Aimee Doll by Hasbro

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Sep 302012
 
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In 1972, Hasbro introduced Aimée, an 18″ doll with an unusual hair play feature. She has holes in her head, into which hairpieces and wigs with special plugs will fit. Besides the long cotton dress with gold braid trim that she was sold in, Aimée had six extra gowns that could be purchased, and six extra hairpieces.

Aimée was Hasbro’s response to the overwhelming popularity of Ideal’s Crissy family of dolls, who had a “growing hair” feature and a great mod wardrobe.

Hasbro’s 1972 doll catalog pictures prototypes of Aimée, her fashions and wigs. The actual dolls produced are a little bit different, her original outfit and box are completely different from the catalog photos.

To see lots more photos of dolls and outfits, visit the Aimée page on Beth Colvin’s wonderful Crissy website.

Aimee Doll in 1972 Hasbro dolls catalog

Scan from 1972 Hasbro dolls catalog

Aimee Doll in 1972 Hasbro dolls catalog

Scan from 1972 Hasbro dolls catalog

Aimee Doll in 1972 Hasbro dolls catalog

Scan from 1972 Hasbro dolls catalog

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Copyright 2012 by Zendelle Bouchard

Composition Kewpie dolls by Cameo Doll Company

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Sep 122012
 
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The Cameo Doll Company produced Kewpie dolls, first in composition, then in hard plastic and vinyl, over an almost fifty year period.

Kewpies were created in 1909 by American artist Rose O’Neill as cupid-like imps in her illustrations for Women’s Home Companion magazine. Three years later, George Borgfeldt, a major doll distributor, licensed the rights to produce Kewpies as dolls. Joseph Kallus, a teenaged art student, helped develop them into a three-dimensional form. These first Kewpies were produced in bisque by German manufacturers. The first composition Kewpies had only head and hands of compo; the rest of the doll’s body was stuffed cloth. These were advertised in the 1921 Sears catalog and were probably contracted by Borgfeldt as well.

In 1922 Mr. Kallus founded the Cameo Doll Company, and began producing all-composition Kewpies. This scan from the 1922 Sears catalog shows the early compo Kewpie with legs molded together like the German bisque version. The molded pedestal is painted blue to match Kewpie’s wings. This style of doll was also produced without the pedestal, and some of these were talcum powder containers.

Composition Kewpie doll by Cameo

Scan from 1922 Sears catalog.

Cameo’s next version of Kewpie was still jointed only at the shoulders, but had a wider stance with legs separated. Like the first version, this Kewpie was sold nude with a label on his chest, and had eyes glancing to the right.

Composition Kewpie doll by Cameo

Photos courtesy of Lisa Hanson

Photo courtesy of Withington Auction, Inc.

In the 1940’s Kewpie was jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips. He was dressed in a cotton print sunsuit, shoes and socks. He had lost his label and his wings, and his eyes now glanced to the left. Kewpie now looked less like a fantasy character and more like a human toddler.

Composition Kewpie doll by Cameo

Photo courtesy of Lisa Hanson

Composition Kewpie doll by Cameo

Photo courtesy of Lisa Hanson

Kewpie’s box featured a rather scary-looking photo.

Composition Kewpie doll by Cameo

Photo courtesy of Withington Auction, Inc.

Cameo produced other dolls in composition as well, including Scootles and Giggles, who were also designed by Rose O’Neill. They went on to make Kewpie in many different vinyl versions, until the company closed in 1969. Kewpies continued to be produced by other firms under license into the 21st century.

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Copyright 2012-2015 by Zendelle Bouchard.

Sep 052012
 
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I read somewhere that if you have three of something, you have a collection. Well I guess that makes me a collector of Raggedy Ann and Andy! Let me introduce you to my dolls.

Raggedy Ann and Andy illustration by Johnny Gruelle

Raggedy Ann and Andy sprang from the imagination of Johnny Gruelle, an artist and illustrator from Connecticut. His young daughter Marcella found an old faceless rag doll in the attic, and he gave it a face, and made up stories about the doll to entertain her. After Marcella died at age 13, he published the stories as a book. She had loved Raggedy Ann so much, he patented a design and had family members make dolls for sale. The first commercially produced Raggedy Ann and Andy were made by P.F. Volland in 1920. They have been continually in production by various companies ever since.

Sewing patterns to make your own Raggedy Ann and Andy have been available since 1940. Two of my Raggedy pairs are homemade. This pair is 18″ tall, with red yarn hair, black button eyes and appliqued noses. You’ll notice they don’t match exactly – Ann has plaid legs and corduroy shoes, while Andy’s legs are black and white striped, and his shoes are a different ribbed material.

Vintage homemade Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls

My other homemade pair stands 20″ tall, with yellow yarn hair and embroidered features. They don’t quite match either! Ann has a nose and mouth to match her hair, while Andy’s are rose colored. His eyes have pupils and hers don’t. And although they both have striped legs, they are of different fabrics. Originally I had planned to keep just one pair; but I never could decide which pair I liked better.

Vintage homemade Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls

My newest pair of Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls arrived in the mail last week. These are the new dolls being produced by Aurora World, and they were kind enough to send me a sample. I was happy to see these latest versions still have the sweetness and charm that have made Raggedy Ann and Andy the best loved dolls of all time.

Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls by Aurora World.

I have very few memories of my childhood. But I do remember the very first doll I owned, Raggedy Ann. I’m sure she had been loved to death by the time she left me. So it’s fitting that now the circle is complete, and I have become, albeit accidentally, a collector of these iconic dolls.

What was the first doll you can remember having?

Copyright 2012 by Zendelle Bouchard

Ideal’s Misty and Grown Up Pos’n Tammy body comparison

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Aug 302012
 
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The photos below show three dolls by Ideal – left to right they are Glamour Misty, Pos’n Misty and the later version of Pos’n Tammy, called Grown Up Pos’n Tammy by collectors.

Vintage Misty and Tammy dolls by Ideal

L to R: Glamour Misty, Pos’n Misty, “Grown Up” Pos’n Tammy

Glamour Misty is a regular Misty doll with platinum blonde hair, who was sold in a set with special markers to color her hair. She has straight (non-bendable) legs.

Pos’n Misty has soft vinyl legs wired for posability. All versions of Misty have the same torso and wired, posable arms.

“Grown Up” Pos’n Tammy has the same arms, too, but a different torso than the Mistys, with a smaller bust. She has the same flexible, wired legs as the Pos’n Misty. Her head mold is different also.

Vintage Ideal Misty and Tammy dolls

Note Misty and “Grown Up” Tammy have different torsos.

There was also a “Grown Up” Tammy (not shown) who had straight legs like the regular Misty and Glamour Misty dolls. Because the “Grown Up” dolls are much slimmer than the earlier versions of Tammy, most Tammy fashions don’t fit them well.



Copyright 2012 by Zendelle Bouchard

Sasha Dolls

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Apr 182012
 
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Studio doll by Sasha Morgenthaler

Studio doll by Sasha Morgenthaler.
Photo courtesy of Withington Auction, Inc.

Sasha dolls are unique in the doll world. They started out as the vision of Swiss artist Sasha Morgenthaler, to create a play doll representing the universal child. The original doll’s skin tone was deliberately of a medium color depicting no particular ethnic group. She began in the 1940s creating them in her studio, but the high production costs meant that very few families could afford them. In 1965 she licensed production to Götz-Puppenfabrik GmbH of Rödental, Germany, where they were made until 1970. Beginning in 1966, the dolls were also made in England by Frido/Trendon/Sasha Dolls Ltd of Stockport. Production continued there until 1986. From 1995-2001 they were again produced by Götz.

The original Studio dolls were made of gypsum, a composition like material. Some dolls, like the one pictured above, had cloth bodies. Other were entirely of gypsum. The mass-produced dolls are of rigid vinyl with rooted synthetic hair. They are 16″ tall, jointed at the neck and shoulders and strung with elastic cord. They are well made dolls that offer lots of play value.

Although the dolls are collectively known as Sasha, the boy dolls were called Gregor; when black dolls were introduced in the early 70s, the girls were named Cora and the boys Caleb. The most recent series of Sasha dolls were given individual names. Babies were also produced starting in the 1970s, and are 12″ tall with bent legs.

One reason that Sasha dolls are so popular with collectors is their wonderful wardrobe. The clothes are very well made in simple, classic styles. The size of the dolls makes them easy to sew for and easy to dress.

Copyright 2012 by Zendelle Bouchard