I scanned this rare copy of the Cincinnati Doll Co. catalog from 1924. They offered several different models of the composition dolls which are often called “carnival Kewpies” by collectors. These are not real Kewpie dolls, and were also sold in stores as well as given as carnival prizes. Their doll lamps are interesting too. I saw one of these at an auction recently, but unfortunately didn’t win it. (Note to self: take pictures of stuff at auctions!) The company offered other items in addition to dolls, I am including those pages too.
This article was published in the December 25, 1956 issue of Look magazine, and shows the brand new (at that time) Poor Pitiful Pearl doll by Brookglad, in her original outfit and the extra dress that she came with. Her creator, William Steig, was very well known at that time as an illustrator and cartoonist, primarily for The New Yorker magazine. What especially interesting here is the illustration showing his original drawing of Pearl. The article states that there would be a Poor Pitiful Pearl book the following spring, but I can’t find any information to confirm that it was ever published. He began a second career illustrating children’s books in the late 1960s, and it’s this work for which he is best remembered today.
This 28″ doll has a hard plastic torso and legs with soft vinyl head and arms. She is jointed at the neck, shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. She has an unusual construction in that her face and legs, with high heel feet, are obviously adult, while her flat-chested, pot-bellied torso and stubby arms are more like a child. She is a walking doll and her head turns.
She has blonde hair rooted in a short, curly style, vibrant blue sleep eyes with lashes, and painted lashes under each eye. Her lips are red, while her fingernails are more of a rosy peach color. Her toenails are unpainted.
She is marked “EEGEE” on the back of her neck.
Our blushing bride wears a satin, lace and tulle wedding gown which was available in a variety of styles. Her wired hoop petticoat is attached, and she also wears white taffeta panties, nylon hose and American Character style white heels. Her jewelry also varied, but would have included teardrop pearl earrings, a rhinestone engagement ring, and some type of neckace. She carries a small bouquet of white fabric flowers. Her tulle veil may be decorated with rhinestones, flowers, braid, netting or all of the above. The same doll was also sold in a street dress under the name Little Debutante.
Doreena Ballerina was advertised by Valentine in 1957. She has a vinyl head with sleep eyes and rooted hair; vinyl arms; hard plastic torso; and hard plastic legs with jointed knees and ankles, so she can wear flats, high heels or ballet slippers. She was available in a variety of ballet costumes, which are pictured in the brochure that came with her. Her special stand enables her to pose on her toes. An extra outfit was packaged with her, so she could change into street clothes.
Doreena was also sold with a 40 piece “Ballet Tour” gift set which included a stage set.
20″ Concertina was advertised by Valentine in 1958. She could be purchased in her Swan Lake costume, or in a gift set with several extra outfits. She has a hard plastic body with jointed knees and ankles, and a vinyl head with rooted hair and sleep eyes. Her “Swiss musical movement” I think would indicate that it is wind up rather than battery operated. If you have this doll, or any more information, please leave a comment and tell us about her.
Vintage plush Trudy Toys musical elephant is tagged and in excellent, clean, working condition. She sits about 7.5″ tall and has lovely, shiny, clean plush fur, brown plastic eyes, and a windup music box in her belly. The song is “Around the World in 80 Days.” When the music plays, she waves her trunk around and around. No odors. She dates to the 1950s or early 1960s. A darling vintage plush animal in wonderful condition!
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I don’t know the age of this dress, but it is definitely 19th century or early 20th century. The fabric is very loosely woven, but kind of stiff. It feels like linen but may be cotton. It is machine sewn, but the button holes are hand worked and the black velvet ribbon trim is sewn on by hand. It measures about 16 1/4″ from the front neckline to the hem. The front of the dress is lightly faded, and there are a few tiny holes and a few tiny spots, but overall it is in very good condition with no objectionable odors. One sleeve seam needs restitching at the cuff, a very easy fix. A lovely dress for a special doll!
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A look at what’s inside the Winter 2018 issue of Doll News, published by the United Federation of Doll Clubs, plus information on how to become a member of UFDC. Articles in this issue include the Barrois doll, plus the pattern to make her outfit shown on the cover; Leo Moss dolls; Seminole Indian dolls; and much more. For more information: www.ufdc.org
Kerr & Hinz was the trade name for a line of small all bisque dolls made by the Santa Clara Tile Co. in the 1930s and ’40s. They originally made dolls for Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls, then began selling the dolls under their own name. A lawsuit followed, and the remaining stock was forgotten in a warehouse until it was discovered in the 1970s.
The company made babies, pudgy toddlers and slim children from 4″ to 7″ tall. They are incised K&H USA on their backs. The girls have mohair wigs. Dolls were sold dressed and undressed. Kerr & Hinz dolls were popular with women’s groups who bought them by the dozen to costume and sell at fundraisers.
A Wedding Party set was made with bride, groom, flower girl, ring bearer, and four bridesmaids. See it here.
Most of these books are out of print but can be found through online sources. This is a very partial list; there are many more good reference books on dolls.
General Books about Dolls both Antique & Vintage
200 Years of Dolls, Identification and Price Guide, 4th edition by Dawn Herlocher, 2009
Collector’s Encyclopedia of Dolls, Vol. 1 by Dorothy, Elizabeth and Evelyn Coleman, 1968
Collector’s Encyclopedia of Dolls, Vol. 2 by Dorothy, Elizabeth and Evelyn Coleman, 1986
Collector’s Encyclopedia of Half Dolls, by Frieda Marion & Norma Werner, 1979
Doll Makers & Marks by Dawn Herlocher, 1999
Doll Values, 12th Edition by Linda Edward, 2012
Twentieth Century Dolls by Johana Gast Anderton, 1979
More Twentieth Century Dolls by Johana Gast Anderton, 1979
Ultimate Doll Book by Caroline Goodfellow, 2001
Dolls by Era
Dolls and Accessories 1910-1930 by Dian Zillner, 2007
Dolls and Accessories of the 1930s and 1940s by Dian Zillner, 2002
Small Dolls of the 40s & 50s by Carol J. Stover, 2002
Dolls and Accessories of the 1950s by Dian Zillner, 2005
Baby Boomer Dolls, 2nd Edition by Michele Karl, 2003
Collector’s Guide to Dolls of the 1960s and 1970s: Identification & Values, Vol. 1 by Cindy Sabulis, 2000
Collector’s Guide to Dolls of the 1960s and 1970s: Identification & Values, Vol. 2 by Cindy Sabulis, 2004
Collectible Doll Fashions: 1970s by Carmen Varricchio, 2003. Includes Barbie, Maddie Mod, Cher, Tuesday Taylor, and Barbie-type dolls.
Dolls by Type
Encyclopedia of Celebrity Dolls by John Axe, 1983
Talking Toys of the 20th Century by Kathy and Don Lewis, 1999
Dolls by Manufacturer or Name
American Character Dolls Identification and Value Guide by Judith Izen, 2004
Barbie & Her Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod World of Fashion by Joe Blitman, 1996. Covers 1967–1972.
Barbie Doll Structures and Furniture by Marl Davidson, 1997
Barbie Fashions Vol. I 1959–1967 by Sarah Sink Eames, 1990
Barbie Fashions Vol. II 1968-1974 by Sarah Sink Eames, 1997
Barbie Fashions Vol. III 1975-1979 by Sarah Sink Eames, 2003
Collector’s Encyclopedia of Barbie Dolls and Collectibles by Sibyl Dewein & Joan Ashabraner
Francie & Her Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod World of Fashion by Joe Blitman, 1996
Skipper, Barbie Doll’s Little Sister, also featuring Tutti and Todd by Scott Arend, Karla Holzerland & Trina Kent, 1998
Ultimate Barbie Doll Book by Marcie Melillo, 1996 hardcover, 2004 softcover
Betsy McCall: A Collector’s Guide by Marci Van Ausdall, 1999
Encyclopedia of Cabbage Patch Kids: The 1980s by Jan Lindenberger & Judy D. Morris, 1999
Encyclopedia of Cabbage Patch Kids: The 1990s by Jan Lindenberger &a= Judy D. Morris, 1999
Disney Dolls: Identification & Price Guide, Featuring Mattel Dolls by Margo Rana, 1999
Collectors Guide to Ideal Dolls Identification and Values by Judith Izen, 2005
Liddle Kiddles by Paris Langford, 1995 Also includes Flatsy, Dolly Darlings, Flower Darlings, and Upsy Downsy
Collector’s Encyclopedia of Madame Alexander Dolls 1948–1965 by Linda Crowsey, 2005
Collector’s Encyclopedia of Madame Alexander Dolls 1965–1990 by Patricia R. Smith, 1991
Shirley Temple Dolls and Fashions: A Collector’s Guide to the World’s Darling by Edward R. Pardella, Rev. ed. 1999
Complete Guide to Shirley Temple Dolls and Collectibles by Tonya Bervaldi-Camaratta, 2006
Shirley Temple Collector’s Guide: An Unauthorized Reference and Price Guide by Edward R. Pardella, 2005
Arranbee Dolls, Identification & Value Guide by Suzanne L. DeMillar and Dennis J. Brevik, 2003, paperback
Barbie Closet by Patricia Long, 1999
Encyclopedia of Bisque Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls Volume I; Identification & Value Guide by Elaine M. Pardee, covers 1936-1947, 2003
Encyclopedia of Nancy Ann Storybook Doll book Volume II; Identification & Values Guide by Elaine M. Pardee, 2009
Horsman Dolls 1865-1950 by Don Jensen, 2002
Horsman Dolls 1950-1990s by Don Jensen, 2007
Horsman Dolls 1950-1970 by Patikii Gibbs, 1985
Effanbee Dolls, the Formative Years 1910-1929 by Patricia Schoonmaker, 1984
Effanbee: A Collector’s Encyclopedia 1949-83 by John Axe, 1983
Effanbee: The Dolls with the Golden Hearts by M. Kelly Ellenburg, 1973
Patsy Doll Family Encyclopedia, Volume 1 (1992) & Volume 2 (1998) by Patricia N. Schoonmaker
Schoenhut Dolls, a Collector’s Encyclopedia by Carol Corson, 1993
Thirty Years of Mattel Fashion Dolls by J. Michael Augustyniak, 1997
Chatty Cathy & Her Talking Friends by Sean Kettelkamp, 1998
Collector’s Encyclopedia of Vogue Dolls, 2nd Edition by Judith Izen & Carol Stover, 2004
Norah Wellings Cloth Dolls and Soft Toys by Gillian Trotter, 2003
Lenci: The History and the Dolls by Nancy Lazenby, 2007
Vintage Dolls by Country of Manufacture
British Dolls of the 1950s by Susan Brewer, 2009
British Dolls of the 1960s by Susan Brewer, 2009
Dolls of Canada: A Reference Guide by Evelyn Strahlendorf, 1986
Identifying German Chinas 1840s–1930s by Mary Krombholz, 2004
German Doll Encyclopedia 1800-1939 by Jürgen and Marianne Cieslik, 1985
German Doll Marks and Identification book by Jürgen and Marianne Cieslik, 2nd edition, 2001
Nippon Dolls & Playthings by Joan van Patten and Linda Lau, 2000
Dolls by Material
Collectors Encyclopedia of American Composition Dolls 1900-1950 Volume I by Ursula R. Mertz, 1st issue 1999, reissued 2006
Collectors Encyclopedia of American Composition Dolls 1900-1950 Volume II by Ursula R. Mertz, 2004
Compo Dolls 1928-1955 Volume I by Polly & Pam Judd, 1991
Compo Dolls 1909-1928 Volume II by Polly & Pam Judd, 1994
Hard Plastic Dolls Volume I, 2nd Revised edition by Polly & Pam Judd, 1985
Hard Plastic Dolls Volume II, Identification & Price Guide by Polly & Pam Judd, 1989
Celluloid Dolls, Toys & Playthings by Julie P. Robinson, 2005
Celluloid Dolls of the World by Marjory Fainges, 2000
A Century of Celluloid Dolls by Shirley Buchholz, 1983
Complete Book of All Bisque Dolls by Mildred Seeley, 1992
Cloth Dolls 1920s-1930s by Polly Judd, 1990
Collector’s Encyclopedia of Cloth Dolls by Johana Gast Anderton, 1984
Cloth Dolls From Ancient to Modern by Linda Edward, 1997
Playthings By The Yard by Frances Walker and Margaret Whitton, 1973