Jul 142013
 
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My Toy is primarily known for their dolls and animals with vinyl faces and plush bodies, but they made a variety of dolls and toys in the 1960s.

Some My Toy products:

My Toy Pajama Bag This Plush Pal pajama bag is typical of many of My Toy’s vinyl face dolls, except that instead of a full plush body, she has just the arms and torso, and her lower half is a zippered, lined pajama bag. She measures about 15″ tall, with hair rooted only around the top of her face. She probably dates to the late fifties or early sixties.
My Toy Half Pint doll Half Pints are 4.25″ dolls, with oversized heads and vinyl bodies wired for posability. Marked on the back of the head: 1966 MY TOY CO INC. They came with cool little accessories. The doll in the blue sleeper came in a yellow crib with rattle, comb, brush. The girl dolls all have the same face mold, there is also a boy doll dressed as a railroad engineer, with a different face. They don’t appear to have individual names. See more here: http://webspace.webring.com/people/ml/liddledolls/stories.html

Tiny Terry is 6″ tall, with the same head as the smaller girl dolls, but a more proportional body, jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips. She was sold in various outfits with a small accessory, such as a poodle or phone. She has long straight hair with bangs in various shades, including bright orange.

A very rare and highly sought after My Toy doll is Witchiepoo, from the television show H.R. Pufnstuf, made in 1970. She is 20″ tall, with a green vinyl head, hands and feet, orange yarn hair and a cloth body.



Telephone Pioneers of America Dolls (1980s)

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Jul 022013
 
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Telephone Pioneers of America fundraising doll

Photo courtesy of eBay seller dreamalong.

The Telephone Pioneers of America, now known as Pioneers – A Volunteer Network, is a nonprofit volunteer organization of current and former telecommunications industry employees. In the early 1980s they sold dolls as a fundraiser. The 15.5″ doll pictured was made by A&H and represents a phone operator of the 1890s. She is all vinyl, jointed, with sleep eyes and rooted hair. They also sold a doll dressed in a contemporary repair person’s uniform. Black and white versions were available.

Photo courtesy of eBay seller dreamalong.



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Miss Marie dolls by Woolworth's

Photos courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

In the early 1960s, the Woolworth’s chain of discount stores offered several exclusive dolls which they trademarked under the names Miss Marie, Little Miss Marie and Baby Marie. They were all fashion dolls, with extra outfits available. The actual manufacturers are unknown; only the Woolworth’s name appears on the dolls’ boxes. Accessories, like the Baby Marie carrying case pictured below, have also been found.

Body Construction
Miss Marie is 10″ tall, all vinyl and flange jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips. She has gray sleep eyes with molded lashes, and no painted lashes. Her hair is rooted in a side part style, in various shades. She has earring holes with drop pearl earrings. Her fingernails are painted red but her toenails are unpainted. This doll is nearly identical to the doll on the Circle P page. The only difference is that her head is molded slightly thicker at the neck opening. Miss Marie is one of many dolls that were created to compete with Ideal’s Little Miss Revlon.

Woolworth's exclusive Miss Marie doll

Markings
The unboxed Miss Marie pictured is marked with a capital letter E on the back of her head below the hairline.

Clothing
She was sold in a variety of simple dresses. In addition to the two pictured above, her other outfits include a wedding gown and a day dress with large orange and brown polka dots. Her dresses fasten in the back with a white donut-ring type snap marked “SK LIKITS RAU”. She also wears white nylon tricot panties and white plastic heels with a bow molded across the instep. Extra boxed outfits were available.

Other Marie Dolls
Little Miss Marie was made in two versions, both 8″ tall. One version is a vinyl high heeled doll similar to Little Miss Ginger and Little Miss Nancy Ann. The other is a flat-footed walker similar to American Character’s Betsy McCall.
Baby Marie is an 8″ vinyl baby, similar to Vogue’s Ginnette.



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Grannykins / Grandma dolls by Royal & Jolly

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May 062013
 
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Grannykins / Grandma doll by Royal Doll Co. & Jolly Toys

Grannykins sold by Royal Doll Co. and Grandma sold by Jolly Toys are the same doll. They have the face and hair of an older woman, with a regular high heeled glamour doll body, and date to the late fifties/early sixties. Because dolls have been found with a variety of markings, it is not certain which company actually made them. A rare Grandpa doll was made as well.

Body Construction
The Grandma doll pictured is 19″ tall, all vinyl, jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips. She has salt-and-pepper hair pulled back in a bun, with curly bangs. She has gray-green sleep eyes with brush lashes, and pale pink lips and fingernails. Her ears are pierced. Other dolls were made with all white hair, or styled in a widow’s peak without the bangs. Some dolls are jointed at the waist.

Grannykins / Grandma doll by Royal Doll Co. & Jolly Toys

Markings
The doll pictured is marked 20-5-SG on her upper back, with nothing on her head. Some dolls are marked “A ROYAL DOLL” with a copyright symbol on the back of their heads. Other dolls are completely unmarked.

Clothing
This Grandma wears an evening gown with a black velvet bodice and black nylon skirt flocked with white stripes and glitter. She carries a black velvet stole lined in silver lame, accented with a rose. Underneath she wears a plain, stiff petticoat and nylon panty. She has nylons and plastic heels as well. Her jewelry consists of a pearl necklace and drop pearl earrings. The Granny dolls were either sold in long prairie style dresses, or more modern evening gowns like this one. Some Granny dolls were sold wearing glasses.

Grannykins / Grandma doll by Royal Doll Co. & Jolly Toys

Packaging
Granny dolls were sold in boxes with a large cello window in the front to display them.

See more Granny dolls at the Deluxe Doll House website.



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Composition and hard plastic dolls by Uneeda Doll Co.

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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.



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