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John F. Kennedy groom doll

Object Number: 2002.013.0001
Category: Artifacts
Type of Object: Doll
Dimensions: 17 1/4 in. (43.8 cm)
Description
Bisque doll of John F. Kennedy with a cloth body and bisque head, hands and feet. The doll is dressed in a wedding tuxedo with ivory jacket, black pants and a black bow tie. The clothes are homemade, sewn on a machine but not mass-produced. John Kennedy wore a dark morning suit with tails to his 1953 wedding so this costume is not an accurate representation of his wedding clothes.

This doll and the accompanying bride doll are one of a kind, although the bisque heads representing John and Jacqueline Kennedy were commercially available to doll enthusiasts.
Curator's Notes

This wedding doll, and its companion, were featured on a popular culture spotlight on WFAA-TV's Good Morning Texas program in 2011. - Stephen Fagin, Curator

There is a mark on the back of the doll's head that looks a little like the name Esther, but with both of the first two letters capitalized: ESther.  If you have information about this doll-maker or about this pair of Kennedy wedding dolls, please contact us at collections@jfk.org.  Thank you! - Lindsey Richardson, Curator of Collections

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