Hymie first laid eyes on Ida
at a May Day Parade  they’d attended with other clothing workers.

After she married Hymie, beautiful Ida scrubbed clothes on washboards and walked long distances twice a day to bring meals to her husband, who worked in his tailor and cleaning shop 6-and-a-half days a week.

Every Sunday afternoon, Hymie and daughter Bibbi walked to a store where he promised to buy her a doll the following week.
The “dolls” Ida made for Bibbi and Rose were dishrags tied with string  to divide the  “heads” from  the “bodies”, lacking even such niceties as buttons for eyes.