The Backporch Friends line was founded in 1991 when Cody Foster, the artist/designer, was just 16. His grandma was instrumental in teaching him the skills he would need to design and construct these wonderful folk art dolls. All original pieces are handmade in Nebraska. Cody Foster now designs a reproduction line and changed the name of his company to CODY FOSTER & CO. in 2005. His line has been featured in many magazines, most importantly the Mary Englebreit December 2003 issue.