At an auction today I picked up a boxlot which included several photos of Shirley Temple. Some of the photos are of her holding a doll, so I thought I would share them with you. This first photo shows her with one of the rare Shirley Temple Baby dolls issued in 1935. The Baby has a composition head and limbs and a cloth body.
This is Jackie by Ideal. She is 15″ tall, all vinyl, and is quite rare. She was made in 1961, and according to Judith Izen’s book “Collector’s Guide to Ideal Dolls,” she was taken off the market after First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy objected to her name being used for the doll, although the doll looks nothing like her. The Jackie doll is very similar to Ideal’s Liz doll, who was also sold under the name Carol Brent in the Montgomery Ward catalog. The major difference is that Jackie has sleep eyes, while Liz/Carol’s eyes were painted.
Jackie is very high quality and is the epitome of a sophisticated fashion doll.
At the San-D-over Doll Club meeting today, we had a program on Toni dolls. We watched the DVD “Which Doll is the Toni?” from UFDC and members brought in a variety of Tonis to share, including the original Ideal hard plastic dolls, the 10″ vinyl version from American Character and her larger sisters, and newer reproductions. I normally don’t care much for newer dolls, but was very impressed with the repros of the Ideal Toni by Tonner/Effanbee. They look just like the vintage dolls, with beautiful hair and lovely dresses. I wasn’t too taken by their repros of the American Character 13″ Toni though – she doesn’t have the charm of the original, in my opinion.
This type of program, with a DVD and show-and-tell, works well for a small doll club. What has your club been doing lately?