Name: Cynthia

Made by and When: Madame Alexander, 1952

Material: Hard plastic

Marks: 23-inch doll (marked with an A on the head); 18-inch doll (Alexander on head); 15-inch doll (unmarked)

Height: 23, 18, and 15 inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black wigs/brown sleep eyes with eyelashes/closed mouths painted in variations of red and pink.

Clothes: The dolls were dressed in tagged Madame Alexander pastel organdy dresses with ruffled necklines and hems with coordinating pastel ribbon sashes at the waist, white socks, and usually black Mary-Jane-style shoes. The 23- and 18-inch dolls shown wear original clothes and shoes. The 15-inch doll was said to have been sold as a “dress me” doll wearing only panties, socks, and shoes. The yellow dress is a replica of the original dress worn by the 15-inch doll.

Other: The Madame Alexander doll company introduced their Cynthia doll in three sizes:  15-inches (stock #1530), 18 inches (#1830) and 23 inches (#2330 ) for one year only. The dolls use the Margaret O’Brien sculpt.


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