Abigail Adams is 17.5″ tall, with a porcelain shoulder head, arms and legs on a cloth body. Her head was made by artist Diana Lence Crosby as the souvenir for the United Federation of Doll Clubs’ convention, held in Boston in 1978. The design of the doll’s head was modeled after the earliest known portrait of Abigail Adams, painted at the time of her marriage to John Adams in 1764.
As was customary in the earlier days of UFDC, convention attendees received the head of the doll only, and had to purchase the limbs and make the body and clothes themselves, or have it finished by a third party. This example of Abigail is especially well dressed. She wears a two piece dress made with antique fabric, lace and tiny buttons. Underneath she has a cotton chemise, corset, bust pads to give her a little shape, cotton petticoat and wool petticoat. This doll received two red ribbons for her costuming in 1979, but unfortunately, the name of the seamstress was not recorded.
Convention attendees also received the souvenir journal, which includes a paper doll of Abigail by Pat Stall.
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Advertising dolls provide an interesting look at the history of consumer products in America. Who remembers Force cereal, Blatz beer or Fletcher’s Castoria? But through their advertising and trademark characters, these products will live forever.
Most advertising dolls are made of cloth, simple “pancake” dolls with one piece for the front and one for the back, stitched together and stuffed. Some were printed on fabric and sold by the piece, to be stitched and stuffed at home. But there are advertising dolls of all materials, including vinyl, hard plastic, composition and even cast iron.
There are several types of advertising dolls. The most popular and familiar dolls promote the company’s trademark character. This might be Tony the Tiger for Frosted Flakes cereal; the Campbell Kids for Campbell’s Soup; or Aunt Jemima for the pancake mix made by Quaker Oats. Another type of advertising doll is the licensed doll. This doll, like Ideal’s Little Miss Revlon or Toni by Ideal and American Character, incorporates the name and concept of the product without actually being used in the company’s own advertising. The least desirable type of advertising doll is the premium doll, which is used by the company to sell product (“Send in 3 boxtops and 25 cents”) but otherwise has no connection to the product. One example of this type is the Fun Fair clown offered by Kellogg’s in 1973. A fourth type of advertising doll, and the hardest to find, are the dolls that were not made available to the general public, but used solely as display pieces in stores. One example is the RCA Victor Sellin’ Fool doll made to be displayed in RCA dealerships in the ’20s. The doll was based on an illustration by Maxfield Parrish and is very hard to find today.
Advertising dolls are still being sold today, although they are far more likely to take the form of teddy bears than dolls.
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|Two slightly different variations of the Ceresota Boy from 1912,
advertising the company’s flour. This is a cut and sew doll, beautifully printed in oil colors. His hat brim gives three dimensional interest.
|Kellogg’s 10″ Johnny Bear dates from 1926. The cut and sew panel was
available for 10 cents plus one box top from Kellogg’s cereals. He was part of a set with
Goldilocks, Papa Bear and Mama Bear.
|Aunt Jemima is one of the most recognizable trademark characters in
American history. She and her family have been made in doll form since 1895. This cut and sew version is from 1929.
|This rare Hotpoint character has a composition head and segmented wood body. He was probably made by Cameo, as they made other dolls in this style. He dates from about 1930 and may have been a store display or promotional doll. Photo courtesy of eBay seller lchristoo.|
|Captain Bill and Stewardess Sue, “the Mainliner Dolls” were produced by the Toyad Corp. of Latrobe, PA in 1940 as a tie-in with United Airlines. They are 7″ tall, made of rubber, and were sold in stores as a set for $1.00.|
|Kleeko the Eskimo was the trademark character for Cliquot Club beverages. This doll is stuffed vinyl fabric, date unknown, but probably mid-twentieth century.|
|Colgate Palmolive’s 8″ Fab Picture Doll was a premium for Fab Detergent. She was
available for $1 plus one Fab box top in 1957.
|The Janzten Girl was a 10.5″ vinyl high heeled doll sold by Valentine in 1957 as a tie in to Jantzen clothing. She came with a complete wardrobe of clothing.|
|Ideal’s Revlon Doll (shown far left), available in four sizes, and 10″ Little Miss Revlon licensed the name of the cosmetics line in the late 1950s. They are very high quality dolls, and were widely imitated.|
|Polly Ponds Beauty Doll and Polly Ponds Bride Doll were made by Citro Manufacturing in the late fities or early sixties, as a tie in to Ponds Cold Cream. She is 24″ tall.|
|Little Mr. Bad Boy was produced by Earle Pullan and other Canadian companies in 1961 as a promotion for the Bad Boy Furniture Company. Photo courtesy of eBay seller Connectibles.|
|Miss Babbitt is a strange doll that combines a hard plastic Ginny-type head on a slim vinyl fashion doll body. She was offered by Bab-O Cleanser in the early sixties.|
|Elsie has been the spokescow of the Borden Company since 1937. She was first made in a 15″ plush version with vinyl head in the 1950s. The doll pictured has the same vinyl head, but a woven cloth body, and she is 21″ tall. She is missing her hat, collar and shoes. Her date of manufacture is unknown. Elsie’s calves Beauregard, Latabee and Lobelia have also been made. Photos courtesy of eBay seller art-in-mind.|
|Vermont Maid is a 15″ vinyl doll made by Uneeda in 1964 for Vermont Maid Syrup. She is marked “U // 16” on the back of her head.|
|This bizarre cloth doll from 1968 was one of four offered by the Brunswick Corporation to promote bowling.|
|This is the first version of Tony the Tiger, offered by Kellogg’s Sugar Frosted Flakes in 1970. He is 13″ tall with a fabric head and furry body.|
|Gilbert Giddyup is a stuffed cloth doll that was available from Hardee’s restaurants in 1971.|
|Ronald McDonald, the face of McDonald’s Corporation, has been made in doll form since 1971. The doll pictured is the first version of Ronald. He is a 16″ stuffed cloth doll and was available only from the restaurants. The following year a Hamburglar doll was offered. In 1976, Remco made vinyl versions of all the McDonald’s characters for sale in retail stores. Photo courtesy of eBay seller silverknight52.|
|Campbell Kids dolls have been made in many different materials over several decades. The pair of 10″ vinyl dolls at far left dates from 1971, and were available for $2 each plus two soup labels. The 16.5″ cloth dolls shown were sold at retail stores in 1973. Photos of cloth dolls courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.|
|Charlie the Tuna, Starkist’s clueless trademark character, was available in several different cloth premium versions in the 1970s. The vinyl figure shown was probably sold in retail stores, and is also from that era. He was made by Product People, Inc. More recently, Charlie has been made in beanie and plush versions. Photos courtesy of eBay seller art-in-mind.|
|Kellogg’s offered three different Fun Fair Clowns as premiums in 1973.|
|The Texaco Cheerleader doll was sold at Texaco gas stations in 1973. She is a Barbie-sized doll, and is marked Hong Kong. Photo courtesy of eBay seller art-in-mind.|
|Closeup Toothpaste offered 6 vinyl Disney Characters as premiums in 1974.|
|17″ Tropic-Ana cloth doll was offered for $2.00 on cartons of orange juice in 1977.|
|The Gerber Baby has been made in several different versions by various companies since 1936. The dolls pictured each have a vinyl head and limbs on a cloth body. The doll at far left, made by Atlanta Novelty in 1979, is 17″ long with flirty eyes that look from side to side. The doll at near left is from 1989, made by Lucky Industrial. She is 16″ long and has sleep eyes with very stiff lashes, and strange orange lip paint. Photo of 1979 doll courtesy of Martin Auction Co.|
|Missy and The Wrangler advertised Wrangler clothing. They were made by Ertl in the early 1980s. They are 11.5″ tall and each had a few extra outfits. Photos courtesy of eBay seller franklin2000.|
|Snap, Crackle and Pop are the trademark characters for Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal. The little elves were designed by illustrator Vernon Grant in the 1930s and have been made several times in doll form. The dolls shown are by Product People and probably date to the 1980s. The same dolls in different boxes are shown here on Amazon.com.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller art-in-mind.
|Handy Andy Home Improvement Centers was a midwestern US chain of big-box hardware stores that was in business from 1980 until 1996. Mr. Handy Andy is a plush doll about 14″ tall with faux fur hair, eyebrows and moustache. He wears denim jeans, a red shirt and green vest.
Photos courtesy of eBay seller art-in-mind.
|There have been at least four different dolls made to advertise Swiss Miss Cocoa. The first two came out in 1962 – you can see them here on the Jolly Toys page. In 1977, there was a cloth version, and in 1990, they issued the 14″ doll pictured at left, who has a vinyl head and hands on a cloth body, with yarn hair.|
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Collette by Cragstan Industries is an unusual doll mannequin whose body pops apart to fit her clothing pieces onto her. There is no date on the box or doll, but the patent (2964873) was granted in 1960, so she was likely manufactured in 1961 or ’62. American Character made a similar doll called Popi, but she has fewer joints than Collette.
Cragstan Industries was better known for the mechanical toys and novelties they imported, but they did sell some dolls, which were made in Hong Kong. The company had offices in New York City and a warehouse in Bayonne, NJ. They began in business as Craig-Stanton Sales Corp. in 1954. By 1961 they were doing business under the name Cragstan Industries. The company dissolved in 1988.
Collette She measures 9 1/4″ tall, and is all vinyl with pop-apart jointed at her neck (two places), shoulders, mid-bust and waist. Her hips are also jointed, but the legs are not removable. The two pieces of her torso are molded in black to make it appear that she is wearing a strapless teddy or swimsuit. The lower edge of her neck piece is beaded to look like she is wearing a necklace. She has painted blue side-glancing eyes, and a dark blonde wig pulled back into a bun. See back view.
Collette comes with a sheet of fabric with her outfit pieces printed in multiple colors. She can be “dressed” by cutting out and positioning the clothing pieces to make six different outfits, as shown on the front of the box. Some of the pieces can also be mixed and matched to make variations. Collette comes wearing black flat shoes.
Collette’s box opens up to display her on a stage. A four page insert included with her explains the process of dressing her. See page 1 – page 2 – page 3 – page 4.
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This unusual Little Ladies Sewing Set combines two paper dolls with clothing to sew for them.
The two dolls, printed one side on heavy cardboard, measure 8.25″ tall including their stands. The separate cardboard stand pieces enable the dolls to stand by themselves.
There are three pieces of cotton fabric which can be stitched up to make very simple dresses. Besides the rose printed piece on top, there is also a piece of pale pink seersucker, and a piece of pale pink and navy blue striped seersucker. A card wrapped with five colors of cotton thread is included.
The box is marked “No. 60, Made in U.S.A., Rosebud Art Co., Ind. N.Y.” There is no date.
American Toy Works made a similar but more elaborate set. The dolls in that set have jointed elbows.
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Uneeda’s golden age began in the late 1950s with Suzette and Dollikin, two high heeled glamour dolls with grown-up figures. As the sixties dawned, they turned to slimmer Barbie-type fashion dolls including Miss Suzette and Wendy.
This is a partial list which will be added to as information is available.
|TinyTeen & Suzette are 10.5″ all vinyl high-heeled dolls patterned after Ideal‘s successful Little Miss Revlon doll. Suzette was an exclusive for Grant’s department stores. The dolls are very similar but TinyTeen is jointed at the waist while Suzette is not. Read more about them at the Tinyteen & Suzette page. Photos courtesy of Valerie Myers. Also see Bob, Suzette’s boyfriend, below.|
|Dollikin is a multi-jointed glamour doll. The 19″ size is more often found than the rare 14″ version. Visit the Dollikin page and the Dollikin Ballerina page for more info. The Dollikin name was reused in the ’70s and ’80s for a multijointed Barbie size doll.|
|Dollikin was also sold in a couple of other variations. Visit the Mommy Dollikin page and the Miss Twist page for more info on these.|
|Uneeda also used the Dollikin head mold for other dolls that did not have her extra joints. Visit the Other Glamour Dolls page and the Pink Haired Ballerina page for more info.|
|Wee Three is a family set of mother, little girl and baby boy packaged together. Mother has the Dollikin head mold on a regular glamour body. Circa 1960. Visit the Wee Three page for more details. Photo courtesy of Mary Kangas.|
|Wendy is a Barbie-sized doll. She is often sold under the Elite label. She had extra outfits available. This doll was also sold as Suzette in Canada. Photos courtesy of ebay seller bouchy.|
|Rare black version of Wendy. Photo courtesy of eBay seller Connectibles.|
|Suzette’s boyfriend is Bob. The shorter version was the companion to the 10.5″ Suzette (see top of page); the taller, slimmer version was made to go with Miss Suzette. Both versions of Bob were Grant’s exclusives, and had extra outfits. Photo courtesy of eBay seller franklin2000 .|
|Miss Suzette variations: Wendy Ward is the same doll as Miss Suzette but with sleep eyes. She was a Montgomery Ward exclusive. and was made in two versions: one with rooted hair in a swirl ponytail style, and one with molded hair and wigs. Miss Debutante is the same doll as Wendy Ward except that her hairstyle is rooted in a ponytail with bangs. She is extremely rare. Children of All Nations, same as Miss Debutante, is dressed in costumes of different countries. Pictured at left is Italy. Photo courtesy of eBay seller hug*a*pug.|
|Betsy McCall is an 11.5″ fashion doll size version of Betsy with sleep eyes. 1964. Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.|
|Uneeda reused the Dollikin name for a 11.5″ multi-jointed doll – In 1969 she was sold as Fashion Dollikin in a ponytail hairstyle with bangs. In 1973 she was sold as Action Dollikin, the only change was that her hair style was in a swirl across her forehead. Fashion Dollikin photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls. Action Dollikin photo courtesy of eBay seller art-in-mind.|
|Triki Miki is a 6″ multi-jointed fashion doll. She could wear the same clothes as Topper’s Dawn doll. She was a Woolworth’s exclusive. 1970s. The same doll was also sold as Little Miss Dollikin.|
|Miki is an 11.5″ fashion doll. The “Streak ‘n Frost” series had frosted hair in various styles and colors, with a smiling face. 1980s. Photos courtesy of eBay seller den268.|
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