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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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