Apr 112011
 
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I love to come across a doll I have never seen or heard of before. This interesting playset is Polly Pretend by Amsco. This unusual concept is that the doll is playing “dress up” with Mommy’s shoes, hat, jewelry, curlers, etc. – just like her little owner would. The shoes are a hoot!

Amsco is not a company I know too much about. The name is an acronym for American Metal Specialties Corp. and they mostly made doll furniture like beds and high chairs, as well as housekeeping toys. They trademarked the name Amsco in 1950 and their trademark expired in 1992. Polly Pretend appears to have been made in the late sixties or early seventies.

Feb 172010
 
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Vintage baby doll by Kader

Kader Industrial Co., Ltd. was a Hong Kong company founded in 1948. The company is still in business but is now using the name Kader Holdings Co. Ltd. Their primary product is model trains and accessories. They do not appear to make dolls any longer. Collectors sometimes refer to the company as “OK Kader” because their logo is the letters “OK” inside a globe.
The baby doll pictured is 10″ tall. He has a hard plastic head and blow-molded vinyl body. He has a few features which make him unusual. He has a tongue attached to his sleep eye mechanism, so that when his eyes are open, his tongue protrudes slightly; when he’s asleep, his tongue disappears. He also has jointed wrists. He is jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips as well. His bright blue sleep eyes have molded lashes. He was probably made in the 1950s or ’60s.

Vintage baby doll by Kader

Vintage Baby doll by Kader

A little research reveals that the company appears to have made mostly baby dolls similar to this one, in a wide variety of sizes. They made black dolls as well as white ones. The dolls were distributed in Australia and New Zealand as well as the USA, and possibly other countries.

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