1950s and 1960s Squeak Toy Dolls

Name: 1950s and 1960s Squeak Toy Dolls

Made by and When: The Edward Mobley Corp./Arrow Manufacturing & Plastic Corp. (1962), CPC (circa 1950s), and Holland Hall Products, Inc. (1964)

Material: Vinyl and Plastic

Marks:

  • Mobley/Arrow Boy: 16 (within a square on the head); THE EDWARD MOBLEY CO. 1962 / 11 within a square / Made by / ©THE ARROW MFG & PLASTIC CORP. (on the upper back)
  • Mobley/Arrow Girl: 7 / © THE EDWARD MOBLEY CO. / 1962 (on the head) / MADE BY / THE ARROW MFG & PLASTIC CORP. (on the upper back)
  • CPC Doll: NO H227 / CPC (on the bottom of the right foot); MADE IN / HONG KONG (on the bottom of the left foot)
  • Holland Hall: HOLLAND HALL PROD. INC. / 19 © 64

Height: 8-1/2, 8-1/4, 8, and 8 inches, respectively (group picture)

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: The Mobley/Arrow dolls have sculpted black straight hair; the girl has a sculpted bow on each side of the head. Their eyes are painted and their mouths are closed. The CPC doll has sculpted wavy curls, black painted side-glancing eyes and an open/closed mouth with one painted lower tooth. The Holland Hall doll has sculpted black hair, blue painted eyes, and a closed pouty mouth.

Clothes: The Mobley/Arrow dolls have molded-on white clothes, socks, and shoes. The boy holds a sculpted frog behind his back; the girl holds a sculpted bear. The CPC doll has gold-tone hoop earrings, a molded-on white short-sleeved shirt, red suspender pants, white socks, and yellow shoes. The Holland Hall doll has molded-on white undies and holds a sculpted bouquet of white flowers, one with a blue center.

Other: All dolls (except the Mobley/Arrow girl) have working squeakers that make a squeaking sound when their bodies are pressed. The Mobley/Arrow dolls’ squeakers are marked Made in Germany.

Gallery (The photograph of the Holland Hall doll is courtesy of Karen Kilburn.)

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Published by DeeBeeGee

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