African Baby

Name: African Baby Made by and When: Pedigree, 1950s Material: Hard plastic (cellulose acetate) Marks: Pedigree (on the neck) Height: 16 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black astrakhan wig/brown eyes/red painted open lips with two inserted upper teeth Clothes: Redressed as shown, has original gold-tone hoop earrings Other: The doll’s flirty eyes are now stationary. During the 1950sContinue reading “African Baby”

Sleepy Baby

Name: Sleepy Baby Made by and When: Shackman, late 1950s to early-1960s Material: Stuffed stocking face and hands; cloth body, arms, and legs Marks: Unmarked Height: 6-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Dark brown bangs (a red cap covers the rest of the head)/stitched closed eyes and stitched mouth with a red circle painted over the stitching. Clothes:Continue reading “Sleepy Baby”

Darling Debbie

Name: Darling Debbie Made by and When: Deluxe Reading, ca. 1958 Material: Stuffed vinyl Marks: 101 (on upper back) Height: 30 inches Hair/Eyes: Black rooted bubble cut, brown sleep eyes Clothes: Redressed in custom-made dress, shoes, and jewelry Other: Sold in grocery stores during the 1950s and 1960s, “some were dressed as bridesmaids in blue,Continue reading “Darling Debbie”

Maybelle the Walking Doll

Name: Maybelle the Walking Doll Made by and When: Advance Dolls and Toys, 1954-1955 Material: Hard Plastic Marks: Unmarked Height: 18 inches Hair/Eyes: Black wig, brown sleep eyes Clothes: All original yellow Dotted Swiss dress and matching bonnet, white panties, white socks, and permanently-placed shoes that have rollers underneath Other: Maybelle, a wind-up walking doll,Continue reading “Maybelle the Walking Doll”

Jackie Ormes’ 1947 Patty-Jo

Name: Patty-Jo Made By/Year: Terri Lee Doll Co., 1947 Designed by: Jackie Ormes Material: Composition-type hard plastic Marks: Terri Lee Patent Pending (on doll’s back) Height: 16 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black mannequin wig, painted black eyes, closed mouth with red lip color Clothing: Wears original, tagged Terri Lee red and white check sundress with matching largerContinue reading “Jackie Ormes’ 1947 Patty-Jo”