Little Miss Ginger Doll by Cosmopolitan (1958-?)

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Mar 062016
 
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Little Miss Ginger doll by Cosmopolitan wearing red cotton dress with white teardrop print, white lace at hem, wide white organdy collar; also came with a red net hat with white flowers; white “Little Miss Ginger” purse; hose; white shoes.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller hug*a*pug.

Beginning in 1958, Cosmopolitan advertised Little Miss Ginger as “the only all vinyl eight inch slim doll” and she was in fact the tiniest of the vinyl glamour dolls. Shortly afterward, Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls introduced their eight inch Little Miss Nancy Ann who appears to have been made from the same molds. Other copycats followed, including Woolworth’s Little Miss Marie.



Body Construction
Little Miss Ginger has a rigid vinyl body with softer vinyl head. She is jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips. Her blonde, red, or brunette hair is rooted and styled into a short fluffy bob. She has gray or brown sleep eyes with molded lashes and brown painted lashes at the outer corner of each eye. Her red lips match her red finger- and toenails. The vinyl on these dolls tends to pale or darken over time, with the result that different parts of her body may be different colors.

Markings
This doll is well marked and easy to identify. She is marked “Ginger” on the back of her neck and “Little Miss Ginger” on her back. Under each arm and inside each thigh she is marked “LMG”.

Clothing
Little Miss Ginger was available as a basic doll in white, black or red bra, panties and shoes. She was also sold dressed in various outfits. One piece of clothing from each outfit is tagged “Fashions for Little/Miss Ginger/Cosmopolitan Doll & Toy Co./ Jamaica, NY U.S.A”.

Yellow cotton sleeveless top with lace trim; black cotton skirt with yellow and gray print and yellow elastic waistband; shoes, possibly yellow or black.



White fuzzy long sleeve sweater with rick rack accent on front; black velveteen skirt with rick rack accent and red taffeta lining; matching hat; red taffeta panties; ice skates.



Navy polished cotton dress with white polka dots, white organdy collar; navy shoes.



Pink cotton dress with large white polka dots; shoes, probably white. Also available as a pale pink dress with darker pink polka dots.



Peach majorette dress with long sleeves, trimmed in white/green/peach braid; matching hat with green feather; gold boots. Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.



Pale yellow flocked nylon and tulle dress with black ribbon bow. Braid hat and purse trimmed with flowers. Photo courtesy of eBay seller hug*a*pug.



#71 Special Bride outfit includes lace trimmed tulle gown with taffeta bodice, separate taffeta and tulle slip, wrist corsage, tulle veil, white panties, white heels.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller hug*a*pug.



Other outfits for Little Miss Ginger include:

  • #52 Bolero Plaid Dress is a white, blue and black large scale plaid taffeta dress and black bolero jacket lined in matching fabric.
  • White cotton dress with black and red print, red puffed sleeves.
  • Pink satin strapless evening gown; corsage of pink flowers; pink hose; pink heels.
  • Beige faux fur coat, hat and muff.
  • Red, white, green and black plaid taffeta dress with red ribbon sash; matching plaid hair bow with red ribbon and hairpin; white panties; red shoes.
  • White taffeta dress with turquoise and pink floral print; black hair (?) ribbon; white panties; hose; black shoes.
    Navy, blue and white plaid v-necked dress.
  • White vinyl raincoat with red trim, hood and belt; white shoes.
  • Red pants trimmed with white; white blouse with red ribbon; white shoes.
  • Navy blue jacket with white cuffs; navy circle skirt; white top.





Learn More:

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Small Dolls
of the 40s & 50s
by Carol Stover
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Dolls & Accessories of the 1950s
by Dian Zillner
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Glamour Dolls
of the 1950s & 1960s
by Polly & Pam Judd
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Copyright 1999-2016 by Zendelle Bouchard

Dolls by Cosmopolitan Toy Corp.

 Cosmopolitan, Fashion, Hard Plastic, Vinyl  Comments Off on Dolls by Cosmopolitan Toy Corp.
Oct 192012
 
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Cosmopolitan is best known for their 8″ hard plastic Ginger doll, a competitor of Vogue’s Ginny. She was introduced in 1954. The hard plastic Gingers underwent several changes during the course of production, which makes identification a little tricky.

Ginger doll by Cosmopolitan

Hard plastic Ginger wears outfit #883 from the 1955 North and South series.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller hug*a*pug.

Collectors should also be aware that Cosmopolitan sold Ginger bodies to other companies. The book “Small Dolls of the ’40s and ’50s” by Carol J. Stover gives detailed information on the Ginger variations.


Ginger doll by Cosmopolitan

Vinyl head Ginger wears outfit #444 from the 1955 Holiday Series.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller hug*a*pug.

In 1957, they started making Ginger with a vinyl head. She also “grew up” with her new medium “cha cha” heels.


Miss Ginger doll by Cosmopolitan

Miss Ginger doll by Cosmopolitan

That same year they entered the glamour doll market with 10.5″ Miss Ginger. Like Ginger, she had many extra outfits available. All-vinyl Miss Ginger is very similar to Little Miss Revlon and Miss Nancy Ann.


Little Miss Ginger doll by Cosmopolitan

Little Miss Ginger wears Special Bride outfit #71 from 1958.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller hug*a*pug.

8″ Little Miss Ginger also has a grown-up figure and extra outfits. She is also all vinyl. She is very similar to Little Miss Nancy Ann.

Learn more: Little Miss Ginger page.


Baby Ginger doll by Cosmopolitan

Most Baby Ginger dolls have rooted hair. This is a rare molded hair version.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller hug*a*pug.

8″ Baby Ginger is an all-vinyl drink and wet baby doll, similar to Vogue’s Ginnette. She, too, has an extensive wardrobe.

Copyright 2012 by Zendelle Bouchard

Sep 142011
 
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I picked this item up at an auction last night. This cardboard wardrobe measures 18.5″ tall, 12″ wide and 6″ deep. It has double doors on the front, a wooden bar to hang the clothes from, and another wooden bar holding up the shelf above. The colors and the logo on the top indicate that it was made for Cosmopolitan’s Ginger doll, a hard plastic toddler introduced in 1954, who was a competitor to Vogue’s Ginny doll.  I call it Ginger’s Mystery Closet because it is a mystery why an 8″ doll would have a wardrobe so huge. She has a wardrobe trunk that is in scale for her, about 9″ tall. Why would she need this behemoth? If you hung her little dresses on the rod, there would be several inches of empty space underneath. Any thoughts?