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Rags to Riches


Rags to Riches doll by Deluxe Reading Rags to Riches doll by Deluxe Reading
Rags to Riches doll by Deluxe Reading
Photos courtesy of Deanna Lytner.

Body Construction
This 25" doll has a rigid vinyl body and soft vinyl head, and green sleep eyes with lashes. She is jointed at shoulders, neck, waist and hips, and has red toenail and fingernail polish. Her dark brunette hair is coarse, wavy, and very short. She is identical to Deluxe Reading's Deluxe Fashion Parade and Sweet Janie dolls, except for the color of her eyes.

Markings
She is unmarked except for a small bump on her lower back and a horizontal plate line on the back of her neck.

Clothing
The Rags to Riches doll comes with two outfits. Her "rich" dress is ivory satin with silver embroidery. She has matching fingerless gloves and a big blue velvet bow at the waist. At the hemline the dress is caught up to lift it to show the "slip" underneath, however, the slip is just a panel sewn in at the front to show at the hemline under the big bow. Her shoes are white plastic, and she wears white cotton panties. She also wears a rhinestone crown (missing from photo.)

Her peasant dress is cotton with a medium blue bodice and a "patchwork" skirt. The skirt is just one piece of fabric printed to look like patchwork. It has a separate red with white polka dot sash at the waist that snaps in the back. A scarf (not shown in photo) completes the outfit.

Packaging
Her box is shown above. Also included with the dolls was an advertising pamphlet with the following text:

Created by De Luxe Toy Creations, the world's largest doll manufacturer, she is the finest doll made. The entire doll is made of top quality materials including miracle vinyl moving arms, legs and torso and also washable rooted saran hair. Her clothes were designed by one of America's leading fashion designers. There are no inferior or unsightly components such as cotton or straw stuffing.

Efficient mass production has made it possible to offer you such great value.

The United States Testing Company, the world's largest organization of its kind, state in their report #43388: "We tested the De Luxe doll side by side with dolls produced by other leading manufacturers, which we purchased in the largest department stores for $15.00, $20.00 and $25.00 each. The overwhelming majority of consumers rated the De Luxe doll as No. 1 for beauty, styling and value, even though all price tags were removed."

Thanks to Deanna Lytner for help with this page.

Copyright 1997-2007 by Zendelle Bouchard.

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