Cosmopolitan Ginger

Photographs courtesy of Karen Kilburn Name: Ginger Made by and When: Cosmopolitan, 1950s Material: Hard plastic Marks: Unmarked Height: 8 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black wig styled in a short flip with bangs/amber-colored sleep eyes/closed mouth with painted red lips Clothes: All original red plaid dress, red straw hat, white socks, red vinyl Mary-Jane-style shoes, red vinylContinue reading “Cosmopolitan Ginger”

Toto (Little Brown Koko-type)

Name: Toto (Little Brown Koko-type) Made by and When: Handcraft Dolls, circa 1940s Material: Cloth Marks: Paper tag attached to right foot reads: Toto and Bum (Bum was probably his cloth dog) Height: 16 inches Hair/Face: Loops of black yarn, embroidered facial features with red circle mouth Clothes: Wears blue gingham shirt, blue short suspenderContinue reading “Toto (Little Brown Koko-type)”

Amosandra by Sun Rubber

Name: Amosandra Made by and When: The Sun Rubber Company, 1949 Material: Rubber Marks: ©Amosandra, Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc. (on head); Designed by Ruth E. Newton/Manufactured by The Sun Rubber Company/Barberton, OH USA [indiscernible patent numbers] (on back) Height: 10 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black sculpted/inset brown stationary eyes/drinker mouth Clothes: Original one-piece wrap-around romper Other: AmosandraContinue reading “Amosandra by Sun Rubber”

Tiny Tears Lookalike

Name: Tiny Tears Lookalike from England Made by and When: Unknown maker,1950s Material: Hard plastic Marks: Unmarked Height: 12 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black Astrakhan wig/amber sleep eyes/closed mouth Clothes: Redressed in pink knit dress, bonnet, and pants with enclosed feet

Rosebud Baby

Name: Baby Doll Made by and When: Rosebud, mid-1950s Material: Hard plastic Marks: Rosebud Made in England (on neck) Height: 11 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Sculpted black hair combed to the doll’s right side/amber sleep eyes with brown specks/red closed mouth Clothes: Original floral-print cotton dress with matching panties, Cinderella-marked blue vinyl Mary-Jane-style shoes

Martha Chase Stockinette Boy

Name: Martha Chase Boy Made by and When: Martha Chase, circa 1940s-1950s Material: Stockinette (stuffed vinyl type material for body arms and legs; head uses stockinette over a mold). Marks: None; these dolls had paper labels on their bodies which usually fall off. Height: 14 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Painted black hair/painted brown eyes/closed mouth Clothes: RedressedContinue reading “Martha Chase Stockinette Boy”

Walking African Girl

Name: Walking African Girl Made by and When: Pedigree, 1950s Material: Hard plastic Marks: Pedigree (on the neck) Height: 16 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black astrakhan wig/brown flirty eyes/red painted lips with two inserted upper teeth Clothes: Period-appropriate red circle-print dress, red Cinderella-marked sandals, gold-tone hoop earrings Other: During the 1950s and prior, Pedigree used very deepContinue reading “Walking African Girl”

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”