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Nov 142014
 
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This very unusual doll representing an Inuit boy has a composition head and hands, with the rest of his body of cloth, jointed at the shoulders and hips. His manufacturer is unknown. He likely dates to the 1930s.

Unlike most ethnic dolls of the early 20th century, he is not made of a regular-line caucasian doll and painted to look like the race is meant to represent. His head is sculpted with ethnically correct features. He has painted brown eyes and black hair. See the back of his head here.

He wears an outfit of coarse cloth painted with colorful designs. The fur trim at his hem and cuffs is real. Underneath he wears a one-piece undergarment.



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Nov 072014
 
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10″ Jacqueline doll by Madame Alexander (1962). Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

See also: 21″ Jacqueline Doll by Madame Alexander

In 1962, a 10″ version of Jacqueline was introduced using the Cissette head and body. She has side-parted brunette hair in a shoulder-length flip, with a single spit curl on the forehead, brown eyes with pale blue eyeshadow and exaggerated painted lashes on each side. 10″ Jacqueline is the same doll as Margot, but with a different hairstyle. Extra outfits were available for her.

Later that year, Madame Alexander discontinued the Jacqueline line at the request of the White House.

#? – Slim silver brocade one-shoulder gown, pink satin sash with flaring side panels; pearl decorated purse; earrings. The 21″ Jacqueline has a matching outfit.

#865 – Blue slacks; matching sweater and hat; lined white leather jacket; elastic-strap heels. Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

#885 – Pink satin ballgown with square neckline, bow at waist; pearl decorated evening bag; earrings and necklace. Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls

#886 – Pale peach or lilac satin evening gown with sequined trim at neckline; long matching stole with fringed ends; pearl decorated purse; earrings; nylons and elastic-strap heels.

#887 – Gown with gold lame bodice and white jacquard full skirt; full-length evening cape of rose taffeta, lined with pink jacquard; pearl decorated evening bag.

#894 – Blue two piece suit has jacket with two large covered buttons, three-quarter sleeves, straight skirt; nylon blouse; purple flowered or matching blue pillbox hat; nylons and elastic-strap heels. Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

#895 – Yellow linen sheath dress; matching coat with three-quarter sleeves; yellow tulle pillbox hat; pearl drop earrings; elastic-strap heels. Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll. Click here for a photo of the dress.

Copyright 1999-2014 by Zendelle Bouchard.



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Collector’s Encyclopedia of
Madame Alexander Dolls 1948-1965
by Linda Crowsey
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Madame Alexander’s
Ladies of Fashion
by Marjorie Sturges Uhl
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Madame Alexander Dolls:
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Nov 052014
 
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See also: 10″ Jacqueline Doll by Madame Alexander

Madame Alexander’s 21″ Jacqueline doll was introduced in 1961. Although the Kennedy name was never used in connection with the doll, there can be little doubt that she was meant to represent the popular First Lady. Mrs. Kennedy’s wardrobe, designed by Oleg Cassini, set new standards of fashion for women around the world, and the doll version was equally glamorous. In 1962, a 10″ version was introduced using the Cissette head and body. Alexander also introduced a toddler doll named Caroline, after the Kennedy’s young daughter.

Photo courtesy of Withington Auction, Inc.

The 21″ Jacqueline was made in 1961-62, using the later Cissy body with the one-piece graceful arms and a vinyl head made from a new mold. She has side-parted brunette hair in a shoulder-length flip, with a single spit curl on the forehead, brown sleep eyes with pale blue eyeshadow and exaggerated painted lashes on each side. Extra outfits were available for her.

At least two trunk sets were sold in 1962 with Jacqueline dolls, one in the FAO Schwarz catalog under the name Judy, and another in the Marshall Field catalog under the name Jackie.

Later that year, Madame Alexander discontinued the Jacqueline line at the request of the White House. Beginning in 1965, Alexander began using the 21″ doll again for their series of Portrait dolls. They reintroduced Jacqueline for collectors in the 1990s.

1961

#2133 – Orange jersey blouse; beige vinyl jacket; green corduroy slacks and matching hat; soiltaire ring; green elastic-strap heels. Sold separately.

#2218 – Suit of brocade has short jacket with three-quarter sleeves, matching straight skirt; jeweled tricot blouse; tulle pillbox hat; purse.

21″ Jacqueline doll by Madame Alexander wears #2210, satin ball gown and matching evening coat.

#2210 – Ivory satin strapless princess-cut ball gown, trimmed with silver braid; matching coat; purse made out of pearls; pearl necklace and pearl-encrusted earrings; solitaire ring; full-length taffeta petticoat; taffeta panties; nylons and silver elastic-strap sandals. Click here to see the dress.

1962

Jacqueline’s Riding Habit from 1962. Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

#2117 – Riding costume of tan jacket with three brass buttons and shawl collar; white blouse; brown breeches; boots. Caroline had a matching outfit.

#2125. Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

#2125 – Slim brocade one-shoulder gown with flaring side panels of red satin; pearl necklace; earrings, ring and bracelet.

#2130 – Silver and white brocade full-skirted gown; matching jacket with elbow-length sleeves fastens with a jeweled clasp at the waistline; pearl necklace; earrings, ring and bracelet; taffeta panties and full-length petticoat.

#2140 – Full-skirted brocade ball gown; full-length satin evening coat; pearl purse; jewelry.

#22-15 – Suit with elbow-length sleeves, straight skirt, pillbox hat. Sold separately.

1963

Embassy Tea (Never officially released)- Pink sleeveless satin gown has a lace overbodice sprinkled with flocked flowers and rhinestones. The neckline and arm holes are outlined in pearls.

Embassy Tea was 21″ Jacqueline’s last ensemble. Photo courtesy of Withington Auction, Inc.

Copyright 1999-2014 by Zendelle Bouchard.



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Collector’s Encyclopedia of
Madame Alexander Dolls 1948-1965
by Linda Crowsey
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Madame Alexander’s
Ladies of Fashion
by Marjorie Sturges Uhl
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cover
Madame Alexander Dolls:
An American Legend
by Stephanie Finnegan
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Oct 272014
 
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The Marie Osmond Modeling Doll, made by Mattel in 1976, should more properly be called the Marie Osmond Sewing Doll. The doll, designed to teach little girls to sew and “share Marie Osmond’s favorite hobby!” came with patterns and instructions to make a whole wardrobe of clothes for Marie.

Body Construction
The doll, made in a likeness of singer Marie Osmond, stands a whopping 30″ tall. She is all vinyl, jointed at the shoulders, neck and waist. Her torso is molded to look like she is wearing panties and a bustier. She has rooted dark brown side parted hair, painted brown eyes, and a big toothy smile.

Markings
She is marked “© OSBRO PROD. 1976″ on the back of her head and the same with “U.S.A.” on her neck.

Clothing
Marie comes dressed in a long pink princess-seamed gown with empire waistline. The bodice is a glittery fabric and the lower sleeves are a sheer nylon tricot trimmed with silver soutache. See her white plastic mules here.
Included with the doll are four pattern sheets and two sheets of instructions to make a basic skirt, pants, top, dress and coat, with variations to make a whole wardrobe of clothes. See the pattern package here. Also included is a stand to hold the doll while you are fitting the clothes on her.

Packaging
Marie’s box has full color photos on the front and one side, and illustrations on the back and other side to sell the fashion sewing concept. She is described as being suitable for ages over 8.

Copyright 2014 by Zendelle Bouchard



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Shari Lewis was a popular children’s television star in the late fifties, and her popularity, along with that of her puppet, Lambchop, continues today, despite her untimely death in 1998. This is an unusual doll for Alexander in that it was made with an entirely new head mold, which was never re-used. She has the one-piece graceful arms used on the later Cissys. The doll came in six different outfits, all available in 14″ or 21″ sizes. Her wrist tag features a photo of Shari and Lambchop.

21″ Shari Lewis doll by Madame Alexander.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

#2430 (21″) / #1430 (14″) – Short, fully lined evening gown of gold lace trimmed with floral braid, with very full skirt; pendant corsage of pink roses hangs from pink crushed taffeta belt; golden bead necklace & matching bracelet; solitaire ring; pearl earrings; gold elastic-strap sandals. Click here to see the back of her dress. Click here to see a photo of the 14″ version.

14″ Shari Lewis by Madame Alexander in her original teal moire dress.

#2431/#1431 – Polished cotton moire shirtwaist dress in rose pink or teal green, three-quarter sleeves have cuffs with rhinestone “button”; gold chain belt with gold ball accents; natural straw hat trimmed with black ribbon and flowers; drop pearl earrings; elastic-strap sandals.

#2432/#1432 – Same style dress as #2431 in bright blue cotton; silver contour belt; solitaire ring; pearl earrings; natural straw hat trimmed with pink flowers; silver elastic-strap sandals.

21″ Shari Lewis doll. Her green satin skirt has faded to brown.

#2433/#1433 – Green skirt of heavy slipper satin; yellow rayon jersey sweater; yellow crinoline slip with nylon net ruffle; gold contour belt; green straw hat with bright pink flower trim; double-strand necklace of green beads; pearl earrings; solitaire ring; rhinestone watch pinned to skirt waist; green elastic-strap sandals.

#2440/#1440 – Dress of heavy slipper satin; matching, fully lined coat with ruffle at neckline, fastened with a single rose; evening bag; pearl jewelry; elastic-strap sandals.



Learn More:

cover
Madame Alexander’s
Ladies of Fashion
by Marjorie Sturges Uhl
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cover
Madame Alexander Dolls:
An American Legend
by Stephanie Finnegan
Find it on eBay.
cover
Madame Alexander 2010 Price Guide
by Linda Crowsey
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