Great Find: The Original Susan Strollers Doll

One of our readers, Madeline, recently rescued an old doll her Dad found and of course, we all want to see the pictures. As you can see from the first pictures, she is a little scary now but Madeline is going to try to fix her with her Dad’s help.

Susan Stroller doll antique Susan Stroller doll rescued Susan Stroller doll back

Here is a little about the doll in Madeline’s words:

Yesterday me and my mom were looking online to find out what kind of doll she is, she did not come up but based on the dolls we saw she is probably from the 1940′s or 50′s. She belonged to an older woman who collected dolls but when she died and her children came and got all her stuff, they apparently left this doll. My dad found her and showed her to me and hopefully we can fix her again. I don’t know why she has holes in her stomach, she wasn’t a speaking doll or anything. At least, she has no batteries. I am thinking about naming her Maggie, but I am still looking for suggestions.

Hello Again! It is Madeline. A little after I sent you the doll pictures, my mom did a little investigating and found the doll she was. Here is the link to a photo album of some of them. She is an Original Susan Strollers Doll by “Eegee” and she was supposed to walk, crawl, cry and things like that. I didn’t think the holes were for talking but I guess they really are! They don’t have any markings or things on their actual bodies, they came with tags that apparently came with hair curlers on them. The main thing you can identify them by is their holes in their stomachs.

Here are a few photos Madeline found when doing the research to identify her doll:

Susan Strollers doll tag

Susan Strollers doll tag

Susan Strollers doll advertisement

Susan Strollers doll advertisement

Original Susan Strollers doll

Original Susan Strollers doll

View of Susan Strollers holes on stomach

View of Susan Strollers holes on stomach

Thanks again Madeline for sharing these with us!! Please send in more pictures once you have her all cleaned up!

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Comments

  1. Lena says:

    Congrats Madeline!

    She’s a cutie!

  2. Lily says:

    I looked on eBay and a Susan Strollers doll in decent condition sold for $17. Hence, this one is worth next to nothing. Of course, that doesn’t matter if she is a special doll to you. I like dolls that I have to hunt for too :)

  3. Sara says:

    First 2 say firstie!!!!

    Char~ when do u think u’ll be able 2 post my pix?

  4. Char says:

    Sara-hopefully today sometime. it has been a crazy few weeks but I haven’t forgotten about them.

  5. Sara says:

    Ok. thnx Char!!

  6. Madeline says:

    Thank you Char for posting my pictures!

    Today me and my dad gave Maggie Susan a bath and a surgery and even put new clothes on her. But since it is too soon to post, you guys will have to wait. Her hair came off in the bath (in the sink) so she is bald now, she looks like a little baby. Thankfully, my mom’s friend’s grandmother is a big doll collector, she has hundreds. She is going to a doll show out of town and is going to try to find me an original Susan Stroller wig, since the old one wasn’t going to make it anyway. She is very interested in the dolls I collect (none of her grandchildren or anything were ever into dolls) so when she gets back I get to go to her house and show her my dolls and I guess she will show me hers. Maybe I can get pictures of her dolls too! :)

  7. Lily says:

    You gave a doll that was falling apart a bath in the sink? It is never a good idea to immerse dolls that aren’t Barbies. They’re not humans and cleaning them doesn’t work the same way. Often it damages them and/or promotes the growth of mold and mildew. I think your doll was best left alone, including the clothes. Of course, it must’ve been fun to “fix” her and she wasn’t worth anything in the first place. Good luck finding a wig!

  8. Lena says:

    Lily, when you star working for 7$ and hour (not including tax and all – you never see more than 5$ of what you earn), we’ll see how much 17$ means to you.

    Cleaning with baking soda would have been better, its never a good idea to put a doll into a sink.

  9. Madeline says:

    Lily, I know you are trying to give me tips, but she IS worth something to ME. You even just said that. And just because she was $17 ebay, doesn’t mean she is worth that much. American Girls are worth $100 but I got one for $30.

    And It DID help, actually. We didn’t literally give her a full on-bath underwater, the sink was just on and my dad just scrubbed her with soap and rinsed her and stuff. And most of the dirt came off, and she was just fine. The only reason the wig came off was because it was coming off anyway. And after we took her apart and my dad replaced the old rubber bands inside with new ones, and it did a lot of help.

    The next things is left is maybe a little repainting on her cracks and stuff. And a new wig. Her eyes, too! They are together in her head, so when you push one back the other comes forward, and when you pull one up the other goes back. My dad cleaned them but he might still need to do something else! I think my doll is better touched and clothed then just left alone at the shop. :D

  10. Sara says:

    anybody on???

  11. Lily says:

    Have you thought about sewing clothes for her yourself? Simplicity (or maybe it’s McCall’s) has some 1950′s reproduction patterns for AG dolls that would look great on her. You could probably hand sew the outfits.

    If you don’t mind not having a Susan Strollers wig, there’s are a lot of other wig options. You just measure the circumference of the doll’s head (example: 10 inches) and that is the wig size you would use. Monique and Kemper have some very cute braided wigs for only about $10, give or take. If you like, I can help you find one.

  12. Holly says:

    Wow! Great find Madeline! Even if she’s not worth a whole lot, you should be very proud!!! I’m still on the hunt to find a good Chatty Cathy that works that is affordable….
    I repair Antique dolls as a hobby. I restore their wigs, redo their clothes, repaint their faces, and fix the condition of their bodies in general. I have some dolls from the early 40s I’ve been working on for 3 months now.

  13. Madeline says:

    Thank you, Lily, I will see about that.

    That’s great Holly!

  14. Lily says:

    That sounds like a fun hobby, Holly. One of my dream hobbies is to restore My Twinn dolls. I have three who I will be working on soon. They need new eyes and lashes plus facial paint (I’ll leave the painting to the pros). I’ve been trying to order My Twinn clothes patterns, but my order won’t go through. I think I’ll try again this week if school hasn’t swallowed me alive by then.

  15. Holly says:

    I love my My Twinn. I may ask for a red head, green eyes one for Christmas.
    The quality is amazing!!!

  16. Ava says:

    ls her hair hard to manage?

  17. Holly says:

    If your asking about my My Twinn, then no her hair isn’t. It’s easier to take care of than a AG, IMO.

  18. Madeline says:

    OMGoodness! I saw a Kailey doll on the internet for $900! And a Nicki Doll and Accessories $1,850!!!!

    Anyway, I was trying to find more information on the internet about Susan Stroller. I was trying to find the official “Eegee” website (If they had one)… Then I realized…. They didn’t have computers in the 50′s.

  19. Lena says:

    The did have them in the 50′s, just not as many…. 2 I think. Fun Fact: the original bug in the computer *was* a real bug.

  20. Madeline says:

    That was what I meant, Lena. Like not everybody had a household computer, of course.

    Do any of you guys know how much a Susan Stroller is worth? ( and you can’t just take it from ebay )

  21. Lena says:

    I could not find how much they originally ran for, but from what I can make out on the tag it says “from 3.95 to 25.00″. In the 50′s, that was comparable to AG today.

  22. Lily says:

    There really isn’t anything besides eBay to determine her monetary value. Like Lena said, you can compare the quality but that’s about it. I think the quality part is all that really matters.

  23. Lily says:

    Holly, I am also really, really wanting a red hair, green eyed My Twinn. I think I’ll buy one on eBay and give her new eyes and a wig.

  24. Lena says:

    Um… I didn’t say it depends on quality, I can make out the tag Char pictured above, it says “from 3.95 to 25.00?.

  25. Lily says:

    I said it depends on quality, which is my opinion. You said that they’re comparable to AG dolls, which is your opinion. I was interpreting your opinion and making my own conclusion.

    In 1955, $3.95 would be $31.42 in 2008. $25.00 would be $198.86 in 2008. I would say that those dolls were of decent quality, then. Whatever the case, she doesn’t look like one of those junky tourist toys.

  26. Lena says:

    That’s what I was saying, that in price back then, they were more or less the same as AGs now. And that’s not an opinion, its a fact.

  27. AG&FAN says:

    WOW! That’s cool!

  28. Lily says:

    Good point. Well, good night. The first day of school is tomorrow. I can’t say I’m excited, but I want to make the best of this year.

  29. Madeline says:

    Haha, Lily. That sounds odd. if you are going to buy a green-eyed, red-haired Twinn on ebay and that is who you want, why are you going to change her? Or do you mean you will buy any one and make her a green-eyed, red-haired one? Probably. :)

    Anyway, however much she is worth, which I don’t really care about that much but ok, I am going to really fix her. Of course it may be impossible to make her in-box mint condition again, and since that doll has been laying outside for 8 months with not a full roof over her, I don’t know if we can make her walk and cry again, (But that would be cool, as long as she was turn-off-able) but she has already been through alot and the next stage is: Finding a wig. Original S.S. or not. The next step after that: Painting over her cracks, is that right? Next to last step: Possibly seeing if she is able to walk again or whatever else is needed

    Last step: Love her :)

  30. Madeline says:

    And now that I look at her, even these old pictures of her messy, she really is cute! Why was I scared of her at first? ???

  31. Lily says:

    Yeah, I kind of worded that funny. It’s hard to find dolls with a certain wig and eye color you want. Red headed dolls sell for more anyway. I would rather just hunt for a doll with a face mold and skin tone I really want then go from there. Wigs and eyes only cost about $35 total, including S&H.

  32. Lena says:

    Madeline, if I were you, I’d repaint her first then give her a wig. hair gets in the way when repainting.

  33. Madeline says:

    Ok Lena maybe that is what I’ll do.

  34. Holly says:

    Man I’m so bored!!! I have strep throat and I’m super dehydrated…. I hope I get to go back to school tomorrow… :(
    Well, at least in a few weeks maybe they’ll be new JLYs!! :)

  35. Lily says:

    I’m sorry about that, Holly. I got strep a lot when I was younger. I hope you can go back to school tomorrow, too. And there should be a lot of new stuff coming out really soon … I’m hoping for pretty historical outfits!

    Good night!

  36. Holly says:

    Nope, I’m still here today too :(
    I hope Julie gets new outfits!!! And for a pretty red head JLY… :)

  37. priscilla says:

    congrats madeline! today i got my iphone!!!!! its not charged yet,though.

  38. Lena says:

    Cool that you have an iPone, Priscilla. I want one so bad.

  39. Madeline says:

    Coolio!

  40. Ava says:

    l’ve never actually heard of the Susan Strollers Doll. Was it very popular at the time?

  41. Madeline says:

    I am not sure, Ava. I never heard of her either of course until I looked her up.

    I sent Char the “Maggie Gets Better” pictures, hopefully they will be up here soon.

  42. chrysanthemum says:

    feel better soon. i had strep twice in one year. yuck.

  43. sallie says:

    anybody on??????