Apr 122013
 
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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.

Apr 102013
 
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Uneeda’s golden age began in the late 1950s with Suzette and Dollikin, two high heeled glamour dolls with grown-up figures. As the sixties dawned, they turned to slimmer Barbie-type fashion dolls including Miss Suzette and Wendy.

This is a partial list which will be added to as information is available.

Uneeda 10 Uneeda Tinyteen doll TinyTeen & Suzette are 10.5″ all vinyl high-heeled dolls patterned after Ideal‘s successful Little Miss Revlon doll. Suzette was an exclusive for Grant’s department stores. The dolls are very similar but TinyTeen is jointed at the waist while Suzette is not. Read more about them at the Tinyteen & Suzette page. Photos courtesy of Valerie Myers. Also see Bob, Suzette’s boyfriend, below.
Dollikin by Uneeda Dollikin ballerina by Uneeda Dollikin is a multi-jointed glamour doll. The 19″ size is more often found than the rare 14″ version. Visit the Dollikin page and the Dollikin Ballerina page for more info. The Dollikin name was reused in the ’70s and ’80s for a multijointed Barbie size doll.
Mommy Dollikin & Her Lovable Baby by Uneeda Dollikin was also sold in a couple of other variations. Visit the Mommy Dollikin page and the Miss Twist page for more info on these.
Uneeda glamour bride doll Pink Haired ballerina doll by Uneeda Uneeda also used the Dollikin head mold for other dolls that did not have her extra joints. Visit the Other Glamour Dolls page and the Pink Haired Ballerina page for more info.
Wee Three dolls by Uneeda Wee Three is a family set of mother, little girl and baby boy packaged together. Mother has the Dollikin head mold on a regular glamour body. Circa 1960. Visit the Wee Three page for more details. Photo courtesy of Mary Kangas.

Wendy fashion doll by Uneeda Wendy fashion doll by Uneeda Wendy is a Barbie-sized doll. She is often sold under the Elite label. She had extra outfits available. This doll was also sold as Suzette in Canada. Photos courtesy of ebay seller bouchy.
Wendy fashion doll by Uneeda Rare black version of Wendy. Photo courtesy of eBay seller Connectibles.

Miss Suzette doll by Uneeda Miss Suzette doll by Uneeda Miss Suzette is an 11″ fashion doll with exotic looking painted side glancing eyes, and rooted hair only around the perimeter of her scalp. She has a very unusual body construction with the tops of her legs forming her buttocks. She was a Grant’s exclusive and is dated on her back 1962. Of all of Uneeda’s teen fashion dolls, she is the most highly sought after.

Bob dolls by Uneeda Suzette’s boyfriend is Bob. The shorter version was the companion to the 10.5″ Suzette (see top of page); the taller, slimmer version was made to go with Miss Suzette. Both versions of Bob were Grant’s exclusives, and had extra outfits. Photo courtesy of eBay seller franklin2000 .

Children of All Nations Italy doll by Uneeda Miss Suzette variations: Wendy Ward is the same doll as Miss Suzette but with sleep eyes. She was a Montgomery Ward exclusive. and was made in two versions: one with rooted hair in a swirl ponytail style, and one with molded hair and wigs. Miss Debutante is the same doll as Wendy Ward except that her hairstyle is rooted in a ponytail with bangs. She is extremely rare. Children of All Nations, same as Miss Debutante, is dressed in costumes of different countries. Pictured at left is Italy. Photo courtesy of eBay seller hug*a*pug.

Betsy McCall doll by Uneeda Betsy McCall is an 11.5″ fashion doll size version of Betsy with sleep eyes. 1964. Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

Dollikin by Uneeda Action Dolllikin by Uneeda Uneeda reused the Dollikin name for a 11.5″ multi-jointed doll – In 1969 she was sold as Fashion Dollikin in a ponytail hairstyle with bangs. In 1973 she was sold as Action Dollikin, the only change was that her hair style was in a swirl across her forehead. Fashion Dollikin photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls. Action Dollikin photo courtesy of eBay seller art-in-mind.

Uneeda got into growing hair dolls in the ’70s. Magic Meg, also called Miss Deb, is a 15″ teen tall who came in a variety of outfits. She was the same doll used for Vermont Maid. Poni and Missy are 19″ vinyl high-heeled dolls with the Dollikin face.

Jennifer 18″ slim teen body, rooted hair, painted side glancing eyes. 1973.

Clover 15″ slim body, long rooted hair, sleep eyes. 1973.



Triki Miki is a 6″ multi-jointed fashion doll. She could wear the same clothes as Topper’s Dawn doll. She was a Woolworth’s exclusive. 1970s. The same doll was also sold as Little Miss Dollikin.
Uneeda Miki fashion doll Uneeda Miki fashion doll Miki is an 11.5″ fashion doll. The “Streak ‘n Frost” series had frosted hair in various styles and colors, with a smiling face. 1980s. Photos courtesy of eBay seller den268.



Copyright 2013 by Zendelle Bouchard

Apr 102013
 
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Uneeda is mostly known for the vinyl dolls they made from the late fifties through the early seventies, such as Dollikin and Miss Suzette; but the company had a long history of producing beautiful composition, hard plastic, and a few cloth dolls before then. This is a very partial list which will be added to as more information comes along.

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25″ all composition baby, open-closed mouth with two painted teeth, painted hair and eyes, jointed at neck, shoulders, hips. Circa 1918.

Sweetums is a Mama doll, composition head and limbs on cloth body with swing legs. Tin sleep eyes, open mouth with two teeth. Circa late 1920s. Photos of her here. Uneeda is still using the Sweetums name for its line of infant dolls.

12″ all compo toddler boy and girl twins, molded hair, dressed in matching red and white outfits, no names, closed mouths, brown sleep eyes. 1940.

Carmen composition doll by Uneeda Carmen composition doll by Uneeda Carmen is a 14″ jointed composition doll with red mohair wig, 1948. Red taffeta gown with gold braid trim, black lace half-length overskirt and mantilla. Her box and tag read “As inspired by Rita Hayworth’s portrayal of Carmen in ‘The Loves of Carmen.’” See more photos here. Photos courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

The Cutest Little Red Headed Doll is a 17″ all composition girl doll, red mohair wig, blue sleep eyes, open mouth with two teeth. She wears a white short sleeved blouse and green gingham pinafore dress with yellow ribbons on her blouse and in her hair. She was a tie-in to a hit song of the day. 1940s. You can see photos of her here.

In the short window between the composition doll era and the vinyl doll era, Uneeda sold hard plastic dolls as many other companies did. These are not marked with the Uneeda name so may have been purchased from another manufacturer. You can see two lovely examples here.



Copyright 2013 by Zendelle Bouchard

Nov 302012
 
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I am posting these pictures in hopes that someone will know more about this doll. She is 24″ tall with a vinyl head with rooted hair and sleep eyes, and a one-piece stuffed vinyl body, with feet shaped to wear high heels. She was originally purchased in a supermarket like many of the Deluxe Reading dolls; but her distinctive face closely resembles Taffy by Arranbee and Patricia Walker by Effanbee. However, both of those dolls had jointed hard plastic bodies. If you know anything about this doll, please post a comment below.

Unknown lady doll with stuffed vinyl body

Photo courtesy of Wendy Jamrus

Unknown lady doll with stuffed vinyl body

Photo courtesy of Wendy Jamrus





Copyright 2012 by Zendelle Bouchard

Sep 242012
 
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Valentine Dolls, Inc. is best known for the many ballerina dolls they produced in the late fifties and early sixties, such as Doreena Ballerina. But the company also made other types of dolls, including the babies pictured below, scanned from an undated catalog.

Cuddle Love vintage baby doll by Valentine Dolls, Inc.

Vintage Darling Baby doll by Valentine Dolls, Inc.

Weep 'n Sleep baby doll by Valentine Dolls, Inc.

Copyright 2012 by Zendelle Bouchard