Black & white photograph of a display of dolls heads from the Leo Sterne Doll Company, circa 1939-1950.

Description of Content

Range of papier-mache dolls' heads made by the Sterne Doll Company, Melbourne. The range covers a range of dolls' heads including both black and white boys and girls' heads,and also a clown's head. Most of the heads have moulded hair and appear to have painted eyes doll heads (15 in total).

Physical Description

Black & White photograph with a straight edge


This item is part of a growing collection of material relating to the migration and settlement experiences of Leo and Hilda Sterne who arrived in Melbourne in 1939 and immediately established a business that became one of the most successful doll and toy manufactures in post-war Melbourne.
The L.J. Sterne Doll Company (1939-71) is significant as one of the few surviving collections related to an Australian toy and doll manufacturer, a once thriving industry in Australia. Only the A.L. Lindsay and Co. archive at the Powerhouse Museum and the Jakas Toys collection at Museum Victoria are comparable.
This collection of photographs, business and promotional documents, dolls, and toys enables the exploration of many Australian post-war historical and social themes including: local television and manufacturing industries; design and production innovation; marketing and merchandising; childhood; gender and cultural representations; leisure and sport; and key cultural and historical events.

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