Composition and hard plastic dolls by Uneeda Doll Co.

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Apr 102013

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

Uneeda Pink Haired Ballerina doll

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Aug 132012

Going through my files today I found these pictures – I had this doll a long time ago but for some reason never did anything with the pictures. If I recall correctly, she has the same head as Uneeda’s 19″ Dollikin, marked 2S, but she does not have the extra joints that Dollikin has, and her body is lighter weight than their other 2S glamour dolls. She has striking blue eyes and pale pink hair in a cute bubble cut. I believe her pink vinyl shoes are like the flats that Mommy Dollikin and the Dollikin Ballerinas wear. Does anyone have one of these pink haired dolls?

Vintage Uneeda ballerina doll with pink hair
Uneeda Vintage ballerina doll with pink hair

TinyTeen Store Display

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Mar 052012

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.