Name: Two Roddy Fashion Dolls
Made by and When: Roddy, 1960s
Material: Soft and rigid vinyl (face and arms are soft; body is rigid).
Marks: Roddy (on the back of the head)
Height: 24 inches
Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Black bubble cut hair, amber sleep eyes with upper eyelashes attached to eyelids, closed mouth
Clothes: Doll #1 wears a metallic gold-on-off-white (brocade) dress, which appears to be all original including the slip, panties, and gold shoes. Doll #2 wears a custom-made aqua dress that includes a versatile elaborate tiered drawstring tulle with ruffled hemline that can be worn as a wrap or an overskirt. A matching aqua straw hat and shoes, all designed and made by Frantz Brent-Harris of Sonadolls, completes Doll #2’s look.
Other: D. G. Todd and Company began making dolls marked “Roddy” in 1934. The name Roddy uses letters from the owners’ names, Daniel G. Todd and Jack Robinson. Their first dolls were composition. They began making hard plastic dolls in 1948. In the late 1950s, the D. G. Todd company began making vinyl dolls. The company was sold in the mid-1960s when dolls marked “Roddy” were sold under the name Bluebell. It is possible that these lovely ebony-complexioned beauties are Bluebell dolls.
According to Susan Brewer’s book, British Dolls of the 1960s (Remember When, 2009) “Famed in the 1950s for its comprehensive range of Roddy dolls, it continued well into the 1960s before changing its name in 1969… They came with a variety of rooted hair styles, and some featured jointed waists and painted nails. Roddy teens wore a selection of in-vogue styles, with plenty of full skirts, duster coats and posh evening gowns; the early 1960s’ dolls had names such as Kym and Cindy, and, as with most of the various manufacturers’ ranges, included a beautiful Bride doll dressed in white satin with a net veil.”
Doll #1 (Photos courtesy of Frantz Brent-Harris)
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