The first dolls were made out of corn husks, wood and wax. Rag dolls were introduced during the American Colonial period 1630 to 1762. Manufactured dolls where expensive and hard to get. Perhaps the rag doll was an invention of necessity. Families moved away from home, often as part of a wagon train or on long voyages aboard a ship, for better opportunities. Children had to leave behind their toys. A doll made out of rags provided comfort and security along the way.