was published on a weekly basis. The magazine included stories, games, crafts, recipes, instruction in the social graces and clothing patterns for Bleuette
Bleuette was born in 1905 near the end of the heyday of dollmaking, just after Emile Jumeau and other makers of fine dolls in France bonded together to form the company SFBJ. Unlike the earlier French dolls, Bleuette was created for interactive play, and as a teaching tool. Bleuette's mission was to help instruct little girls the fine art of homemaking. from the very beginning, Bleuette seemed to invite the young owners into her world, where girls could learn to become proper French ladies through play.
The brilliance of this approach to selling Bleuette and La Semaine de Suzette to French girls is demonstrated by the fact that all 20,000 dolls ordered by the publisher, Henri Gautier, in 1905 had been sold before the first issue of the magazine was published. Bleuette's new "mama" was urged to begin sewing for her immediately. There were more than 1,060 patterns published over the fifty-five years Bleuette was produced.
This remarkable doll survived two devastating world wars and the resulting deprivations at every level of life. Her ever-changing wardrobe needs mirrored the fluctuations of a rapidly changing society, especially following these two wars. What's more, unlikely many other dolls, Bleuette's face and even her height, changed over the fifty years of her production.
|Marielle, an original Bleuette Jumeau|
|Bertille is from the collection of Martha Nichols|
|Bette, a Unis France 301|
|Sophie, a Unis France 251|
SFBJ 251 were produced from 1922-1933. These dolls have a more baby like quality than most Bleuettes and some appear to have short necks giving them a dumpy appearance. They have two teeth instead of four. From 1922-1933 the SFBJ 251 Paris 2 was 27 centimeters and had sleep eyes.
*Note: The above information was taken from the book Bleuette - The Doll and Her Wardrobe by Barbara Hilliker.