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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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Copyright 2015 by Zendelle Bouchard

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