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Family Trio Set
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Family Trio Set of dolls by Horsman
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Body Construction
The Family Trio Set consists of three all vinyl dolls, jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips, with blue sleep eyes and brush lashes. The mother is a 17" Cindy, with rooted blonde hair in curls, mature figure, pierced ears and high heel feet. The girl is 10.5" tall, with curly blond hair and a closed, slightly smiling mouth. She appears to be the same doll that was sold by Horsman under the name Teensie Tot in 1961 and '62. The boy is 10.25" tall with molded hair and an open/closed mouth with a big smile. He is made from the same head mold that Horsman used for many baby dolls in the late fifties and early sixties, including Softee, Tynie Baby, and molded hair versions of Ruthie. In this version he has a toddler rather than a baby body.

The mother doll is marked "Horsman // 82" on the back of her head. The girl is marked "J1 P-J" on the back of her head. The boy is unmarked.

Mom wears a brown cotton skirt, cream blouse with large light brown polka dots and gold tone buttons, gold belt, gloves, petticoat and panties, nylon hose, white high heeled shoes, drop pearl earrings and a straw hat. Her daughter wears a red short-sleeved cotton dress, white pinafore with small red polka dots and red trim, white nylon panties with red bands around the legs, white rayon socks and white shoes. Her brother wears a cotton playsuit that has a white short-sleeved top attached to white shorts with small blue polka dots, a blue long-sleeved jacket trimmed in white, white rayon socks and white shoes.

The family is packaged in a plain white box that suggests it may have been sold through a mail order catalog. On one end is a printed label that reads "FAMILY TRIO SET." Metal hooks support rubber bands that hold the dolls in place.

Sources for this page include:

  • "Horsman Dolls: 1950-1970" by Patikii Gibbs

Copyright 2008 by Zendelle Bouchard.

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