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

 

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