Dec 092014
 
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Miss Seventeen owes her good looks in large part to the German Bild Lili doll. Marx purchased the rights to use the Lili molds and developed Miss Seventeen from there. She is larger than Bild Lili, and every other 1960s fashion doll, sold in 15″ and 18″ sizes.

Body Construction
Miss Seventeen is all hard plastic, jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips. See her body construction here. She has painted black and white eyes like the number one Barbie doll, a bright red heart shaped mouth, molded black button earrings, and high heel feet with holes in the soles. Her fine synthetic hair is rooted into a skullcap which is set into her head. She has been found with a variety of blonde and auburn hair colors, as well as jet black. Her hair is styled either into a bun on top of her head, or a ponytail.

Miss Seventeen doll by Marx.

Miss Seventeen is most often seen with a center part at the front and her hair up in a tight bun. See a side view here. See a back view here.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller franklin2000.

Markings
She is marked on her lower back “U.S. Patent 2925684 British Patent 804566 Made in Hong Kong” Click here to see the marking.

Clothing
Miss Seventeen was sold in a black one piece swim suit with her name in red on a white satin beauty queen style sash, a red cape lined in white, and red shoes. Her accessories are a gold plastic crown and a gold trophy with removable lid.

She has twelve extra boxed outfits, ranging from beach wear to evening wear to a wedding gown. Click here to see the back of the box with illustrations of all the outfits.

Click on a photo to see a larger version.
Photos courtesy of eBay seller dreamalong.

Packaging
She was packaged in a black box with her name in green script along with the words “A Beauty Queen.” See photo at top. She came with a black stand with a metal prong to fit into the holes in her feet, and a fashion booklet. Her separate outfits were packaged in gatefold “Fashion Books” that opened up to show a large illustration of the outfit with a paragraph setting the scene.



Learn More:

cover
Collector’s Guide to Dolls
of the 1960s and 1970s
Volume 1
by Cindy Sabulis
Find it on eBay.
cover
Glamour Dolls
of the 1950s & 1960s
by Polly & Pam Judd
Find it on eBay.

Copyright 2014 by Zendelle Bouchard

Nov 252014
 
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Eugene dolls are challenging to identify because they sometimes used the same name for different dolls, and sometimes different names for the same doll. The name in the catalog description does not always match the name shown on the box.
Click on the photo to see a larger version.
Drink and Wet Babies and Toddlers
17″ Baby Lorrie with rooted hair or molded hair, wrapped in blanket
18″ Baby Lorrie in dress, socks and shoes with rooted hair and painted eyes
23″ Cuddly Lorrie with rooted hair and sleep eyes, wrapped in blanket
20″ Honey-kins in pinafore dress with hair in ponytails
13″ Lovable Lorrie with sleep eyes and molded hair, wrapped in blanket
14″ Lil Daisy in dress with rooted hair and sleep eyes
17″ Happy Lorrie in gingham dress with apron and bonnet
“So Soft To Touch” New Born Infants
16″ Soft as a Cloud newborn, twin curl hair style
18″ soft newborn, assorted sweater and dress outfits
14″ Little Michelle, infant hair and sleep eyes
22″ Soft as a Cloud bent leg baby doll with rooted hair
13″ Lil Daisy, pixie character face with painted eyes, cloth body
20″ Baby-Like soft body doll
23″ baby (name?) Soft as a Cloud
18″ Floppy Soft toddler wears dress with large bow and matching bloomers
Dolls “Plus”
13″ Drink and Wet Baby in Cradle
13″ Drink and Wet Baby in Cradle wearing christening outfit
16″ Drink and Wet Baby in carry seat with molded or rooted hair
17″ Drink and Wet Baby in carry seat with molded or rooted hair
Baby Seat (no doll)
25″ Drink and Wet Baby with molded hair
25″ Drink and Wet Baby with rooted hair
Pair of 8″ Drink and Wet Dolls in Playpen with accessories
11″ Drink and Wet Baby in Cradle Carrier
Sweetheart Specials
23″ Baby Honeykins in lace trimmed dress with matching bloomers
25″ So Cuddlesome in gingham outfit with matching bonnet
16″ Lorrie and Her Crib drink and wet baby with rooted hair
18″ Floppy Soft toddler with carrot red hair and freckles. Boy or girl doll.
14″ Littlest Cream Puff soft all vinyl baby with painted eyes, molded or rooted hair
16″ Lil Cream Puff soft all vinyl baby with painted eyes
Terrific Features
16″ Lil Daisy toddler doll, ponytails
19″ Teen Age Bride, white wedding gown with veil and bouquet, long straight hair
18″ Baby Chit Chat pull string talking doll
24″ Baby Lorrie drink and wet walking doll
Mother and Daughter or Big ‘n Little Sister 19″ walker and 12″ toddler in matching dresses
32″ Lorrie Walk and Talk, companion size doll with pull string talking mechanism
14″ Lorrie’s Wardrobe Trunk soft vinyl molded hair baby with extra clothing
13″ Lorrie’s Wardrobe Trunk toddler doll with 2 extra dresses
11″ Drink and Wet baby in tray with accessories, rooted hair and sleep eyes
Petite Basics
8″ Drink and Wet Baby in carry seat
9″ Drink and Wet Baby wrapped in blanket, molded hair
10″ Drink and Wet Baby, rooted hair
8″ Drink and Wet molded hair baby in blanket, with pillow or cradle
11″ Little Joyce baby or toddler, rooted hair and sleep eyes
12″ Lorrie toddler, rooted long hair and painted eyes
9″ Missy toddler, rooted long hair and painted eyes
13″ Drink and Wet baby in carry seat
10″ Drink and Wet baby in carry seat
14″ Soft Body Newborn with rooted hair, wrapped in blanket
20″ Soft Body Newborn with infant hair and mama voice
16″ Life Like All Soft Vinyl Baby with painted eyes in panties
14″ Life Like All Soft Vinyl Baby with painted eyes in panties
“With It” Life Size Walkers
32″ Lorrie Walker with hair styling set
32″ Lorrie Stroller in teen age outfits
36″ Lorrie Walker in fashion outfits
28″ Lorrie Walker with hair styling set
19″ Lorrie Toddler fashion walker
24″ Lorrie Walker with hair styling set
Apr 292013
 
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This little girl doll by IMCO is very similar to the second version of Ideal’s Posie doll, who was made from 1955-56.

Vintage IMCO doll with jointed knees

Body Construction
She is 22″ tall with a stuffed vinyl head and hard plastic body. She is a pin-jointed, head turning walker, jointed at the neck, shoulders, hips and knees. She has curly, dark blonde rooted hair with bangs, and sleep eyes. Perhaps her most unusual feature is her soft vinyl molded eyelashes. She has holes in her belly for her crying mechanism.

Vintage IMCO doll with jointed knees

Clothing
The dress she wears is pink and white checked taffeta, with an embossed white cotton collar trimmed in cotton lace, accented with a black satin ribbon bow. It closes in the back with factory donut snaps. It is likely her original one.

Vintage IMCO doll with jointed knees

Markings
She is marked on the back of her head “IMCO” but has no other markings.

Vintage IMCO doll marking



Copyright 2013 by Zendelle Bouchard

Jan 062013
 
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Actress and model Brooke Shields was produced as an 11.5″ fashion doll by LJN in the early 1980s. She is all vinyl, with wavy long brunette hair, gray painted eyes and Brooke’s famous bushy eyebrows. All dolls have a copyright date of 1982.

Basic Brooke Shields doll by LJN

Basic Brooke Shields doll by LJN.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller king-auctions.

The basic doll wears a blue turtleneck sweater with white collar and cuffs, white leggings and blue boots. An alternate version was the same style but with pink sweater and gray leggings. She came with a plastic brush and star ring, posing stand and photo of Brooke. The box graphics on both versions are identical.

Suntan Brooke Shields doll by LJN

Suntan Brooke Shields doll by LJN.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller king-auctions.

Suntan Brooke Shields has a different face mold with a big smile. She comes in a yellow and white striped swimsuit with a beach bag and sunglasses.

Prom Party Brooke Shields also has the smiling face, and has extra long hair. She comes in a hot pink metallic gown and “pearl” necklace, with pink posing stand and heels, and a plastic floral bouquet.

Brooke had eight “Fun Time” fashions and eight “Designer Boutique” fashions sold separately.

Fun Time Fashions:

  • Riding Habit – red jacket with black collar and cuffs, 1st place ribbon, yellow top, khaki pants, riding hat, boots and crop
  • Cheerleader Costume – white sweater with “B” logo, royal blue and white skirt, white vinyl cowboy boots, blue and yellow pom-poms
  • Shorty Pajamas – white teddie with pink flowers, matching mob cap, pink bra and panties, pink high heeled sandals.
  • Jogging Suit – bright yellow hoodie with green trim, yellow pants, yellow wedgies, green gym bag
  • Blue Jeans & Shirt – jeans with red knit cuffs, red and white striped sweater, red cowboy boots, Walkman with headphones and strap
  • Camouflage Pants Suit – Khaki short-sleeved top, camo knickers, gold purse attached to belt, natural straw hat, aqua wedgies
  • Dotted Swiss Party Dress – white dotted swiss with pink underdress and lace trim, crownless hat of matching fabric, white nylons?, pink high heeled sandals
  • Beach Outfit – pink swimsuit, green skirt, black hat with attached blue scarf, purple heels
Fun Time fashion Jogging Suit for Brooke Shields doll by LJN

Fun Time fashion Jogging Suit for Brooke Shields doll by LJN.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller den268.

Designer Boutique Fashions:

  • Cowgirl Outfit – red skirt with blue belt, white western shirt with red trim, blue check bandanna, white cowboy hat with blue check band, white cowboy boots
  • Disco Outfit – blue jacket with gold lame short sleeves and attached shorts, gold lame bikini top, blue drawstring bag, blue high heeled sandals
  • Fur Jacket Walking Suit – white faux fur jacket, white skirt, white boots with cuff tops, hot pink scarf
  • Cocktail Gown – black sheath gown with pink ruffle down each side and across one shoulder, black high heeled sandals
  • Roller Skating Jump Suit – red long sleeved jump suit, gold belt, red socks, white roller skates with red wheels
  • Lace ‘n’ Satin Party Gown – long gown has pink satiny bodice white ruffle collar, sleeves and peplum, floral embroidered skirt; white wedgies
  • Wrap Around Coat and Hat Outfit – plush purple coat (looks more like a bathrobe), matching hat, white belt, white boots with cuff tops
  • Pants Suit – bronze metallic jacket with brown satin cuffs, brown satin pants, brown boots with cuff tops, brown hat
Designer Boutique fashion Pants Suit for Brooke Shields doll by LJN

Designer Boutique fashion Pants Suit for Brooke Shields doll by LJN.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller den268.

There was also a carrying case with dressing room graphics inside.

LJN also produced a Brooke Shields Glamour Center styling head with curlers and other hair styling accessories.

McCall’s issued a sewing pattern specifically for the Brooke Shields doll.



Copyright 2013 by Zendelle Bouchard.

Dec 182011
 
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I came across this ad for Plain Jane, the Magic Light doll, in the December 1945 issue of House Beautiful magazine. The ad text reads:

“One of a group of adorable ‘sleepy-time’ dolls that glow in the dark. Pleasantly help children overcome the fear of darkness. Make charming ornaments, too! Simply place doll before an electric bulb for a few seconds, extinguish all lights, and it will glow in brilliant colors. It never fails to work and will glow thousands of times. Harmless, of course.
‘Plain Jane’ – illustrated – is a 17 in., soft, sturdy doll, dressed in durable cotton clothing, which can be washed and ironed repeatedly. $3.75 Postpaid. Sorry…no C.O.D.
A visit to our unique shop in Radio City…where hundreds of luminous articles are in display…will delight you!
Catalogue mailed on request.
Magic Light Shop, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, 20, N.Y.”

I Googled “Magic Light Doll” and came up with this 11″ doll named “Lumia”. She sold for $275 in 2007. Of course, if you came across one of these dolls without the tag or box, you probably wouldn’t know it glowed in the dark. Anybody ever seen one of these in person?