Sister and Brother by Patti Hale

Photographs courtesy of Anita M. Ormsby Name: Sister and Brother by Patti Hale Made by and When: Patti Hale, 1985 Material: Wood, stuffed doe suede bodies Marks: The girl’s neck is marked: Patti Hale/NIADA/85. The boy’s neck is also marked Patti Hale/NIADA. The year below NIADA on the boy’s neck is difficult to read; itContinue reading “Sister and Brother by Patti Hale”

Wooden Girl by Patti Hale

Name: Wooden Girl by Patti Hale Made by and When: Patti Hale, 1976 Material: Wood Marks: (Head) 123BBG-76/Patti Hale (the artist’s signature is inscribed in the wood). Height: 14 inches Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Black curly wig, brown carved eyes, open smiling mouth with two upper and two lower teeth and a carved tongue Clothes: RedContinue reading “Wooden Girl by Patti Hale”

Antique Sock Doll

Name: Sock Doll Made by and When: Unknown, pre-1940s Material: Black cotton sock, stuffing, embroidery thread Marks: None Height: 13 inches Hair, Eyes, Mouth: No hair; white embroidery thread creates almond-shaped eyes; two dots of red embroidery thread create the nose, and red embroidery thread forms the outline of an open mouth. Clothes: Black cottonContinue reading “Antique Sock Doll”

Boudoir Souvenir Doll Miss Haiti

Name: Boudoir Souvenir Doll Miss Haiti Made by and When: Unknown, ca 1940s Material: Heavy celluloid head and breast plate; straw-stuffed body, arms, and legs with a mature bosom Marks: Unmarked Height: 30 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Sculpted black hair/painted black irises with a brown dot that highlights each pupil/closed red lips Clothes: Sewn-on island-style, full-length yellow/gold/green/orange-printContinue reading “Boudoir Souvenir Doll Miss Haiti”

Jitterbug Lou

Name: Jitterbug Lou Made by and When: Blossom Doll Company, circa 1930s Material: Cloth, yarn Marks: The front of the original tag reads, “This doll combines artistic styling and finest workmanship. A Blossom Doll Creation.” The back of the tag reads, “My Name Is Jitterbug Lou.” (Jitterbug Lou is stamped diagonally underneath “My Name Is”)Continue reading “Jitterbug Lou”

Unknown OOAK Girl by Robert Zacher

Name: Unknown OOAK Girl by Robert Zacher Made by and When: Robert Zacher, ca. 1990s Material: Stiffened and painted cloth with teddy-bear-jointed arms and legs Marks: ROBERT ZACHER (written across the stomach) Height: 14 inches Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Yarn braids accented with red and yellow ribbons frame the face. The back of the hair is sculpted from overlapped flat discs ofContinue reading “Unknown OOAK Girl by Robert Zacher”

Jason by Robert Zacher

Name: Jason, an OOAK doll by Robert Zacher Made by and When: Robert Zacher, July 1990 Material: Stiffened and painted brown cloth with teddy-bear-jointed arms and legs Marks: ROBERT/ZACHER/JULY/1990 (written on the stomach) Height: 15 inches Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Black hair is sculpted from flat overlapped discs of polymer clay. Brown painted eyes, painted facial features, and variation in skin toneContinue reading “Jason by Robert Zacher”

18-Inch Dolls by Alexander Dolls

Name: 18-inch Dolls by Alexander Dolls Made by and When: 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015, and 2019 Material: Vinyl heads, upper torsos, arms, and legs. The rest of the body is cloth. Marks on Each: Mia Bella—(Head) Alexander Doll Company/©2004; Alexander Doll Company (on body tag) [a copyright year of 2007 was on the doll’sContinue reading “18-Inch Dolls by Alexander Dolls”

Pedigree Head-Turning Walker

Photographs courtesy of Betty Ativie Name: Unknown (looks similar to Pedigree’s Mandy Lou) Made by and When: Pedigree, 1950s Material:  Hard Plastic (cellulose acetate) Marks: Neck is marked Pedigree England.              Back is marked Made in England.              Voice Box in back is marked 20 T. Height: 20 inches tall Hair/Eyes/Mouth:  Black short astrakhan wigContinue reading “Pedigree Head-Turning Walker”

Mandy Lou

Photographs courtesy of Betty Ativie Name:  Mandy Lou Made by and When: Pedigree, 1955 Material: Hard Plastic (cellulose acetate) Marks: Neck is marked Pedigree England.              Back is marked Made in England.              Voice box in the back is marked 20 T. Height: 22 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black short astrakhan wig/flirty sleep eyes with attached eyelashes/slightlyContinue reading “Mandy Lou”