Peggy Pen-Pal

Name: Peggy Pen-Pal

Made by and When: Horsman Dolls, Inc., 1970

Material: (Face) Soft vinyl; (body, arms, and legs) rigid plastic, jointed at the elbows and waist

Marks: (Head) 25/HORSMAN DOLLS, INC./19©70; (upper back) HORSMAN/DOLLS/INC./© (Box) Style No. 7001

Height: 18 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Dark brown saran rooted hair is styled in two side pigtails with straight bangs; brown painted eyes have painted upper eyelashes; closed smiling mouth with painted light red lips

Clothes: A red long-sleeved cotton dress has a white collar and white trim at the sleeves. A blue satin ribbon neck tie matches Peggy’s blue satin hair ribbons. The doll wears white nylon panties, white nylon socks, and white vinyl Mary-Jane-style shoes

Other: Without the need of batteries, but with a special Bic ink pen, Peggy Pen-Pal can write what a child (seated on the opposite side of Peggy’s yellow desk) writes. The child guides Peggy to write without touching the doll. With the yellow desk placed on a flat surface and with Peggy underneath it on one end, a child sits on the opposite end. Two blue Bic pens — one has a plastic guide that locks into the holder on Peggy’s side of the desk — and an instruction sheet are included. A mail-in form is attached to the instruction sheet that would be used to order three extra Bic pens (blue, green, and red) for $1 (if writing in color was desired).

Black Peggy Pen-Pal shared the box used for the White version. To indicate the box contains a Black doll, the word, BLACK, in bold, uppercase letters is in the upper left-hand corner of the doll’s box.


Peggy Pen-Pal’s box graphics feature a White doll. In bold, uppercase letters, BLACK, is in the upper left corner to indicate the box contains a Black doll.


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Published by DeeBeeGee

Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

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