Composition dolls overtook the market for bisque dolls in the early 20th Century. Hailed by American dollmaking companies as unbreakable compared to bisque also often called porcelain dolls, the novelty of the new material for doll heads, coupled with World War I, helped to bring down the once-mighty German dollmaking industry, and helped to make America the premier dollmaking country of the early-to-mid 20th Century. The composition is generally a mixture of glue mixed with sawdust. Heavier and denser than paper mache, composition is easily molded and is thus an excellent material to make doll heads.
The copyright on the Barbie dolls is not always the year that the doll was manufactured. In fact, many dolls with the copyright were actually manufactured in the s and s, which means they have little value to collectors. These markings often include a date. The confusion comes when people see this information and think they've found a vintage Barbie doll.
You're in good company if you love to collect dolls of any kind. Some famous people, such as actress Demi Moore and actor Johnny Depp, collect dolls. Even British singer, Sophie Ellis Bextor, collects a variety of dolls because they're full of personality and charm. You may collect dolls purely for investment purposes.