Good morning everyone!! We are heading out for two more performances of The Little Mermaid in a little while – Natalie and her cast mates are putting on a pretty amazing show – but first, I promised you more vintage doll photos sent in by our readers. This post is going to take the place of my Picks of the Week post today – I haven’t had one moment to do any reading on my sites this week.
From Linda G. Play dolls of the 1950’s. (Left to right) Little Miss Revlon by Ideal, before Barbie, a teenage doll with her wardrobe trunk. Had red nails, ladies under garments, nylons… with seams and high heels. Sweet Sue by American Character Dolls, original dress. Ginny, by Vogue in nightie, robe & slippers that came in her overnight bag. Life sized baby doll who only wore my baby clothes. Don’t know the maker.
Little Miss Revlon was considered “nice” in the 1950’s, a big sister, Barbie was not. There was much discussion on whether children should be allowed to play with Barbie. I was not to have one. I saved my own money for LMR who had an anatomically “normal” woman shape. Now, she came in a bra, girdle, nylons, high heels and earrings! She swiveled and tilted at the waist and neck. Could almost turn and “check her seams” …quite realistic. Legs were straight. Could exchange clothes with Jill, Ginny’s big sister by Vogue. The black and white outfit she’s wearing in the photo is Vogue. Most of the other outfits were made by my mother or aunt.
Sweet Sue was a “Walker.” If you tilted her side to side, her legs and head moved, and she walked. She has a hard body, 1952. Being an only child, she went a lot of places with me. She has an extremely complete wardrobe, again sewn by my mother or aunt…..and it’s seasonal for our Minnesota weather! Everything from boots to sandals, snowsuits to shorts and halter top. PJ’s and nighties to bride dress and formal. Nurse outfit to school girl. I had her repainted about 10 years ago. She is not marked, but I had always called her “Sweet Sue,” which is a line produced by American Character. But the heads were often interchanged with other companies. So I didn’t know what she was for sure. Later I found a book on just American Character dolls that said the dolls were often not marked…..and there was her picture in the same dress I have her in now. It showed her with red shoes, mine had white. But I feel confident that she is a “real” Sweet Sue doll. Recently I have sewed more outfits for her that duplicate clothing I had…..yes, even a poodle skirt that I wore at 11 years old. I have enjoyed Target’s Our Generation Vintage line. So far have resisted.
Ginny by Vogue, was the classic 8 inch doll. Most girls had one, even if they didn’t “do dolls”. At 12, a friend and I spent hours making houses for them. This doll is a newer version that has knees that bend so she can sit on a chair or run. Granddaughters haven’t seen her yet!
The baby doll was treated as a real baby…… I even had my bassinet in my room. She sat on my bed all through high school in my baptismal dress. I did find her photo once in a book, but can’t remember what I did with the information I found. Interestingly, the granddaughters have never really played with the life sized baby doll although she has been sitting out.
From Madelon – Sleeping Beauty from Madame Alexander.
Also from Madelon – Madame Alexander Juliet and Goldilocks.
This is my dad’s Howdy Doody doll. It dates from about 1952. It’s my dad’s favorite childhood toy. From Beth.
From Beth – This is my mom’s doll Linda, dating from the 1950s. Linda has red hair and green eyes. She is named after my mom’s cousin.
This is a small doll, about eight inches tall, that I got at an antique fair. She has a walking mechanism- when you move one leg, the other moves as well. However, she cannot stand on her own very well. She is wearing a handmade dress. From Beth
The next set of photos are from Sharry.
Battery powered babies: (15-16 inch) From L-R: Hush Lil’ Baby (cries and rocks), Wake Up Thumbelina (turns and rolls over), Baby Alive (eats drinks and poops), Baby That-A-Way (crawls and walks), Tippy Tumbles (turns somersaults), Smarty Pants (talks when body parts are moved)
Pull String talkers: (L-R) (14-15 inch) Flip Wilson, Drowsy, Rodney Allen Rippy
and when you turn Flip over, his alter-ego Geraldine Jones!
Other babies: (L-R) (various sizes) Baby Brother Tender Love (drink and wet), a generic drink and wet doll I call Tommy, Rub-A-Dub Dolly (bathtub doll)
Hair Play Dolls (18 inch): (L-R) Crissy, Velvet, Kerry, Black Crissy (Sabrina), Tiffany Taylor, Aimee, Supersize Barbie (w/ Super Hair)
18 inch Battery powered teens: (L-R) Mimi (sings w/ records in back), Best Friend Cynthia (talks w/ records in side), Beautiful Lainie (dances)
Charlie’s Angels (9 inches) (L-R) Kris, Kelly, Sabrina and Jill
Holly Hobbie and Friends (6 inches) (L-R) Holly, Carrie, Amy, Heather and an extra Amy I named Molly
The Sunshine Family ((10, 9 and 2 inches) Steve (Dad), Steffie (Mom) and Baby Sweets
From Shelby-Grace: Last year, I was shopping at a garage sale when I spotted this little beauty 🙂 She is a Storybook doll, wearing a gorgeous, frilly dress that close with small metal snaps and a felt hat. Her shoes are black and painted, and she has little pantaloons on under her skirt. She is missing an arm, but she is still in pretty good condition I am not sure of her year or about the company that made her, but if someone here on Doll Diaries knows more about her, I’d love it if you shared it with me
?Her curls are still soft, and a vivid red color!
?Her eyes open and close, and are a brownish-black color.
The markings on her back, stating she is a Storybook Doll.
From Michele – This first one is of two vintage dolls I rescued from an estate sale. The one on the left came in this doll trunk with two outfits, the one she has on and a robe and gown. I’m not sure if the trunk is an original to this particular doll, but the dresses seem to be. She is about 7.5 inches tall with sleep eyes and blonde curly hair. She is plastic with movable arms and legs. Dates from the 1950’s. Next to her is a 4.5 inch Story Book doll with sleep eyes dating from around the 1950’s also.
This sweetie is a Horsman doll with a one-piece stuffed vinyl body, sleep eyes, rooted hair and “posable super-flex legs”. She is almost 16″ tall and has her original dress, knit undies, knit socks, and shoes. I also rescued her at an estate sale, she was on a bottom shelf, way in the back, I almost missed her! But fell in love with her as soon as I saw her.
These two are my favorite baby dolls from my childhood. The one on the left is a Horsman baby doll. I got her in 1967 when I was three years old. She was my first baby doll that was very much loved!. She has a soft cloth body and vinyl arms and legs, she originally had longer hair and she has sleep eyes. The one on the right is a Vogue Baby Dear One. They started making her in 1965, this one dates from 1972. She was life size at 25″ tall. She has a vinyl head and limbs with rooted hair. She has sleep eyes and is wearing a gown my grandmother made especially for her. She was also very much loved.
From Jessica: Jody Doll: Jody was made by Ideal Toy in 1975. Jody is a 9″ fashion doll with articulated neck, arms, legs and knees. She was known for having extremely long hair that came down to her ankles.
To my knowledge there were 6 varieties of Jody Dolls and were available as Caucasian and African American.
My father Daniel, who is the creator of AmericanCustomDollhouses.com, worked at Ideal Toy in the 1970’s. He wrote the instructions and designed the packaging for the Jody Doll line.
Madame Alexander Glamour Girl: Glamour Girl was made by Madame Alexander in 1953. My mother received this doll when she was eight and passed her down to me. This doll has the “Margaret” head sculpt. This was the first year Madame Alexander made the “straight leg walker”. If you turn her waist, her legs move. She is 19″ tall with wigged saran hair. She came with a hat, socks, pantaloons, shoes, hoop underskirt, and dress with sash (with a padded bust – the actual doll has a flat chest). She is articulated at the neck, arms and legs. She has sleep eyes.
From Molly W – This was my great grandmother’s doll. I’m not exactly sure what kind of doll she is or exactly how old, but I know my great grandma was born in 1915, so she probably got the doll sometime in the ’20s. If any of you readers by any chance know what kind of a doll it is, please do let me know. I love the way doll-playing transcends generations!
From Jessica-This isn’t a great picture of her, but this is my doll Charlotte. I got her from a trash and treasure market for 5 dollars. When I got her, I knew nothing about her, except that she looked quite old, and had the marking “AM 341” on her neck. I wondered for ages what she was, until I found a picture of a reproduction “Dream baby” doll in a book, and it looked just like her! I got really excited and looked through library books and websites, trying to find out more about her. It turns out she is indeed a “Dream Baby”, made by the German company Armand Marsielle in the 1920’s. We’re pretty sure she is “real” and not just a reproduction, although she appears to have a replaced body. When I bought her, she came with a white outfit matching her bonnet. The clothes she is wearing in the picture I made for her. If anyone has any more information on her please let me know. Thanks!
Thank you to all who sent in photos this week – these are such an amazing collection of dolls from our past and I am honored to showcase them for all to enjoy!!!
Next week’s Throwback Thursday will feature retired MINI DOLLS. Mini dolls are dolls that are 8″ or shorter and they need to be retired. They can be any brand, but they need to be little and no longer available. Put THROWBACK MINI DOLLS in the subject line and email your photos to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since we have two Little Mermaid shows back-to-back this afternoon, I am giving you some extra time to get your Camp Doll Diaries Memories photos in!! Send photos of your dolls doing any of the Camp Doll Diaries activities we have posted so far or something inspired by those activities and I will post them as part of the Camp Memories “bulletin board” tomorrow. Send Camp Memories photos to TEAM@DOLLDIARIES.COM – note this is a different email address.
Have a FABULOUS day!