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Dee an Cee Doll in Black Cocktail Dress

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Mar 242016
 
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This doll has not been identified, but she is most likely Cindy made by Dee and Cee in the early sixties, as she closely resembles their other Cindy dolls. She is also virtually identical to Royal’s Lilo doll.

Body Construction
This pretty lady is 17″ tall, all vinyl and jointed at the neck, shoulders, waist and hips. She has sleep eyes with brush lashes, pierced ears and red painted finger- and toenails. Her rooted blonde hair is styled in a short bubblecut.

Markings
She is marked “D & C” on the back of her head below the hairline.

Clothing
This doll wears a black satin cocktail dress with a black knit and silver lurex bodice and a black net overskirt. The dress is fastened with two black buttons in the back. Pinned to her head is a small circle hat of the same material as the bodice trimmed in the black net. She’s also wearing black satin panties, sheer beige nylon hose and black plastic ankle strap shoes.



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Sweet Sue Teenage Doll by Dee an Cee

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Mar 222016
 
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When I bought the doll pictured above, I thought she was a very unusual Sweet Sue Sophisticate by American Character. Her pale strawberry blonde hair and arched eyebrows were different than any other I had seen. Her outfit didn’t look original – the quality certainly isn’t up to American Character’s usual standards. It wasn’t until I saw one mint in box on eBay that I found out who she really is – the Sweet Sue Teen Age Doll by Dee an Cee, and her outfit is her original one.



Body Construction
This doll is identical to the 20″ Sweet Sue Sophisticate in every way. It is my belief that she was in fact made by American Character, with slight differences in hair color and eyebrow paint to differentiate her from their own dolls, and sold nude to Dee and Cee. It is also possible that she was made by Dee and Cee from A.C. molds, but the quality and color of the vinyl, the way the lips are painted, the texture of the hair and her very presence say American Character to me.

She is jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips, and has a strung waist joint. Her finger- and toenails are painted red to match her lips. She has pierced ears with pearl drop earrings. Her blue sleep eyes have painted lashes underneath, and gray eyeshadow above.



Markings
This doll is unmarked, although there is a circle on her lower back where the American Character logo would have been.

Clothing
Sweet Sue Teen Age Doll’s clothing was certainly not made by American Character. Her original dress is black velveteen with silver braid trim, with a pink satin underskirt topped with silver-threaded nylon. She has a pink fabric flower attached at the waist and her shoes are trimmed with flowers also. She also wears black taffeta panties. She may have had a ribbon around her waist originally. The dress closes in the back with two large white buttons.



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Pink Haired Sayco Doll

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Mar 182016
 
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Dolls with pastel hair colors, especially pink, were popular in the late 1950s. Schoen & Yondorf, under the trade name Sayco, jumped on the trend with this pretty toddler.


Body Construction
She is 15″ tall, with a soft vinyl head and arms on a blow molded vinyl torso and legs. She is jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips. She has rooted pink hair in curls, with a circlet braid on top and bangs. Her blue sleep eyes have brush lashes and painted lashes below. She has single stroke painted brown eyebrows and orange-red lips.


Markings
She is marked “&#169: SAYCO DOLL CORP.” on the back of her head.

Clothing
This doll wears a pink satin strapless gown with attached stole and overskirt of nylon with a satiny floral design. She has bouquets of pink flowers at the hem of the overskirt, at the bodice, and in her hair. Underneath, she wears a crinoline with a narrow strip of vinyl stitched to the hem, nylon panty, rayon socks and white vinyl Mary Jane shoes.






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Abigail Adams Doll by Diana Lence Crosby (1978)

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Mar 112016
 
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Abigail Adams is 17.5″ tall, with a porcelain shoulder head, arms and legs on a cloth body. Her head was made by artist Diana Lence Crosby as the souvenir for the United Federation of Doll Clubs’ convention, held in Boston in 1978. The design of the doll’s head was modeled after the earliest known portrait of Abigail Adams, painted at the time of her marriage to John Adams in 1764.

As was customary in the earlier days of UFDC, convention attendees received the head of the doll only, and had to purchase the limbs and make the body and clothes themselves, or have it finished by a third party. This example of Abigail is especially well dressed. She wears a two piece dress made with antique fabric, lace and tiny buttons. Underneath she has a cotton chemise, corset, bust pads to give her a little shape, cotton petticoat and wool petticoat. This doll received two red ribbons for her costuming in 1979, but unfortunately, the name of the seamstress was not recorded.









Convention attendees also received the souvenir journal, which includes a paper doll of Abigail by Pat Stall.





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Mar 082016
 
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Dee an Cee’s 17″ Cindy was sold in the late 1950s in a variety of outfits, including a bridal gown.

Dee an Cee was a Canadian doll manufacturer from 1938 to 1964. The name was derived from the first letters of the last names of the two founders, Max Diamond and Morris Cone. The company motto was “Quality above all”.

This all original doll was received as a Christmas gift in 1939. She is 19 1/2″ tall, full composition with sleep eyes, open mouth with two teeth, Jointed at neck, shoulders and hips.

Through the 1940s, the company made composition dolls, mostly babies, including Snuggles, Sweetums and Little Darling. They briefly experimented with rubber dolls before switching over to vinyl beginning in 1949.

Many of the their products were licensed from U.S. companies and made from the original molds. They held the Canadian licenses to produce Mattel’s Chatty Cathy and Alexander’s Marybel. Sometimes the dolls names were changed; American Character’s Baby Dear was sold by Dee an Cee as Dream Baby, while Mattel’s Scooba-Doo became Kookie in Canada.
The company produced their own original dolls too. Mandy and Dusty, designed by Morris Cone, were black brother and sister dolls with realistic features and molded hair, first produced in 1956.

Dee an Cee was the first Canadian doll company to advertise on television. After the firm was sold to Mattel in 1962, manufacturing in Canada was gradually discontinued. The name was no longer used after 1964.

Dee an Cee dolls show a variety of markings, including D&C, Dee an Cee, Dee and Cee, and DEE & CEE.

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