Composition Scootles Doll by Cameo Doll Co.

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All composition Scootles doll designed by Rose O’Neill and made by Cameo Doll Company.
Photo courtesy of Withington Auction, Inc.

Scootles started out as a character in the Kewpie stories written and illustrated by Rose O’Neill. She is the “baby tourist” who visits the Kewpies in Kewpieville, but Scootles is much better known in doll form.

Scootles has a beautifully modeled baby face with an impish expression.
Photo courtesy of Withington Auction, Inc.

Scootles has been made in several different materials. All-bisque versions were made in Germany and Japan in the 1920s. A cloth Scootles with a painted mask face and yarn hair was made by Richard Krueger in the 1930s. The composition versions by Cameo were produced in the 1930s and ’40s. They sold Scootles in vinyl in the 1960s, and Cameo’s successor, Jesco, continued making them in the ’80s and 90s. Most recently, Scootles has been made in felt by R. John Wright.

All original black Scootles doll by Cameo.
Photo courtesy of Martin Auction Co.

Body Construction
Composition Scootles has molded hair in curls, and usually has painted side-glancing eyes, although dolls with centered eyes and sleep eyes were also sold. She was made in seven sizes from 7.5″ to 20″. A black version was made as well. She is jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips.

This Scootles doll has less common centered eyes.
Photo courtesy of Withington Auction, Inc.

Markings
Composition Scootles dolls are completely unmarked.

Clothing
Scootles came dressed in a cotton sunsuit, socks and oilcloth shoes.

All original Scootles doll by Cameo.
Photo courtesy of Withington Auction, Inc.

Packaging
Scootles came packaged in a box with a picture of a Kewpie doll on the front like the one pictured on the Kewpie page. On the end of the box, she was identified as Scootles Doll of Kewpieville. She has a gold hang tag that identifies her as a Rose O’Neill creation.

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Ideal Baby Mine / Thrift Kit Doll (1951-54)

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Ideal’s Baby Mine doll has unusual painted side-glancing sleep eyes.

11″ Baby Mine is part of the line of inexpensive hard plastic “dress me” dolls produced by Ideal Toy Corp. in the early 1950s. Ideal had previously used the Baby Mine name for a composition doll. Baby Mine has no specified gender, so she could be dressed as either a boy or girl.

Baby Mine is constructed more like a toddler doll than a baby.

Body Construction
Baby Mine is 11″ tall, all hard plastic, with molded light brown hair, painted blue side-glancing sleep eyes, and jointed (strung) shoulders and hips. Despite the name, Baby Mine’s straight legs and flat feet classify her as more of toddler than a baby doll. Her right arm is bent.

Baby Mine’s bent right arm is reminiscent of composition dolls made 20 years earlier.

Markings
Baby Mine is embossed IDEAL DOLL on his back.

Clothing
Baby Mine was sold wearing only a diaper held on with a safety pin. The craft company Bucilla sold “thrift kits” which included all the materials to make outfits for Baby Mine. For this reason, he is also sometimes called the Thrift Kit Doll. You can see photos of the dolls in finished outfits here.

Ad from Fall/Winter 1952-53 issue of McCall’s Needlework magazine. Click on the photo to see a full size version.

Packaging
Baby Mine was sold in a box with a clear cellophane window.



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Dolls & Accessories of the 1950s
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Hard Plastic Dolls
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Revlon Doll Outfits, part 5: Extra Boxed Outfits

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Aug 292015
 
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Scan from 1959 Sears Christmas Book, courtesy of WishbookWeb..

Revlon Deb Doll in one of the extra boxed outfits that were available. This gown was also sold in an aqua version.

Toward the end of production the 15″, 18″ and 20″ Revlon Dolls by Ideal were also sold in a black and white lace-print teddy with black satin ribbon straps. These are called “Deb” dolls. An 18″ doll was sold in a very rare lavender gingham two piece swimsuit. Evening gowns and day dresses were sold separately to dress them in. The gowns are very rare. Some of these extra boxed outfits have the Revlon banner tag on the front of the dress like the dressed dolls, but not all.

Floral print gown sold as an extra boxed outfit for Ideal’s Revlon Doll. It came in blue or multicolor versions as well as the orange.
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  • Pale pink taffeta and tulle with lace overlay on bodice. There is a matching Little Miss Revlon outfit.
  • Pink or aqua jacquard taffeta with one shoulder strap; pink tulle flounce on shoulder with pink flowers. See photo above.
  • Strapless dress with black velvet bodice, brocade skirt in pale pink or blue, with large self bow at waist; pearl jewelry.
  • Large scale floral print in blue, orange or multicolor print, with tulle shoulder straps, bodice overlay and drapery at waist. See photo above.
  • Gown with satin bodice in emerald green or ruby red, with white nylon taffeta skirt. May be strapless or have thin spaghetti straps.
  • 7R2 – Cotton print dress with cowl neckline, waistband and sleeve bands in solid color trim. Available in several color combinations.
  • Taffeta dress in various pastel colors with white and gold swirl print, dropped waist with waistband, sleeve bands.
  • Nylon dress with scattered print of pale red hearts. Lace trim at neckline and armholes. Black ribbon at waist. See photo below.
  • Halter top dress with black velvet bodice and brightly colored cotton print skirt, usually red or blue with black and gold print. The red version matches a Little Miss Revlon outfit.
  • Nylon dresses in various prints with short sleeves, down the front of the bodice there is a strip of black velvet ribbon accented with rhinestones and trimmed on either side with white lace.
  • Mustard yellow cotton print blouse and skirt with black and white rickrack edging on blouse.
  • Aqua faille coat with white collar and cuffs. Little Miss Revlon has a matching coat.

    Extra boxed outfit for Ideal’s Revlon Doll.

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  • Revlon Doll Outfits, part 4: Special Outfits

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    In addition to the three regular lines of Ideal’s Revlon DollsKissing Pink, Cherries a la Mode, and Queen of Diamonds – there were also outfits that were only available on special dolls.

    Snow Peach Bride is a long sleeved lace bridal gown; tulle veil with lace trim and crown of orange blossoms; bouquet with trailing white streamers; drop pearl earrings and necklace; solitaire ring; white shoes.

    Bendable leg dolls wear an outfit known as Fifth Avenue, consisting of print pants, sleeveless knit bodyblouse and cotton fleece coat. It was made in several color combinations. A few rare dolls have been found in a pink or blue paisley print cotton dress. Scan from the 1958 Sears Christmas Book, courtesy of Wishbook Web.

    Walking Revlon Dolls were sold in exclusive outfits. See the Walking Dolls page for more info.

    Happi-Time Revlon dolls have a small Ideal tag sewn inside the dress rather than the banner tag on the outside. These were sold in the Sears catalog under their Happi-Time label. Learn more on the Happi-Time Revlon Dolls page.

    Revlon Glamour Dolls were sold in various evening gowns, in 22″ and (rarest of the rare) 25″ sizes only:

    • Yellow or blue tulle gown with wide black scalloped lace trim on bodice, hem and matching stole; rhinestone jewelry; black elastic strap heels.
    • Same as above, in white with white lace, as a bridal gown.
    • Navy nylon organza with white lace trim; full attached petticoat of navy netting over a a navy satin taffeta petticoat with organza trim at the bottom; black velvet ribbon choker decorated with rhinestones; rhinestone teardrop earrings; black high heels with black elastic studded with a single metal ornament.
    • Pink tiered lace strapless gown with blue ribbon tie across bodice; pearl jewelry.

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    Revlon Doll Outfits, part 3: Queen of Diamonds

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    Ideal Revlon Dolls dressed in Queen of Diamonds outfits. At left, lace and tulle; right, velveteen bodice and taffeta skirt with gold metallic threads.

    Ideal’s highest priced line of Revlon dolls were dressed in outfits called Queen of Diamonds. These featured more expensive fabrics, such as taffeta, velveteen and lace, often accompanied by a real fur stole; rhinestone earrings, necklace and solitaire ring. Shoes were usually black but sometimes matched the color of the dress.

    This Queen of Diamonds ensemble had a velveteen coat, and a scarf of the same gold lame as the dress bodice. A variation had a red coat.

    • Pale pink tulle and white lace dress with tiered skirt. See photo at top.
    • Red velveteen bodice with short sleeves; white taffeta skirt with horizontal and vertical gold threads; fur stole. See photo at top.
    • Sleeveless dress with gold metallic bodice, red cotton full skirt with black and gold print; red or black velvet coat; long gold scarf to match bodice fabric. See photo above.
    • Aqua, blue, green, red, pink or yellow brocade taffeta with net yoke, sleeves and sash; fur stole. See photo below.
    • Red, blue, teal or green velveteen dress with short sleeves, pink taffeta sash that ties into a bow in the back; rabbit fur stole. See photo at bottom.
    • Polished cotton dress in pink or red with white squared collar, plastic pin on bodice.

    Taffeta brocade Queen of Diamonds dress came in several color variations.

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    Collector’s Guide to
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    Revlon Dolls &
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    Dolls & Accessories of the 1950s
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