Calypso Bill and Calypso Jill

Name: Calypso Bill and Calypso Jill Made by and When: Dee an Cee Company, circa 1960 Material: Soft vinyl heads, rigid vinyl bodies Marks: DEE CEE (on the heads) Height: 15 inches Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Calypso Bill has texturized, sculpted, and painted black hair. Calypso Jill’s texturized, painted black sculpted hair is styled in twoContinue reading “Calypso Bill and Calypso Jill”

Pete and Polly

Name: Pete and Polly Made by and When: Horsman, 1957 Material: Stuffed vinyl with jointed heads and one-piece vinyl bodies. Polly’s legs are wired for posing; Pete’s are not. Marks: No visible marks Height: 13 and 12 inches Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Pete has texturized sculpted and painted black hair. Polly’s texturized, sculpted black hair isContinue reading “Pete and Polly”

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 / MadeContinue reading “1950s and 1960s Squeak Toy Dolls”

Carol or Rita Walker

Name: Carol or Rita Made by and When: Paris Doll Corp, 1950s Material: Hard plastic Marks: This doll was issued with a hang tag that contained the company’s name and the doll’s name; the hang tag is missing. Height: 25 inches Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Black saran wig styled in two side braids with the originalContinue reading “Carol or Rita Walker”

Knee-Joint Head-Turning Walker

Name: Knee-Joint Head-Turning Walker Made by and When: (Attributed to) Rosebud, mid-1950s Material: Hard plastic Marks: Made in England (on the back) Height: 17 inches Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Replaced dark brown wig (original black hair is a thin, short left-side-parted black wig), blue-gray sleep eyes with molded lashes attached to eyelids, painted lower eyelashes; closedContinue reading “Knee-Joint Head-Turning Walker”

1950s Head-Turning Walker

Name: 1950s Head-Turning Walker Made by and When: Unknown maker, 1950s Material: Soft vinyl face, hard plastic body with pin-jointed legs and a ma-ma crier Marks: M/20 Height: 22-1/2 inches Hair, Eyes, Mouth: The auburn saran wig is styled in two side plaits with bangs. The eyes are brown sleep eyes with black bristle upperContinue reading “1950s Head-Turning Walker”

Roddy Walking Doll

Name: Walking Doll Made by and When: Roddy, 1950s Material: Hard plastic Marks: Roddy/Made in England (on the back) Height: 13 inches Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Black mohair wig styled in two braids with bangs (extra mohair has been added to each braid); amber sleep eyes have attached bristle eyelashes, smiling open mouth with two upperContinue reading “Roddy Walking Doll”

Pedigree Saucy Walker

Name: Saucy Walker Made by and When: Pedigree, circa 1955 Material: Hard plastic Marks: Pedigree (on the back of the neck), Pedigree / MADE IN / ENGLAND (on the upper back above the ma-ma voice box, which is marked 20T). Height: 20 inches Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Replaced brown acrylic wig, brown open-close, flirty eyes; openContinue reading “Pedigree Saucy Walker”

Saucy Walker Look-a-likes

Name: Saucy Walker Look-a-likes Made by and When: Unknown maker, circa 1950s Material: Hard plastic Marks: Unmarked Height: 22 inches each Hair, Eyes, Mouth: The doll in green has a black mohair wig styled in two side braids with bangs. The doll in light blue has a replaced short black straight human-hair wig underneath theContinue reading “Saucy Walker Look-a-likes”

Ikoku Fertility Dolls

(Photographs and information are courtesy of a museum benefactor.) Name:  Ikoku Fertility Dolls (Ngide) from the Turkana people of Northwestern Kenya Made by and When:  Regional handicraft for the tourist trade in Kenya; date unknown Material:  Unjointed carved wood figures with leather and bead work Marks:  None Height:  17- and 14 inches, respectively Hair, Eyes,Continue reading “Ikoku Fertility Dolls”