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The Abigail Doll, left, poses for a photo with a doll owner Ellen Carter believes may have been one of the first Abigail Dolls before the dolls' faces were hand painted and the Nancy Hanks Doll, far right. Carter and her husband "collect Brown County." She owns another Abigail Doll and a Nancy Hanks Doll. The Abigail and Nancy Hanks Dolls were created by Portia Howe Sperry, after her husband lost his job during the Great Depression, as a way to earn money for her family. The dolls were sold in the Brown County Folks Shop, which the Sperrys owned. Now the Nancy Hanks and Abigail Dolls will be featured in the permanent "American Enterprise" exhibit in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History this July.