition limbs, as well as an all-bisque toddler with pink or blue one-strap shoes. This 4.5-inch tall version has brown sleep eyes. Her feline friend is the very scarce 1927 Tag, a 5-inch tall all-bisque cat that had a canine counterpart called Rag.
AUSTIN DOLL COLLECTORS SOCIETY
The Austin Doll Collectors Society is an organization of antique, vintage, and modern doll collectors, dealers, and artisans. We meet on the first Monday of each month and our meetings are fun and educational. We begin with refreshments and socializing, and, following our brief business meeting, there is a special doll-related program and "show and tell." The Austin Doll Collectors Society is a nonprofit organization and is a member of the United Federation of Doll Clubs.