Oct 162011
 
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Here’s something interesting I found last week. I don’t know much about him, but his guitar-shaped cardboard tag indicates he was made by Remco in 1964. He is missing the little booklet which came with him which featured photos of the Beatles. I think the term “mascot” means that he was sold as a decorative item for older kids, not a plaything for the little ones. He represents a generic Beatle rather than one of the individual members of the group. He looks most like Paul McCartney or George Harrison.

He is about 30″ tall and made of fabric and felt, with faux fur hair. Besides the guitar and booklet that he came with, he has no tags or other markings on him. His hands are like paws, with four felt fingers that look more like claws! Elastic straps on his hands enable him to hold the guitar. He seems to be a fairly rare item. The small Beatles dolls with vinyl heads made by Remco are a lot easier to find.

Beatles Official Mascot Doll by Remco
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.

Aug 162010
 
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I am still recuperating from the UFDC convention in Chicago. That was one exhausting week! Chicago is a beautiful city, much nicer than I expected.
I took over 600 photos while I was there. Most of them are of the Competitive Exhibits. Unfortunately, per UFDC rules, I cannot use them on the website, except in an article devoted to the convention. I am working on putting together an article now.

But here are a few photos from the Theriault’s auction that was held at a nearby hotel. If you have not been to one of their auctions, the antique dolls are just unbelievable. They are displayed in lovely vignettes with flowers and accessories. The highlight of the auction was “The Great Man’s Doll,” a French doll made by Huret about 1860, which author Victor Hugo purchased and gave to his granddaughter. The doll and her trousseau sold for $160,000. In keeping with the literary theme, there were several artist dolls in the auction from writer Anne Rice’s collection. There were some stunning examples of vintage dolls, too, including Barbie and Ken, Ginny, Nancy Ann Storybook dolls, and several wonderful Lencis.

The first picture shows part of the set of Dionne Quintuplets by Madame Alexander. These babies are lucky to have their original furniture, nurse and Doctor Dafoe.

And here are a few of the antiques:
There was an amazing collection of Schoenhut circus figures in the auction. In addition to the set, several figures were sold individually.
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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Handbook for
Hard Plastic Dolls
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Hard Plastic Dolls II
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Copyright 2010 by Zendelle Bouchard.