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Ideal’s Baby Mine doll has unusual painted side-glancing sleep eyes.

11″ Baby Mine is part of the line of inexpensive hard plastic “dress me” dolls produced by Ideal Toy Corp. in the early 1950s. Ideal had previously used the Baby Mine name for a composition doll. Baby Mine has no specified gender, so she could be dressed as either a boy or girl.

Baby Mine is constructed more like a toddler doll than a baby.

Body Construction
Baby Mine is 11″ tall, all hard plastic, with molded light brown hair, painted blue side-glancing sleep eyes, and jointed (strung) shoulders and hips. Despite the name, Baby Mine’s straight legs and flat feet classify her as more of toddler than a baby doll. Her right arm is bent.

Baby Mine’s bent right arm is reminiscent of composition dolls made 20 years earlier.

Markings
Baby Mine is embossed IDEAL DOLL on his back.

Clothing
Baby Mine was sold wearing only a diaper held on with a safety pin. The craft company Bucilla sold “thrift kits” which included all the materials to make outfits for Baby Mine. For this reason, he is also sometimes called the Thrift Kit Doll. You can see photos of the dolls in finished outfits here.

Ad from Fall/Winter 1952-53 issue of McCall’s Needlework magazine. Click on the photo to see a full size version.

Packaging
Baby Mine was sold in a box with a clear cellophane window.



Learn More:

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Collector’s Guide to
Ideal Dolls, 3rd ed.
by Judith Izen
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Dolls & Accessories of the 1950s
by Dian Zillner
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Hard Plastic Dolls
by Polly and Pam Judd
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Copyright 2015 by Zendelle Bouchard

Aug 292015
 
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Scan from 1959 Sears Christmas Book, courtesy of WishbookWeb..

Revlon Deb Doll in one of the extra boxed outfits that were available. This gown was also sold in an aqua version.

Toward the end of production the 15″, 18″ and 20″ Revlon Dolls by Ideal were also sold in a black and white lace-print teddy with black satin ribbon straps. These are called “Deb” dolls. An 18″ doll was sold in a very rare lavender gingham two piece swimsuit. Evening gowns and day dresses were sold separately to dress them in. The gowns are very rare. Some of these extra boxed outfits have the Revlon banner tag on the front of the dress like the dressed dolls, but not all.

Floral print gown sold as an extra boxed outfit for Ideal’s Revlon Doll. It came in blue or multicolor versions as well as the orange.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller lovethatscooba!

  • Pale pink taffeta and tulle with lace overlay on bodice. There is a matching Little Miss Revlon outfit.
  • Pink or aqua jacquard taffeta with one shoulder strap; pink tulle flounce on shoulder with pink flowers. See photo above.
  • Strapless dress with black velvet bodice, brocade skirt in pale pink or blue, with large self bow at waist; pearl jewelry.
  • Large scale floral print in blue, orange or multicolor print, with tulle shoulder straps, bodice overlay and drapery at waist. See photo above.
  • Gown with satin bodice in emerald green or ruby red, with white nylon taffeta skirt. May be strapless or have thin spaghetti straps.
  • 7R2 – Cotton print dress with cowl neckline, waistband and sleeve bands in solid color trim. Available in several color combinations.
  • Taffeta dress in various pastel colors with white and gold swirl print, dropped waist with waistband, sleeve bands.
  • Nylon dress with scattered print of pale red hearts. Lace trim at neckline and armholes. Black ribbon at waist. See photo below.
  • Halter top dress with black velvet bodice and brightly colored cotton print skirt, usually red or blue with black and gold print. The red version matches a Little Miss Revlon outfit.
  • Nylon dresses in various prints with short sleeves, down the front of the bodice there is a strip of black velvet ribbon accented with rhinestones and trimmed on either side with white lace.
  • Mustard yellow cotton print blouse and skirt with black and white rickrack edging on blouse.
  • Aqua faille coat with white collar and cuffs. Little Miss Revlon has a matching coat.

    Extra boxed outfit for Ideal’s Revlon Doll.

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    Learn More:

    cover
    Collector’s Guide to
    Ideal Dolls, 3rd ed.
    by Judith Izen
    Find it on eBay.

    Revlon Dolls &
    Their Lookalikes
    by Kathy Barna
    Find it on eBay
    cover
    Dolls & Accessories of the 1950s
    by Dian Zillner
    Find it on eBay.

    Copyright 2015 by Zendelle Bouchard

  • Aug 282015
     
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    In addition to the three regular lines of Ideal’s Revlon DollsKissing Pink, Cherries a la Mode, and Queen of Diamonds – there were also outfits that were only available on special dolls.

    Snow Peach Bride is a long sleeved lace bridal gown; tulle veil with lace trim and crown of orange blossoms; bouquet with trailing white streamers; drop pearl earrings and necklace; solitaire ring; white shoes.

    Bendable leg dolls wear an outfit known as Fifth Avenue, consisting of print pants, sleeveless knit bodyblouse and cotton fleece coat. It was made in several color combinations. A few rare dolls have been found in a pink or blue paisley print cotton dress. Scan from the 1958 Sears Christmas Book, courtesy of Wishbook Web.

    Walking Revlon Dolls were sold in exclusive outfits. See the Walking Dolls page for more info.

    Happi-Time Revlon dolls have a small Ideal tag sewn inside the dress rather than the banner tag on the outside. These were sold in the Sears catalog under their Happi-Time label. Learn more on the Happi-Time Revlon Dolls page.

    Revlon Glamour Dolls were sold in various evening gowns, in 22″ and (rarest of the rare) 25″ sizes only:

    • Yellow or blue tulle gown with wide black scalloped lace trim on bodice, hem and matching stole; rhinestone jewelry; black elastic strap heels.
    • Navy nylon organza with white lace trim; full attached petticoat of navy netting over a a navy satin taffeta petticoat with organza trim at the bottom; black velvet ribbon choker decorated with rhinestones; rhinestone teardrop earrings; black high heels with black elastic studded with a single metal ornament.
    • Pink tiered lace strapless gown with blue ribbon tie across bodice; pearl jewelry.

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      Learn More:

      cover
      Collector’s Guide to
      Ideal Dolls, 3rd ed.
      by Judith Izen
      Find it on eBay.

      Revlon Dolls &
      Their Lookalikes
      by Kathy Barna
      Find it on eBay
      cover
      Dolls & Accessories of the 1950s
      by Dian Zillner
      Find it on eBay.

      Copyright 2015 by Zendelle Bouchard

    Aug 272015
     
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    Ideal Revlon Dolls dressed in Queen of Diamonds outfits. At left, lace and tulle; right, velveteen bodice and taffeta skirt with gold metallic threads.

    Ideal’s highest priced line of Revlon dolls were dressed in outfits called Queen of Diamonds. These featured more expensive fabrics, such as taffeta, velveteen and lace, often accompanied by a real fur stole; rhinestone earrings, necklace and solitaire ring. Shoes were usually black but sometimes matched the color of the dress.

    This Queen of Diamonds ensemble had a velveteen coat, and a scarf of the same gold lame as the dress bodice. A variation had a red coat.

    • Pale pink tulle and white lace dress with tiered skirt. See photo at top.
    • Red velveteen bodice with short sleeves; white taffeta skirt with horizontal and vertical gold threads; fur stole. See photo at top.
    • Sleeveless dress with gold metallic bodice, red cotton full skirt with black and gold print; red or black velvet coat; long gold scarf to match bodice fabric. See photo above.
    • Aqua, blue, green, red, pink or yellow brocade taffeta with net yoke, sleeves and sash; fur stole. See photo below.
    • Red, blue, teal or green velveteen dress with short sleeves, pink taffeta sash that ties into a bow in the back; rabbit fur stole. See photo at bottom.
    • Polished cotton dress in pink or red with white squared collar, plastic pin on bodice.

    Taffeta brocade Queen of Diamonds dress came in several color variations.

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    Learn More:

    cover
    Collector’s Guide to
    Ideal Dolls, 3rd ed.
    by Judith Izen
    Find it on eBay.

    Revlon Dolls &
    Their Lookalikes
    by Kathy Barna
    Find it on eBay
    cover
    Dolls & Accessories of the 1950s
    by Dian Zillner
    Find it on eBay.

    Copyright 2015 by Zendelle Bouchard

    Aug 252015
     
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    This version of Cherries a la Mode is not as common as some of the others. Gold shoes are not original.

    Of the three major series of outfits worn by Ideal’s Revlon Doll, “Cherries a la Mode” was the medium priced offering. It is usually a nylon or taffeta dress; straw hat trimmed with flowers; drop pearl earrings and necklace. The 15″ dolls did not come with the hat, but had a gold elastic headband instead.

    The classic Cherries a la Mode ensemble.
    Photo courtesy of Wishbook Web.

    • Light blue, navy blue, pink or yellow nylon covered with flocked red cherries, with tulle yoke and puffed sleeves. See photo above.
    • Nylon allover floral print with short puffed sleeves, shirred front of bodice. See photo below.
    • Pale pink, blue or aqua taffeta dress with nylon eyelet overlay. See photo at top.
    • Short sleeved white with red dotted swiss, solid red yoke and waistband. A rarer version is all dotted swiss, without the solid red fabric. See photo at bottom.
    • Navy taffeta dress with low rounded neckline; white organdy modesty panel across bustline, pink rose and velvet ribbon at waist. There is also a rare green version.
    • Navy blue nylon with white printed floral bouquets. Rare.
    • Nylon dress with flocked butterflies, in navy and white or pink and pale blue.
    • Pale pink nylon dress with green and white flocked leaves. Rare.

    Nylon floral print version of Cherries a la Mode.
    Photo courtesy of American Beauty Dolls Shop.

    One of the less common versions of Cherries a la Mode.
    Photo courtesy of Melody Stackhouse.

    See also:



    Learn More:

    cover
    Collector’s Guide to
    Ideal Dolls, 3rd ed.
    by Judith Izen
    Find it on eBay.

    Revlon Dolls &
    Their Lookalikes
    by Kathy Barna
    Find it on eBay
    cover
    Dolls & Accessories of the 1950s
    by Dian Zillner
    Find it on eBay.

    Copyright 2015 by Zendelle Bouchard