Wednesday, September 14, 2011
McKinley Soap Doll
Today is the anniversary of McKinley's assasination. His story is a sad one for many reasons, not the least of which was the devastation brought to his wife. She was an invalid, and he a loving and devoted husband who cared for her. Here is a photo of the McKinley soap baby, a "frozen Charlotte" type doll, made to commemorate his election. These events took place on or near my grandfather's birth in 1897, and on or near the year of my favorite book's publication, Dracula! The true political doll has a tag or button with McKinley's name, see Helen Young's 1967, The Complete Book of Doll Collecting.