Retrospect: Roanoke’s Ella Smith Doll Company

Ella Smith was determined to produce an indestructible child's toy

Workers at the Ella Smith Doll Company, including Smith (top row, third from left). Photo courtesy of the Roanoke Leader. There are few immutable facts that ring throughout history. The human story is, at its very core, one of change. Sometimes that change is gradual; sometimes it arrives with alarming rapidity.…

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