Vogue Doll Company

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Mar 032016

Above: Beautiful hard plastic Ginny doll in her original trunk with outfits.

Vogue Dolls was responsible for some of the loveliest and most popular dolls of the 20th century. The company was at its height in the 1950s, when Ginny and Ginnette were imitated by nearly every other doll company in America, clamoring for a share of the market for 8″ dolls and their fashions.

Jennie Graves of Somerville, Massachusetts, began her career in the doll business in 1925 by buying nude dolls, dressing them, and selling them through department stores in the Boston area. She soon hired neighborhood women as home sewers to keep up with demand, and opened her own store, the Vogue Doll Shoppe. Throughout the twenties, thirties and forties, Mrs. Graves purchased dolls from other companies to dress. She began with German bisque head dolls, but soon added celluloid dolls as well as American-made composition, rubber, and even cloth dolls to her lineup. The composition dolls dressed by Vogue were made by Ideal, Arranbee and Madame Alexander.

Composition Dora Lee doll by Vogue Composition Dora Lee doll by Vogue Dora Lee was made from the mid 1930s to 1940s. She is 11″ tall, all composition, jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips. She is unmarked.
Photos courtesy of American Beauty Dolls Shop.

Composition Sportswomen doll by Vogue The Sportswomen Series of 14″ dolls includes a Golfer, Tennis Player and Skater in addition to the Skier pictured at left. They are all composition, jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips, with lovely mohair wigs and high color faces.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

Composition Cynthia doll by Vogue Composition Cynthia doll by Vogue Cynthia was made in 13″ and 18″ sizes. She is all compo and represents a little girl with a chubbier face and body than Dora Lee or the Sportswomen dolls. Some Cynthia dolls have a close mouth and other have an open mouth with teeth.
Photos courtesy of American Beauty Dolls Shop.

Composition Linda doll by Vogue Composition Linda doll by Vogue 19″ Linda is from the 1940s. She may have been part of a series of three “My Sisters and Me” dolls with 13″ Cynthia and 8″ Me (Toddles) dressed in matching outfits. Like most Vogue composition dolls, her name is stamped on the sole of her shoe.
Photos courtesy of American Beauty Dolls Shop.

_waacette (2K) _wave2 (5K) WAAC-ette and WAVE-ette were produced during World War II wearing replicas of the official uniforms of the women’s branches of the US military services. The 13″ composition toddler dolls were possibly produced by Ideal and/or Arranbee. Both closed mouth and open mouth dolls were used. They wear cotton dresses underneath cotton coats (navy blue for WAVE-ette and brown for WAAC-ette), matching hats with military insignia, cotton stockings, tie shoes, and shoulder bags with the letters U.S.A.
Photos courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

Toddles doll by Vogue Toddles doll by Vogue

In 1937, Mrs. Graves began buying 8″ composition dolls from R&B. This was Toddles. After a few years she had renowned doll designed Bernard Lipfert sculpt a new version of the doll. Toddles continued to be made until 1948, when the company switched to hard plastic.
Photos courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

_fgm2 (3K) _fgm1 (3K) This 8″ hard plastic doll was the precursor to Ginny, who became the most popular doll of the 1950s. During this period, the dolls were sold with individual names (pictured at left is Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother) but by the end of 1952, the dolls had become universally known as Ginny. In 1950 the dolls began to be made with sleep eyes.

_nm_brun5 (2K) _nm_lace2 (2K) _nm_ginny1 (3K) In 1952, Ginny began to be sold as a basic doll in her underwear, with outfits available separately. Since Mrs. Graves’ main focus from the beginning had been on Vogue’s beautiful, well made clothing, this was a stroke of genius. Little mothers could now dress their doll for all occasions in everything from day dresses to formal wear to blue jeans. Ginny’s fabulous wardrobe made her the most popular doll of the 1950s.
Photos courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls

Vogue had produced a baby doll called Velva from 1948 to 1951, with a composition head and stuffed latex rubber body. The doll was discontinued when it became apparent that the latex would begin to deteriorate after a few years, and in any case, the company wanted to concentrate all its resources on Ginny.

Ginnette by Vogue Dolls, Inc. But by 1955 they were ready to add more dolls to the lineup, and Ginnette, an 8″ vinyl baby doll was introduced. She was promoted as “Ginny’s baby sister.” Of course, she had extra fashions too. Ginnette was a popular doll, and like Ginny before her, was copied by many other companies.
Photo courtesy of American Beauty Dolls Shop.

_jillad (4K) _vinyljil (1K) In 1957 the family grew again with the addition of “Ginny’s big sister,” Jill, a 10.5″ high-heeled fashion doll with jointed knees. Like her little sisters, she had clothes for every occasion. The hard plastic version of Jill was made through 1960; then in 1962 and ’63, a vinyl version, called All New Jill (pictured at left) was produced.

_ns_jeff (2K) _ns_jan1 (3K) In 1958 and ’59, Vogue grew Ginny’s family again with the additions of 11″ Jeff and and 10.5″ Jan. Both dolls were all vinyl. Jan was meant to be a friend for Jill, while Jeff could be either Jill’s boyfriend or Ginny’s big brother. They were only made for a couple of years. In 1963-64, a new 12″ version of Jan was made, first called Loveable Jan and then Sweetheart Jan. Those later Jan dolls are much harder to find today.

Ginny Baby was introduced as an 18″ all vinyl baby doll in 1959. Over the years, she was made in several sizes. For a few years in the 1960s, Vogue made an 8″ version that is virtually identical to Ginnette. Ginny Baby was made in both rooted hair and molded hair versions. The boxed doll at left is 16″ tall and dates between 1966 and 1971.

Littlest Angel by Vogue Doll Co. Littlest Angel doll by Vogue In 1958, Vogue purchased the Arranbee Doll Co. and further expanded their line with dolls such as Littlest Angel, who was produced with a vinyl head and hard plastic body beginning in 1961. The doll at left is the later all-vinyl version, made from 1967-74. A third version, available through 1980, has a slightly different face. Photos courtesy of American Beauty Dolls Shop.

Vintage Brikette doll by Vogue Vintage Brikette doll by Vogue Brikette was a licensed copy of an Italian doll made by Bonomi. Vogue’s 22″ version was introduced in 1959 and bright orange hair, flirty green eyes and a ball-jointed waist. A year later they introduced a 16″ version who didn’t have the flirty eyes. Platinum blonde and brunette dolls were added to the line as well. She had extra outfits available. The original version of Brikette was made for two years, but was reintroduced in 1979 in a very different version.

Li'l Imp doll by Vogue Li’l Imp is a Littlest Angel doll with orange hair, green eyes and freckles. She was marketed as “Brikette’s kid sister.” She is 11″ tall, with a vinyl head and hard plastic bent-knee walker body. She is marked “R&B” on her head and body.

Vintage Baby Dear doll by Vogue Vintage Baby Dear doll by Vogue Baby Dear was designed by children’s book illustrator Eloise Wilkin. The original version, produced from 1960-64, is a realistic looking baby with vinyl head and floppy limbs, painted eyes, and a cloth body. She was made in 18″ and 12″ sizes.

Vintage Baby Dear doll by Vogue Vintage Baby Dear doll by Vogue In 1964, Baby Dear was redesigned with a new head with sleep eyes. In 1965, she was redesigned again and this final version, pictured at left, was produced until 1980.

Vintage Li'l Dear doll by Vogue The “Dear” line was also expanded with other dolls including Baby Dear One, Too Dear and 8″ Li’l Dear, pictured at left. She has the same head as the smallest version of Ginny Baby, but with the floppy cloth body of Baby Dear.

Mrs. Graves retired in 1960 and her daughter Virginia Carlson took over the company. She in turn retired six years later and her brother-in-law, Edwin Nelson became president of Vogue.

In 1972, Vogue was sold to the Tonka Corporation. They continued to produce Ginny in Far Away Lands outfits, as well as Baby Dear, Littlest Angel and Ginny Baby. They also introduced a few new dolls to the line, including Wash-a-Bye Baby and Precious Baby. Photo of Scotland Ginny courtesy of eBay seller king-auctions.

In 1977, Lesney Products purchased the rights to Vogue’s trademarks from Tonka. One of the lines they produced were the Glitter Girls, 5 1/2″ fashion dolls with extra outfits.

The company changed hands a few more times until it was purchased by the present owners in 1995, and re-launched under the name Vogue Doll Co. Today, the company focuses on Ginny dolls, in classic and contemporary styles, for children as well as collectors. They have introduced a new version of Jill as well. Visit their website at www.voguedolls.com.

If you are interested in learning more about Jill, Jan and Jeff, visit Vicki Broadhurst’s Vogue Jill website.

Learn More:

Collector’s Encyclopedia of
Vogue Dolls
by Judith Izen & Carol Stover
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Dolls by Unknown Manufacturers

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Mar 032016

Above: Cloth doll from the 1939 World’s Fair with mask face and googly eyes. Courtesy of Withington Auction, Inc.

In this section, dolls whose origin is unknown or uncertain are pictured and described, in an effort to aid in their identification and the collector’s enjoyment of them.

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Uneeda Doll Company

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Mar 032016

Above: Walking and Talking Miki dolls from Uneeda’s 1975 catalog.

Uneeda Doll Company, based in New York, has manufactured a wide variety of dolls since 1917. They are best known for their ’50s and ’60s vinyl dolls; multi-jointed Dollikin, fashion dolls Suzette and Miss Suzette, the miniature Pee Wees line and the unusual Little Sophisticates series.

Collecting Uneeda dolls can be confusing, as the company often used the same names for different dolls.

Visit these pages to see photos and descriptions of Uneeda dolls:

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Twentieth Century Dolls
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More Twentieth Century Dolls
from Bisque to Vinyl
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Baby-Boomer Dolls
by Michele Karl
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Polly Ponds Dolls by Citro Manufacturing Co. Inc. (1950s)

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Feb 222016

Citro Manufacturing was located in Brooklyn, New York. They made the 24″ stuffed vinyl Polly Pond’s Bride Doll and Polly Pond’s Beauty Doll, which were advertising tie-ins to Ponds Cold Cream.

Polly Ponds Bride Doll minus her veil.

Body Construction
Both dolls are 24″ tall, with a stuffed vinyl body and soft vinyl head. Their lovely creamy skin tone suits their role as an advertising doll for Pond’s Cold Cream. They are jointed only at the neck, with some type of rigid cylindrical (possibly metal) piece inside her neck which prevents her head from flopping over. They have blue sleep eyes with brush lashes. The Bride has three painted lashes above the outer corner of each eye. Her rooted blonde hair is style in a short curly bubble cut. Her fingernails are painted red, but her toenails are bare. This doll does not have earring holes. The Beauty Doll has painted lashes below her eyes, longer lemon-blonde hair pulled back from her face, unpainted fingernails and pierced ears.

These dolls are completely unmarked.

The Bride wears a long sleeved bridal gown of white taffeta and net with silver threads running through it, trimmed with silver lace; a petticoat of a sort of stiff cheesecloth type fabric which ties at the back; white knit panties; and white plastic heels. On her head she wears a veil made from a circle of white net trimmed with white lace. She carries a bouquet of lilies-of-the-valley. Her dress is untagged, and is fastened at the back with safety pins – no snaps, buttons or other fasteners appear to have been used.

Polly Pond’s Beauty Doll wears a white blouse with short puffed sleeves and a lace trimmed rounded collar with a red bow, and a black and multicolor striped jumper. Underneath she wears a white taffeta slip and panties, and nylon stockings. She has black plastic heels and pearl drop earrings.

The Polly Ponds Beauty Doll has lovely lemon blonde hair.

The Polly Pond’s Bride Doll comes packaged in a white corrugated cardboard box with red printing. She comes with a little booklet extolling her virtues. It has a price of $21.95, which seems like a high price for what is actually an inexpensively made doll. The box also advertises a Polly Pond’s Bridesmaid Doll, but whether this doll was actually made is unknown. See photo below.

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Twixie, the Twisting Pixie doll by Belle

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Feb 212016

Twixie, the Twisting Pixie by Belle Doll and Toy Corp. dates to the late 1950s.

While almost certainly patterned after Uneeda’s successful Dollikin, Twixie remains a favorite of collectors (when they can find her) in her own right. Her lovely girlish face, contrasted with her very sexy grown-up outfit, embodies the period in fashion doll history as few other dolls do. Her wonderful packaging makes her even more desirable as a collectible and as part of mid-twentieth century design history.

Body Construction
Twixie is 20″ tall, with a hard plastic torso and legs, and soft vinyl head and arms. She is jointed at the neck, shoulders, elbows, waist, hips, knees and ankles. Raised dots around the bottom half of her waist joint allow better control when posing her. She is a strung doll.
Her blue sleep eyes have brush lashes, and there are eight painted lashes below each eye. Her medium blonde hair is pulled into a bun, with a spit curl over her right eye. Twixie has red lips, finger- and toenails.

She is marked “P-8” on the back of her neck.

Twixie’s fabulous lounging outfit consists of black pants with two brass buttons at each ankle; a sheer leopard-print blouse that ties around the waist; black lace strapless bra; black elastic-strap heels; and pearl drop earrings. A black velvet bow accents her hairdo, and a black vinyl purse may have been included with her as well.

A Belle doll with the same face as Twixie was sold in a bridal gown, but she does not have the extra joints that Twixie has.

Twixie’s original box is pictured above. Pink, white and black graphics cover the outer box, the inner liner and the frame of the cover. She’s described as “The new flexible wonder doll…she’s almost human!…Thrilling! Educational! Exciting!” and the liner further describes the fun a child can have with Twixie: “I do acrobatic and dance poses…Artists use me for sketching…I’m a swell model for sewing…You’ll love me! I’m loads of fun to play with!” The box most likely had some type of box or seat for her to sit on, which is missing from the photo.

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