The Eli Lilly Doll

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2011-02-18 13:44:32 -0600
Started 2011-02-17 19:10:41 -0600

"LILLY - the insulin doll. Created in celebration of the 77th aniversary of the discovery of insulin. Eli Lilly and Company was the first to make insulin commercially available. In the early 1920s, the company supplied insulin free of charge to a group of children being cared for by Dr Elliot Joslin at the New England Deaconess Hospital. In response at Christmas time, the children sent Mr J K Lilly Sr a personal letter thanking him for his gift. Mr Lilly was so touched that he sent each child a new doll and new insulin kit. Without exception, each doll was named 'Lilly' by its recipient."

6 replies

realsis77 2011-02-18 13:42:29 -0600 Report

What a great stoy! I have to say thank God for insulin! Very touching story thanks for sharing it! :)

GabbyPA 2011-02-18 06:03:34 -0600 Report

This is a great story of how incredibly sensitive and caring care takers have been in the past. What strides we have made through time. Lilly is even decked out as a nurse, that is too cute.

melissa5786 2011-02-17 21:20:06 -0600 Report

That's a great story behind the dolls, but I can't help being a little creeped out by the way they look! At least they aren't porcelain, that would be worse!

jayabee52 2011-02-18 04:05:35 -0600 Report

I didn't think they looked creepy at all. My first wife made something that looked like that.

The story was quite interesting. Thanks for sharing