1950s Head-Turning Walker

Name: 1950s Head-Turning Walker

Made by and When: Unknown maker, 1950s

Material: Soft vinyl face, hard plastic body with pin-jointed legs and a ma-ma crier

Marks: M/20

Height: 22-1/2 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: The auburn saran wig is styled in two side plaits with bangs. The eyes are brown sleep eyes with black bristle upper eyelashes and painted black lower eyelashes. The mouth is closed. Maintains the original facial color and blushing.

Clothes: The period-appropriate periwinkle dress has a lavender and white gingham collar. The lower bodice and attached overskirt are also lavender and white gingham. The white socks and shoes are replacements.

Other: The current wig might be a replacement of the original, which might have been a black or brown banged ponytail. The doll’s head turns from side-to-side when the legs are moved back and forth. There is a grill on the stomach and a working ma-ma crier within. The doll’s mature face is similar to the head sculpt used for Belle Doll and Toy Corporation’s Marjorie and Margie. Belle Doll and Toy Corporation was later acquired by Effanbee.

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