Twixie, the Twisting Pixie doll by Belle

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Feb 212016

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.

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

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.

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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Pink Haired Ballerina by Belle Doll & Toy Corp.

Pink Haired Ballerina by Belle. View her full-length photo and her original box.

Belle Doll & Toy Corp. was headquartered in New York City in the 1950s. Their earliest documented doll is Heddi Stroller, a 20″ hard plastic walking girl doll. They are most known for their high heeled glamour dolls including Margie and Marjorie, all vinyl dolls whose faces resemble Alexander’s Cissy. Little Miss Margie is similar to Ideal’s Little Miss Revlon, and has extra boxed fashions. They also made multi-jointed Twixie, whose posability was meant to capitalize on the popularity of Uneeda’s Dollikin. Ballerina Belle is another jointed doll, who may be the same doll as Twixie. One thing that seems certain is that, while the company’s dolls were patterned after the successful dolls of other companies, they had a charm and personality of their own as well.

Little Miss Margie doll by Belle in her original box.

18″ Margie doll by Belle. She has straight legs and a twist waist.
Photo courtesy of American Beauty Dolls Shop.

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