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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.

Oct 032012
 
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Canadian doll maker Earle Pullan Co., Ltd. began operations in 1945 and was in business until 1967. They began by making plush animals and games, and in 1947 they began producing composition dolls. During the 1950s, they went on to make dolls from stuffed rubber, cloth and vinyl. They made very few hard plastic dolls. Some of their dolls were copies of popular American dolls. Pullan dolls are well made and attractive.

Little Mr. Bad Boy doll by Earle Pullan

30″ Little Mr. Bad Boy doll by Earle Pullan. Photo courtesy of eBay seller Connectibles.

Dolls they produced include:

Dinky Drinky (1948)
10″ all composition drink and wet baby, jointed at shoulders and hips. Painted black side glancing eyes, molded hair.

Baby Twinkle (1948)
Composition toddler girl with a knee-length wavy blonde mohair wig. She is similar in design to Ideal’s Sparkle Plenty, except that doll had a hard plastic head, latex rubber body and wool yarn hair.

Little Lulu (1949)
14″ all cloth comic character doll was identical to the one produced by Georgene Novelties in the United States. Pullan also made a composition version of Little Lulu in 1951 and a vinyl version in 1959.

Coronation Doll (1953)
Celebrating the coronation of Queen Elizabeth, this all composition girl doll has an open mouth with teeth, and sleep eyes. She wears a long gown and sash, and “ermine” trimmed cape with matching hat.

Candy (1956)
17″ toddler has a one piece vinyl body with a wire armature inside so she can be posed. Wears a striped footie pajama with matching nightcap.

Mindy (1957)
15″ black vinyl girl doll, wired for posability, molded hair in braids. She appears to be identical to Dee an Cee’s Mandy doll.

Baby Tears (1957)
Drink-wet-and-cry baby doll in 14″ and 16″ sizes. Came with a layette.

Ballerina (1957)
This 17″ doll had brunette in a chignon style and wired legs for posability. She is unmarked.

Bride (1958)
17″ tall, with jointed hips, shoulders and neck. She has rooted blonde hair, blue sleep eyes, earrings and a lace-trimmed gown. She is marked “PULLAN”.

Mother and Family (1958)
This family of four dolls is similar to Effanbee’s Most Happy Family. The boy and girl dolls resemble Effanbee’s Mickey and Fluffy which were used in that set. In the Pullan version, the glamourous 21″ mother and 12″ daughter wear matching solid-color coats with white collars. Mother also wears a hat, pearl drop earrings and black elastic-strap high heels. Her daughter’s outfit has a hood. The 10″ son wears a matching suit with short pants. The 8″ baby doll wears a light-colored bunting. They are all unmarked.

Rags to Riches Doll (1958)
21″ tall, jointed only at neck and shoulders. She has long rooted reddish-brown hair worn in a ponytail with bangs, and blue sleep eyes with lashes. The book photograph shows her in a long gown; she may also have come with a “Rags” dress like the Deluxe Reading doll of the same name. She is marked “PULLAN” on the back of her neck; “A” on her back; “16” on the sole of her left foot; and “VH3-21″ on the sole of her right foot.

Oriental Princess (1958)
This 20″ doll appears to have been made as a knockoff of Uneeda’s Dollikin. She is jointed at the neck, waist, hips, shoulders, knees and ankles. Her long black hair is worn up in a roll and she has blue sleep eyes with brush lashes and painted lower lashes. The most telling trait is her outfit, which is very similar to Dollikin’s “Lotus Blossom” ensemble, a white pantsuit with long fan-print vest. She can be identified by the “PULLAN” mark on her head.

Beatnik Doll (1960)
21″ girl doll with long straight hair and bangs. She appears to have been made from the same head mold as Vogue’s Brikette doll.

Wendy Ann (1960)
35″ companion doll similar to Ideal’s Patti Playpal.

Little Mister Bad Boy (1961)
See photo above. Advertising doll for the Bad Boy Furniture Company wears a striped prisoner’s uniform. He was made in 16″ and 30″ sizes. At least one other company produced these dolls as well.

Bobby (1960s)
A popular all vinyl boy doll with molded hair, sold in various outfits in various sizes.

Miss Marjie (1965)
Similar to Eegee’s Shelley doll, she looked like Ideal’s Tammy but had the growing hair feature of American Character’s Tressy.

Copyright 2012 by Zendelle Bouchard

Aug 262012
 
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Vintage Wettums composition doll by Reliable

Wettums is an all-composition drink-and-wet baby doll made by Reliable of Canada in the late 1930s and early ’40s. Since moisture causes composition to deteriorate rapidly, most of these dolls have not survived in good condition.

Body Construction
Wettums is jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips. She has painted eyes, molded painted hair and a nurser mouth. The drink-and-wet feature was enabled by a rubber tube leading from Wettums’ mouth to his/her bottom, with a metal grommet at either end. Wettums was made in multiple sizes. The doll pictured is 12.5″ long.

Markings
Wettums is marked “RELIABLE // DOLL // MADE IN CANADA” on the back of her head.

Clothing & Packaging
The book “200 Years of Dolls” by Dawn Herlocher pictures an all original Wettums doll, wearing a sleeveless undershirt and diaper. The lettering on the box has the doll’s name spelled “Wetums” and the wording “She drinks, she wets, you’ll love her.”

Vintage Wettums composition doll by Reliable


Sasha Dolls

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Apr 182012
 
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Studio doll by Sasha Morgenthaler

Studio doll by Sasha Morgenthaler.
Photo courtesy of Withington Auction, Inc.

Sasha dolls are unique in the doll world. They started out as the vision of Swiss artist Sasha Morgenthaler, to create a play doll representing the universal child. The original doll’s skin tone was deliberately of a medium color depicting no particular ethnic group. She began in the 1940s creating them in her studio, but the high production costs meant that very few families could afford them. In 1965 she licensed production to Götz-Puppenfabrik GmbH of Rödental, Germany, where they were made until 1970. Beginning in 1966, the dolls were also made in England by Frido/Trendon/Sasha Dolls Ltd of Stockport. Production continued there until 1986. From 1995-2001 they were again produced by Götz.

The original Studio dolls were made of gypsum, a composition like material. Some dolls, like the one pictured above, had cloth bodies. Other were entirely of gypsum. The mass-produced dolls are of rigid vinyl with rooted synthetic hair. They are 16″ tall, jointed at the neck and shoulders and strung with elastic cord. They are well made dolls that offer lots of play value.

Although the dolls are collectively known as Sasha, the boy dolls were called Gregor; when black dolls were introduced in the early 70s, the girls were named Cora and the boys Caleb. The most recent series of Sasha dolls were given individual names. Babies were also produced starting in the 1970s, and are 12″ tall with bent legs.

One reason that Sasha dolls are so popular with collectors is their wonderful wardrobe. The clothes are very well made in simple, classic styles. The size of the dolls makes them easy to sew for and easy to dress.

Copyright 2012 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?