Sheila King began selling Avon during a period of her life when she was recuperating from an illness. Each time she met a sales goal, she was given a Mrs. Albee’s Avon Doll. The dolls have a vintage look from the 1800’s  Mrs. Albee was a professional businessperson who sold products for the California Perfume Co. in the 1800’s. She is considered the first Avon Lady, due to her success in marketing and recruiting and training of sales personnel.  She was a pioneer in getting women to become financially independent.