Saralee Negro Doll

Name: Saralee Negro Doll Made by and When: Ideal Toy Corporation, 1951 Material: Vinyl with brown cloth body Marks: Ideal Dolls (on head) Height: 17 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Sculpted black curls, brown sleep eyes with eyelashes/open-closed mouth with a molded tongue Clothes: Light blue organdy Ideal-tagged dress, white socks, off-white shoes, replaced blue bonnet Other: OnContinue reading “Saralee Negro Doll”

Saralee’s Sister

Name: Saralee’s Sister Made by and When: Ideal, circa 1952 Material: Vinyl Marks: Ideal Doll/CS17 (on the head); Ideal Doll/P17/o (on the back) Height: 17 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Sculpted black curls with a widow’s peak/ brown sleep eyes with eyelashes, open mouth with molded tongue, painted red lips Clothes: Redressed Other: Several different head sculpts wereContinue reading “Saralee’s Sister”

Norah Wellings Nassau Souvenir Doll

Name: Nassau, Bahamas Souvenir South Islander Doll Made by and When: Norah Wellings/1930s Material: Stuffed velvet and velvet over a sculpted face, jointed neck Marks: Black cloth tag on back-right side of neck reads NASSAU; black cloth right foot tag reads MADE IN ENGLAND/BY/NORAH WELLINGS. Height: 14 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Short curly brown mohair wig/brown glassContinue reading “Norah Wellings Nassau Souvenir Doll”

Norah Wellings Dudu #119

Name: Dudu #119 South Islander Made by and When: Norah Wellings, 1930s Material: Stuffed velvet and velvet over a sculpted face, jointed neck Marks: MADE IN ENGLAND/BY/NORAH WELLINGS (on partial black cloth tag sewn to left foot) Height: 14 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black short, curly mohair wig (some hair is missing from crown, covered by aContinue reading “Norah Wellings Dudu #119”

Norah Wellings South Islander Girl

Name: South Islander Girl Made by and When: Norah Wellings, 1940s Material: Velvet and velvet over a sculpted face, jointed neck Marks: MADE IN ENGLAND/BY/NORAH WELLINGS (on black cloth tag sewn to left foot) Height: 13-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black mohair wig styled in an upswept bun may not be the original hairstyle/brown painted eyes side-glanceContinue reading “Norah Wellings South Islander Girl”

Norah Wellings ZuZu South Islander

Name: ZuZu South Islander Doll Made by and When: Norah Wellings/1929 Material: Stuffed velvet and velvet over sculpted face, jointed neck Marks: Right black cloth foot tag reads MADE IN ENGLAND/BY/NORAH WELLINGS. Height: 11 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Short brown curly mohair wig/brown glass eyes that glance to the doll’s right, painted upper eyelashes, eyes are linedContinue reading “Norah Wellings ZuZu South Islander”

MarFan Bonnie Lou

Photographs courtesy of Karen Kilburn Name: MarFan Bonnie Lou Made by and When: Terri Lee, late-1950s Material: Hard Plastic Marks: Terri Lee Height: 16 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black wig/basic painted facial features are not as elaborate as earlier Terri Lee dolls/closed mouth painted red Clothes: All original in a light blue cotton-print dress that ties inContinue reading “MarFan Bonnie Lou”

Benji

Photographs courtesy of Karen Kilburn Name: Benji Made by and When: Terri Lee, 1950s Material: Hard plastic Marks: Terri Lee Patent Pending Height: 16 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black fur wig/painted facial features/closed mouth with painted red lips Clothes: White button-down shirt with pointed collar, red suspender pants, white socks, black shoes; Benji is missing his redContinue reading “Benji”

Bonnie Lou, Benji, and So-Sleepy

Photographs courtesy of Karen Kilburn Name: Bonnie Lou and Benji with Reproduction So-Sleepy Made by and When: Terri Lee, 1950s and circa 1990s Material: Hard plastic (Bonnie Lou and Benji); vinyl and cloth (So-Sleepy) Marks: Terri Lee Patent Pending (Bonnie Lou and Benji) Height: Bonnie Lou and Benji are 16 inches tall; So Sleepy isContinue reading “Bonnie Lou, Benji, and So-Sleepy”

Cosmopolitan Ginger

Photographs courtesy of Karen Kilburn Name: Ginger Made by and When: Cosmopolitan, 1950s Material: Hard plastic Marks: Unmarked Height: 8 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black wig styled in a short flip with bangs/amber-colored sleep eyes/closed mouth with painted red lips Clothes: All original red plaid dress, red straw hat, white socks, red vinyl Mary-Jane-style shoes, red vinylContinue reading “Cosmopolitan Ginger”