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Polly Ponds Dolls by Citro Manufacturing Co. Inc. (1950s)

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Feb 222016
 
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Citro Manufacturing was located in Brooklyn, New York. They made the 24″ stuffed vinyl Polly Pond’s Bride Doll and Polly Pond’s Beauty Doll, which were advertising tie-ins to Ponds Cold Cream.


Polly Ponds Bride Doll minus her veil.

Body Construction
Both dolls are 24″ tall, with a stuffed vinyl body and soft vinyl head. Their lovely creamy skin tone suits their role as an advertising doll for Pond’s Cold Cream. They are jointed only at the neck, with some type of rigid cylindrical (possibly metal) piece inside her neck which prevents her head from flopping over. They have blue sleep eyes with brush lashes. The Bride has three painted lashes above the outer corner of each eye. Her rooted blonde hair is style in a short curly bubble cut. Her fingernails are painted red, but her toenails are bare. This doll does not have earring holes. The Beauty Doll has painted lashes below her eyes, longer lemon-blonde hair pulled back from her face, unpainted fingernails and pierced ears.

Markings
These dolls are completely unmarked.

Clothing
The Bride wears a long sleeved bridal gown of white taffeta and net with silver threads running through it, trimmed with silver lace; a petticoat of a sort of stiff cheesecloth type fabric which ties at the back; white knit panties; and white plastic heels. On her head she wears a veil made from a circle of white net trimmed with white lace. She carries a bouquet of lilies-of-the-valley. Her dress is untagged, and is fastened at the back with safety pins – no snaps, buttons or other fasteners appear to have been used.

Polly Pond’s Beauty Doll wears a white blouse with short puffed sleeves and a lace trimmed rounded collar with a red bow, and a black and multicolor striped jumper. Underneath she wears a white taffeta slip and panties, and nylon stockings. She has black plastic heels and pearl drop earrings.

The Polly Ponds Beauty Doll has lovely lemon blonde hair.

Packaging
The Polly Pond’s Bride Doll comes packaged in a white corrugated cardboard box with red printing. She comes with a little booklet extolling her virtues. It has a price of $21.95, which seems like a high price for what is actually an inexpensively made doll. The box also advertises a Polly Pond’s Bridesmaid Doll, but whether this doll was actually made is unknown. See photo below.



Copyright 2000-2016 by Zendelle Bouchard

Twixie, the Twisting Pixie doll by Belle

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Feb 212016
 
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Twixie, the Twisting Pixie by Belle Doll and Toy Corp. dates to the late 1950s.

While almost certainly patterned after Uneeda’s successful Dollikin, Twixie remains a favorite of collectors (when they can find her) in her own right. Her lovely girlish face, contrasted with her very sexy grown-up outfit, embodies the period in fashion doll history as few other dolls do. Her wonderful packaging makes her even more desirable as a collectible and as part of mid-twentieth century design history.

Body Construction
Twixie is 20″ tall, with a hard plastic torso and legs, and soft vinyl head and arms. She is jointed at the neck, shoulders, elbows, waist, hips, knees and ankles. Raised dots around the bottom half of her waist joint allow better control when posing her. She is a strung doll.
Her blue sleep eyes have brush lashes, and there are eight painted lashes below each eye. Her medium blonde hair is pulled into a bun, with a spit curl over her right eye. Twixie has red lips, finger- and toenails.

Markings
She is marked “P-8” on the back of her neck.

Clothing
Twixie’s fabulous lounging outfit consists of black pants with two brass buttons at each ankle; a sheer leopard-print blouse that ties around the waist; black lace strapless bra; black elastic-strap heels; and pearl drop earrings. A black velvet bow accents her hairdo, and a black vinyl purse may have been included with her as well.

A Belle doll with the same face as Twixie was sold in a bridal gown, but she does not have the extra joints that Twixie has.

Packaging
Twixie’s original box is pictured above. Pink, white and black graphics cover the outer box, the inner liner and the frame of the cover. She’s described as “The new flexible wonder doll…she’s almost human!…Thrilling! Educational! Exciting!” and the liner further describes the fun a child can have with Twixie: “I do acrobatic and dance poses…Artists use me for sketching…I’m a swell model for sewing…You’ll love me! I’m loads of fun to play with!” The box most likely had some type of box or seat for her to sit on, which is missing from the photo.



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Kim-‘Teen (1957)

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Feb 172016
 
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The outfit pictured is for the 8.5″ Kim or Kim-‘Teen doll. She is the same doll as the Virga Hi-Heel ‘Teen. The outfit is stock number HC-102, named “Bridesmaid” and is part of the 100 series. The box end reads “EXCITING ‘TEEN FASHIONS” and “Manufactured by KIM DOLLS 47 West St., New York City”. The outfit includes a simple pink taffeta gown with white overprint, trimmed at the neckline and armholes with pink braid; pink open weave hat with flowers and ribbon; white nylon panties; pink high heel shoes.



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Penny Doll by Beehler Arts

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Feb 102016
 
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From her clothing boxes, we can tell that Beehler Arts’ Penny doll is 10.5″ tall. She is probably a Little Miss Revlon type doll, with high heel feet and a lady body. She may be similar or identical to the Beehler Arts doll pictured in “Glamour Dolls of the 1950s & 1960s” by Polly and Pam Judd. That doll has a rigid vinyl one-piece torso and legs, jointed only at the neck and shoulders, with a softer vinyl head and arms. She has short blonde hair, blue sleep eyes, and three slanted painted eyelashes at the outer corner of each eye. She is unmarked. The doll is shown with her original box, which has similar graphics to the Penny clothing boxes, although the Penny name is not used. One telling feature is that her blue swimsuit is made from felt, the same fabric that is used in all of Penny’s outfits.

Known Outfits for Penny:

#357 – Date Dress – is a halter-top dress with black felt bodice and leopard-print taffeta skirt. A black felt hat and white taffeta panties complete the outfit. See photo above.

#353 – Visiting – is a blue felt dress with a hot pink felt flower riveted to the front of the skirt. A matching hat with elastic strap and white taffeta panties are included. See photo below.

#361 – Hostess – is a black felt halter top with hot pink metallic lace peplum and ties. Matching black felt pants and a lace headband are the other components. See photo at top.

Packaging
Penny’s outfits are packaged in cardboard boxes with pink and blue graphics. On the sides of the packages, they are marked “Manufactured by Beehler Arts, New York 6, NY”.

Under their Virga label, Beehler also made a 10″ hard plastic doll called Penny Walker, but she is a toddler rather than a glamour doll.



Copyright 2000-2016 by Zendelle Bouchard

Hi-Heel ‘Teen Doll by Virga (1956-7)

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Feb 082016
 
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Body Construction
Virga’s Hi-Heel ‘Teen is one of the tiniest glamour dolls, at only 7.5 inches tall. She is all hard plastic with a synthetic glued-on wig. The dolls were available with various hair colors. Her blue sleep eyes have molded lashes and she has painted lashes above each eye. She is jointed at the neck, shoulders, hips and knees, and is a head-turning walker. The same doll was also sold under the name Kim or Kim Teen.

Markings
She is completely unmarked.

Clothing
Hi-Heel ‘Teen was sold dressed as a bride doll as pictured above. She also had several extra boxed outfits available. The 100 Series included twelve different ensembles. They were sold in boxes like the simpler dresses pictured at the bottom of the page.

Not pictured: #101 Bride: A white-on-white print sleeveless gown with picot edging at the neckline (not the same as the dress the boxed Bride doll was sold in); tulle veil; white heels; white panties; bouquet.

#102 Bridesmaid: Pink taffeta shadow print gown; pink open weave hat; pink heels, bouquet, white panties. This outfit was also sold under the name Kim Teen.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller bopkat.

#103 Late Date: Sleeveless dress with black bodice, black and multicolor print flannel skirt; black heels; black hat with red rose; white panties.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller bopkat.

#104 Special Occasion: Dress with deep pink bodice, multicolor print skirt; white open weave hat; white heels; white panties.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller dreamalong.

#105 Formal: Strapless blue taffeta gown with silver net overskirt; silver net stole; blue heels; white panties.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller bopkat.

#106 Calypso: Halter dress with blue bodice, multicolor on white print skirt; yellow molded felt hat; white heels; white panties.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller bopkat.

#107 Pajamas: Pink and blue floral print on white taffeta pants; matching top with pink lace yoke and straps; pink heels.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller bopkat.

#108 Career: Dress with white Swiss dot short sleeved bodice, black and white print or checked skirt, attached black vinyl belt; white molded felt hat with black ribbon; black heels; white panties.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller bopkat.

#109 Shopping: Dress with white long sleeved bodice, multicolor modern print skirt; red molded felt hat; black heels; white panties.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller bopkat.

#110 Dude Ranch: Pink and white checked shirt; blue pants with pink and white checked trim; blue molded felt cap; white heels.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller bopkat.

#111 Loungers: Red pants; gold and white top with peplum and red trim; red heels.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller bopkat.

#112 Summer Day: White sheer nylon dress with red polka dots, red waistband; white hat with red ribbon; red heels; white panties.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller bopkat.

There was also a series of simpler dresses that had print skirts in a variety of colors, with a solid color felt bodice, no accessories.



Learn More:

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Small Dolls
of the 40s & 50s
by Carol Stover
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Hard Plastic Dolls
by Polly and Pam Judd
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Hard Plastic Dolls II
by Polly and Pam Judd
Find it on eBay.

Copyright 2016 by Zendelle Bouchard.