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”

Pedigree Delite Negro Girl

Photographs courtesy of Betty Ativie Name: Delite Negro Girl Made by and When: Pedigree/1950s Material:  Hard Plastic (cellulose acetate) Marks: Neck is marked Pedigree England.              Back is marked Made in England.              Speaker in the back is marked 16 T. Height:  16 inches tall Hair/Eyes/Mouth:  Black short astrakhan wig/flirty sleep eyes with attached eyelashes/closedContinue reading “Pedigree Delite Negro Girl”

Cynthia

Name: Cynthia Made by and When: Madame Alexander, 1952 Material: Hard plastic Marks: 23-inch doll (marked with an A on the head); 18-inch doll (Alexander on head); 15-inch doll (unmarked) Height: 23, 18, and 15 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black wigs/brown sleep eyes with eyelashes,/closed mouths painted in variations of red and pink. Clothes: The dolls wereContinue reading “Cynthia”

Pedigree-Type Walkers

Name: Head-Turning Pedigree-Type Walkers Made by and When: Possibly made by Lines Brothers (Joy Toys Ltd), 1950s Material: Hard plastic (cellulose acetate) Marks: Made in NZ Height: 21-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black astrakhan wigs/dark gray flirty eyes (boy)*, brown flirty eyes (girl)/closed mouths with slightly exaggerated red-painted lips Clothes: Redressed in period-appropriate clothes and shoes Other:Continue reading “Pedigree-Type Walkers”

MarFan Bonnie Lou

Photographs courtesy of Karen Kilburn Name: MarFan Bonnie Lou Made by and When: Terri Lee, late-1950s Material: Hard Plastic Marks: Terri Lee Height: 16 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black wig/basic painted facial features are not as elaborate as earlier Terri Lee dolls/closed mouth painted red Clothes: All original in a light blue cotton-print dress that ties inContinue reading “MarFan Bonnie Lou”

Benji

Photographs courtesy of Karen Kilburn Name: Benji Made by and When: Terri Lee, 1950s Material: Hard plastic Marks: Terri Lee Patent Pending Height: 16 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black fur wig/painted facial features/closed mouth with painted red lips Clothes: White button-down shirt with pointed collar, red suspender pants, white socks, black shoes; Benji is missing his redContinue reading “Benji”

Bonnie Lou, Benji, and So-Sleepy

Photographs courtesy of Karen Kilburn Name: Bonnie Lou and Benji with Reproduction So-Sleepy Made by and When: Terri Lee, 1950s and circa 1990s Material: Hard plastic (Bonnie Lou and Benji); vinyl and cloth (So-Sleepy) Marks: Terri Lee Patent Pending (Bonnie Lou and Benji) Height: Bonnie Lou and Benji are 16 inches tall; So Sleepy isContinue reading “Bonnie Lou, Benji, and So-Sleepy”

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”

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

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”