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Dollikin Ballerina doll by Uneeda

Body Construction
The Dollikin Ballerina is the same doll as the regular Dollikin, but she has a few specific traits. Her hair is usually black, and is styled into either a chignon with severe widow’s peak, or a short fluffy bubblecut. This doll did not generally have pierced ears. Her eye paint is exaggerated, with long black painted lashes at the outer corner of each eye, and black eyebrows. The less common blonde dolls have eyelashes and brows painted brown instead of black.

Markings
Markings are the same as Dollikin.

Clothing
The Dollikin Ballerina seems to have been available in a wide variety of costumes, generally in satin with lace or tulle. All came with cotton tights and soft vinyl slippers. The dressed doll pictured above wears a very stiff ivory-colored (may have been white at one time) costume with ivory, purple and green lace sleeves, with the same lace forming the skirt over a layer of tulle. Other costumes included a tutu edged with silver braid, with pink or lavender tulle skirt and sleeves covered with silver dots; and a red long sleeved dress which looks more like an ice skating or majorette outfit.

Packaging
The Ballerina doll was sold in different packaging from the regular Dollikin. The Ballerina’s box has her posed as if she is dancing, attached to a black and white backing card illustrated with her in various positions. The front of the box is curved and has a large plastic window to display her beautifully. You can see a photo of her on Valerie Myers’ website.





Copyright 1997-2013 by Zendelle Bouchard.

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Dollikin by Uneeda

Scan from 1958 Niresk Industries catalog.

Uneeda’s 19 inch Dollikin is perhaps the most fascinating of the glamour dolls. (The ad above must be including the height of her hair.) Her ultra-posable body, featuring no less than 16 separate joints, makes for a realism, both in play and display, that no other fashion doll of the late fifties can match. A rare 15″ Dollikin was also sold in 1958. The name was also used for a posable Barbie-sized doll in the late sixties, and a 6″ multi-jointed doll in the early ’70s.

The 19″ doll was also available as Dollikin Ballerina, Miss Twist (in fringed flapper dress), or in a set with a baby doll as Mommy Dollikin and Her Lovable Baby.

Body Construction
Dollikin has a hard plastic, strung body and soft vinyl head with sleep eyes in various colors with brush lashes. She is jointed at neck, waist, hips, shoulders, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles and upper arms. Click here for a photo of a nude Dollikin showing her multiple joints. There were some molding changes with the doll throughout her period of manufacture. The size of the head was decreased toward the end of production, and at some point her hands became smaller and more dainty, and her eyes were made larger.

Dollikin‘s rooted hair, available in various shades, originally came styled in either a short or long wavy or curly bob with bangs, ponytail with bangs, or chignon with widow’s peak or spit curl. The later issue dolls had short straight hair parted in the center. Her hair is not very high quality, so that it is difficult to restore a doll with played-with hair to original condition. Generally, dolls with the spit curl style had pierced ears and pearl drop earrings, while dolls with the other hair styles had unpierced ears.

The Dollikin Ballerina, and also Miss Twist, generally had black hair and black eyebrows, as well as black eyelashes painted on the outer corner of each eye.

Markings
She is marked “UNEEDA/2S” on the back of her neck. The Dollikin head with these same markings was also used for dolls with regular glamour bodies that didn’t have all the extra joints.

Clothing
Dollikin’s clothing is not tagged, but may be identified by the factory snaps with white “donut” outer half and the words “SK LIKITS RAU” inscribed on the inner silver half. While other manufacturers used these snaps as well, it is a fairly good bet that if your doll is wearing an outfit with these snaps, it is original.

Outfits the dolls were sold in include the following:

  • Black velvet pants, white long sleeved shirt with lace trim down front and on cuffs, red necktie, black elastic-strap sandals
  • Blue, green and white plaid pants, white blouse, red felt vest with lapels to match pants, black elastic-strap sandals. See photo here. This outfit was also available in a variation with a predominantly red plaid.
  • Red, blue and green plaid pants, white long-sleeved blouse with matching plaid placket and cuffs.

  • “Lotus Blossom” outfit of white blouse and pants, long vest with oriental fan print, white shoes. See photo above. This outfit was copied by Valentine for their Mannikin doll – see that page for keys to telling them apart.

Packaging
Dollikin’s original box had a gold lid, which when opened, showed her displayed in a seated position facing left, with graphics all around her highlighting her poseability and play value. She was available later on in a blue box with a cellophane window. The doll was seated in the same position as in the first issue box, with drawings of outdoor scenes decorating the interior.

To see more Dollikin photos, visit Michele Collishaw’s site.



Copyright 1997-2013 by Zendelle Bouchard.

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While Uneeda is best known for their glamour, fashion and pocket-sized dolls, they also made a huge variety of vinyl baby and child dolls over the second half of the 20th century. This is a very partial list which will be added to as information becomes available.

21″ girl and 18″ boy, all vinyl with molded hair, stuffed one piece body. 1948-52. In the late fifties, they produced another vinyl molded hair girl doll, with a different hair style.

Pri-thilla is a 12.5″ vinyl girl, rooted blonde hair, sleep eyes, wears a checked short sleeved shirt, solid color pants with checked cuffs. She has some type of mechanism that allows her to blow up balloons. 1958.

Wiggles is an 18″ infant with an unusual body construction. She has a vinyl head and torso, but her vinyl limbs, rather than being connected to the torso, are attached to a body sleeve that she wears over her torso. This makes her limbs very floppy. Some Blabby dolls were also made with this construction. See photos here. 1958.



Baby Dollikin is a 21″ baby with jointed knees, wrists and elbows in addition to the usual joints. She has a hard plastic body with vinyl head. 1958.

Uneeda made a 32″ Bride doll, she is the same doll as their Princess but with natural hair color. Other 32″ dolls include a black girl, same as Bride; and Freckles, a different face mold with orange hair green eyes and (of course) freckles.

There were also 35″ companion dolls, made in black and white versions, in a variety of hair styles and outfits. These are similar to Ideal’s Patti Playpal.

They also made a 31″ talking doll with growing hair. You can see lots of photos and find out more about these dolls at the Crissy and Beth website.



Saranade is a vinyl doll with hard plastic torso containing a speaker. She came with a record player made by Westinghouse that transmits a radio signal to the speaker in her torso. Rooted dark brown hair in a ponytail with bangs, blue sleep eyes with molded lashes. Red dress with white trim. The record player plays four different speeds. 1962.

In the ’50s and ’60s, Uneeda made a series of dolls that do things when you squeeze them. Purty is 15″ tall with a cross expression, squeeze her and she shuts her eyes and cries, circa 1955 (not to be confused with the 1973 version).
Blabby is a 17″ baby doll, press her tummy and her mouth moves as she cries. 1962
Sunny Face is 15″ tall, grins and giggles (shuts her eyes) when you squeeze her, 1964

Coquette is a pretty 16″ girl doll, dimpled chin, platinum blonde hair with bangs. 1963.

Weepsy Wiggles is a newborn baby doll with a wiggling motion, a wind-up music box and she cries tears as well. These dolls seem to be very rare, I couldn’t find an example online anywhere. Advertised in Toy & Hobby World, 1963.

Ventriloquist dummy molded side parted brunette hair, plaid cloth body, blue pants 23″ tall, blue painted eyes. 1963.

Baby Trix is a 19″ baby doll with soft foam body, wired for posability, black eyes, closed moth, rooted hair. Black and white versions were made. Advertised in the 1965 Montgomery Ward catalog.

Baby Go Go is a beautiful 17″ drink and wet baby with dark brunette hair and blue sleep eyes. She wears a deep pink dress with narrow white lace trim at the neck and across the yoke. Her packaging is made to look like she is riding a scooter. Circa 1965.

22.5″ Walking doll in red satin dress. Click here to read more about here.

Sarabelle is a 15″ girl doll, rooted hair, sleep eyes, wears a faux-patchwork “colonial” outfit. 1960s.

Deb Teen is a 17″ vinyl girl doll (not teen body) smooth short lemon blonde hair, sleep eyes, pink checked dress with attached white pinafore. A leash around her wrist attaches to a cardboard poodle which is part of her box. 1965.

Mod a Go Go doll by Uneeda Mod a Go Go doll by Uneeda Mod a Go Go is a 19″ girl doll who was sold in a variety of mod outfits with gogo boots. Her most unusual feature is her side-glancing sleep eyes. 1967. Photos courtesy of eBay seller franklin2000.

Bumpkins and Baby Bumpkins are both drink and wet vinyl babies, made in a few different versions over the years beginning in 1967. There is a 10″ size with molded hair, 11″ and 17″ dolls with rooted hair. All have sleep eyes. There is also a small version with painted eyes which came out in 1982.

Drink and wet Baby Sweetums has been made in at least three different sizes and a variety of outfits, since at least the early 1960s. Most often found is the 19″ version that has the same face as Baby Dollikin. There is also a 15″ version, with box dated 1968. There is also an 11″ version with painted eyes wearing a christening gown and bonnet. Another version was packaged with plastic blocks and teddy bear. The most recent versions are just called Sweetums.

Bareskin Baby is a 12.5″ newborn baby, has a swivel waist which is very unusual for a baby doll, sleep eyes, painted hair. Came with a shaggy rug. 1968.

Bitty Bathtub Baby is a small vinyl drink and wet doll in yellow plastic case molded like a bathtub, with cute accessories including a rattle and rubber duck. 1969

Bye Bye Baby has painted side glancing eyes, comes in wardrobe trunk with extra outfit and accessories. 1970s.

Purty 11″ chubby toddler, rooted hair, painted side glancing eyes 1973.

Lil Agatha is a 10″ vinyl doll with painted eyes and rooted hair. Described on her box as “A doll from a collection of early Americana.” 1975.

Agatha Bride is a 16″ vinyl girl doll with sleep eyes and rooted hair, dressed in a white wedding gown. The box graphics feature a spinning wheel, so she continues the Americana theme of Lil Agatha.

Granny and Me are a 16″ gray-haired granny doll with painted-on glasses, and her 7″ granddaughter. 1977.

Jenni is a 15″ doll in fancy gown part of the “Showcase Collection”. 1978.

Baby Glee is a 22″ baby with a big smile and molded tongue, molded hair. Vinyl head on cloth body. 1978.

Baby Toodles drink and wet baby, rooted hair and sleep eyes, lavender pjs. 1982.

Jack and Jill are 12″ twins packaged together with pink plastic pail Dressed in matching red and white outfits. Platinum blonde hair. Open/closed mouths.

Baby Jennifer has sleep eyes with molded lashes, rooted hair, 1982

Uneeda Just Clowns Just Clowns is a set of 2 dolls 10″ and 7″, various matching outfits, bright red curly hair, red painted noses. 1982.

Uneeda Tickin' Tot baby doll Tickin’ Tot is a baby doll with molded hair and a beating heart. 1986. Photo courtesy of Martin Auction Co.

I See You Dolly is 15″ tall, vinyl head and hands, soft cloth body. Unusual eyes appear to follow you in any direction. Kinda creepy actually. Black and white versions. 1988.



Copyright 2013 by Zendelle Bouchard

Apr 122013
 
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Uneeda made a few character dolls from comic strips and movies over the years, including a few tie-ins with Disney.

Orphan Annie cloth doll by Uneeda Orphan Annie cloth doll by Uneeda This all cloth Orphan Annie doll has a molded mask face with painted features. She came with white socks and black shoes, and likely dates to the 1920s. She was an exclusive for Walgreens stores.

Disney's Pollyanna doll by Uneeda Disney's Pollyanna doll by Uneeda Pollyanna was made in 10.5″ and 32″ versions, and possibly also a 17″ version. Dressed in red and white checked dress and pantalettes with straw hat. Tie in to the Walt Disney film of the same name starring Hayley Mills. 1960.

Other 32″ dolls include the Princess from Babes in Toyland, another Disney film tie-in, she has a similar face to Pollyanna but with a closed mouth and pink hair.



Popeye is the famous comic character with soft vinyl head and arms and cloth body, made in 8″ and 16″ versions. His hat and pipe are molded as one piece with his head. 1979. Olive Oyl and Swee’Pee dolls were made as well.

Uneeda Comix, a series of adult-oriented comic books published in the 1970s, are no relation to the Uneeda Doll Co.

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Some of Uneeda’s most popular dolls with kids and collectors have been their pocket-size dolls including Pee Wees, Wishnik Trolls, Petal People and Tiny Teens. They are all vinyl and were produced beginning in the mid-sixties. The company acquired Mattel’s Liddle Kiddles name in the mid-90s and produced a new series of them.

Wishnik Troll by Uneeda Wishnik Trolls are a knockoff of the Dam Trolls which became popular in Europe in the early sixties, and shortly afterward became a fad in America. The Wishniks have one piece bodies, jointed only at the neck. The two-headed version is most popular with collectors. The Wishniks were reissued in the ’80s and ’90s.



The original version of Petal People, made in 1964, have Pee Wees heads on Wishnik Troll bodies with flower costumes. In 1968 they came out with a 2.5″ tall doll packaged inside a plastic flower, planted in a small round flower pot. A Flower Shoppe with three of these Petal People was also available. The dolls were also renamed Pixie Petal People and sold in a much shorter flower with a square pot. Yet another version of Petal People were produced in the ’80s. These are more like the original ones, short and stocky, but they have molded hair and elvish looking eyes. There was also a Petal People paper doll.

Tiny Trix Poses are small vinyl dolls with rooted hair, wired arms and legs for posability. Each came packaged with an accessory such as a scooter, swing, or rocking horse. 1966.

PlumPees are chubby seated vinyl squeeze dolls in 6″ and 8″ sizes. They have molded hair and clothing. 1967.



Little Sophisticates are 8″ vinyl dolls with wired arms for posability. The most unusual feature about this doll is that their faces are painted to make it appear that their eyes are closed. They have rooted lashes beneath each eye. 6 dolls were made, with a variety of hair styles and colors, each sold in a different outfit. They are not hard to find, but you almost never see them in their original packaging. 1967. The name was used again in 1983 for an 8.5″ vinyl toddler with rooted hair and painted side glancing eyes.

Tiny Sophisticates are 6″ vinyl girls with rooted hair and painted eyes. May have long rooted eyelashes.

Pee Wees & Hee Wees by Uneeda Pee Wees chubby vinyl pocket size dressed girl dolls, have painted side glancing eyes and rooted hair. Sold in many different outfits. The original version came out in the mid ’60s. Hee Wees, “Tiny He-Men”, are boy versions with molded hair who wear uniforms such as baseball player, firefighter, etc. There were Pee Wees Babies as well. An updated version of the Pee Wees came out in 1976. Posin’ Pee Wees are dated 1984 and have different bodies. Pee Wees Cuties appeared in 1987. Photo courtesy of eBay seller art-in-mind.

Fun Time Tiny Teen doll by Uneeda Tiny Teen doll by Uneeda Tiny Teens are 5″ dressed dolls from 1967. They have cute little accessories. The Fun Time doll is pictured far left. The doll in the blue package is a later, unnamed version without the accessories. Read more about Tiny Teens here. In 1970 the same doll was repackaged again as Donna Fashion Doll. Photos courtesy of eBay seller franklin2000.

Kim, Miki and Dana are just 5″ tall but they have a growing hair feature. Kim had extra outfits available to purchase. You learn more about them here.

Tummy “The Pudgy Pixie” 9″ girl doll with protruding exposed midriff. Apparently this was supposed to be cute. Rooted hair, painted side-glancing eyes. 1973.

Minuette 8″ costume doll, rooted hair, painted eyes 1973.

Thum Things doll by Uneeda Thum Things doll by Uneeda Thum-Things dolls have three faces which rotate on their head. They have molded hair and are 4″ tall. They came in a variety of outfits and hair colors. 1973. Photos courtesy of ebay seller bouchy.

Grannykins is a 6″ grandmother doll with gray hair and painted on eyeglasses. She was available in a variety of matronly outfits.

I’m Hanthum is a 7″ thumb sucking boy doll with an oversized head and rooted hair. His sister is called I’m Lonethum. 1977.

Bootniks “The Cutest Doll in the West” looks like a Pee Wee, comes in a vinyl or plastic cowboy boot. 1981.

The International Collection is an 8″ vinyl girl doll with six different international outfits. 1981.

Kupples 8″ Bride and Groom packaged together, vinyl heads and cloth bodies. 1985.

Uneeda Liddle Kiddles doll Uneeda Liddle Kiddles doll Uneeda acquired the Liddle Kiddles name (which previously belonged to Mattel) and manufactured them in the ’90s. There are several series including Clip On, Strap On, Pretty Perfume, Lovely Locket and Bottle Baby. Photos courtesy of eBay seller den268.

Copyright 2013 by Zendelle Bouchard.