Jun 112012
 
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This rare and wonderful doll is Talking Terri Lee, made by Mar-Fan, Inc. between 1960 and 1962. This was during the period after the Terri Lee Company had gone out of business, when they leased their molds to other companies to produce.

Talking Terri Lee is 16″ tall and made of vinyl. She looks very similar to other vintage Terri Lees, but she has an important difference. She has a speaker in her head, into which a record player was plugged through a jack on the back of her head. The dolls, records, and especially the record player are very hard to find today. If you have a Talking Terri Lee doll, you can input any device into the jack with the right size audio plug.

Photos courtesy of Ed Hudson.

Mar 052012
 
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Uneeda’s TinyTeen dolls from the late 1960s aren’t widely collected, but they are really cute dolls which were sold in a variety of outfits, as you can see from this store display recently sold on eBay.

TinyTeens are 5″ tall, all vinyl and jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips. They have rooted hair and eyelashes. They are marked “U. D. Co. 1967 Hong Kong”. The original series of 12 dolls came packaged on a pink oval bubble card. They have names like Party Time, Fun Time and Prom Time. Each doll holds an accessory, such as a camera, purse or phone. TinyTeen’s shoes are very small and easily lost.

Uneeda also issued another series of 12 dolls, in rectangular blue packages, with different outfits and no accessory. This series is of lesser quality than the original set, and is harder to find.

TinyTeens are similar to Hasbro’s Dolly Darlings and Mattel’s Liddle Kiddles, and are often found together. A collection of ’60s and ’70s pocket size dolls, which might also include Remco’s Heidi and Topper’s Dawn, would be great fun to put together.

Photos courtesy of SpartanToys Vintage Toy Store.

Please note – Uneeda originally used the “TinyTeen” name in the late 1950s, for a 10.5″ high heeled fashion doll similar to Ideal’s Little Miss Revlon. The company recycled the name again in the mid-seventies for an 8″ doll.

Sep 222011
 
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I have been slowly adding more pictures and descriptions to the Vogue page on the website. This company has an interesting history and I am enjoying getting more familiar with their dolls. I don’t remember ever having a Vogue doll as a child, although the company was located just a few miles from where I grew up in Boston. Here is a picture of Lil Imp, part of the Brikette line, from a Vogue ad. Both dolls were marketed as Ginny’s impish cousins. I love those glasses, don’t  you?