Two Baby Grumpy Dolls

Doll 1

Name: Baby Grumpy (the doll on the left)

Made by and When: Effanbee, circa 1922

Material: Composition head and shoulder plate, composition arms and legs, and brown cloth body

Marks: Effanbee Dolls Walk*Talk*Sleep (on shoulder plate)

Height: 12

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black sculpted hair/brown side-glancing eyes/closed, downturned mouth with painted red lips

Clothes: Pink organza dress, white slip, one-piece underwear, white socks, pink shoes.

Other: Baby Grumpy has frowns in the forehead. This doll’s legs are chunkier than the doll with three braids.

Baby Grumpy with molded hair (left), Baby Grumpy with molded hair and three tufts, circa 1920s

Doll 2

Name: Baby Grumpy (the doll on the right)

Made by and When: Effanbee, circa 1922

Material: Composition head and shoulder plate, composition arms and legs, and brown cloth body

Marks: Effanbee Dolls Walk*Talk*Sleep (on shoulder plate)

Height: 12 inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black sculpted hair with three tufts of hair/brown side-glancing eyes/closed, downturned mouth with painted red lips

Clothes: Blue and white striped dress (possibly not original), white socks, replaced black shoes

Other: Baby Grumpy has frowns in the forehead.

Published by DeeBeeGee

Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

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