Helen Fox Trowbridge (1882-1970)
Where: Yelping Hill
Trowbridge was born in New York City, and studied chemistry at Cooper Union and sculpture at the New York School of Applied Design. She also apprenticed with Gutzon Borglum. Trowbridge began her career creating clay medallions depicting babies and children. Doll manufacturer Edward Horsman saw Trowbridge’s work, and in 1909 offered her a position designing dolls for his company. Trowbridge, though married the same year, accepted the offer.
Trowbridge was known for using her own children as models for her work. She is perhaps best known for the Campbell’s Kids dolls that she created from 1910-1928, and again after World War II, around 1948. Trowbridge also eventually expanded her repertoire to include cloth dolls, accessories and miniature dollhouse accessories such as doll food.
Trowbridge and her husband were one of the seven founding families of Yelping Hill, and summered there every year. Trowbridge, also an avid book collector, kept her collection at their cottage in Yelping Hill.
Image courtesy of Collector's Guide to Horsman Dolls: Identification & Values 1865-1950 by Don Jensen. Paducah, Kentucky: Collector Books, c. 2002, page 57.