May 312016

Bonnie Bride doll by Deluxe Reading. Photo courtesy of Diane Martz.

Deluxe Reading took the perennially popular bride doll to the next level with this unusual doll. Not only does Bonnie Bride “walk” down the aisle, but she “throws” her bouquet as well! She probably dates to the early 1960s. Like many other Deluxe Reading dolls, she was sold only in grocery stores.

Body Construction
Bonnie Bride is a 21″ doll with a hollow rigid vinyl body and legs, and softer vinyl head and arms. She has blue sleep eyes with brush lashes, and painted lashes below each eye. Her brunette hair is in a short bob style. She is jointed at the shoulders, neck and hips. Her right hand has a hole in it to hold her bouquet. Bonnie’s most remarkable feature is a mechanism, consisting of a metal lever in her back connected to her right arm, that enables her to “throw” her bouquet.

She is marked “21HH K61” on the back of her head below the hairline.

Bonnie wears a long sleeved satin bridal gown with lace and pearl appliqués and a bow at the waistline; matching bridal cap with fingertip tulle veil; a hooped underskirt; white panties; white plastic heels; and her bridal bouquet. Her dress is not tagged.

Bonnie comes packaged in a cardboard box with colorful graphics. See photos below. She comes complete with a white plastic mechanical stand. When you pull back on the lever, the wheels turn and propel her forward.

Bonnie Bride’s mechanical stand needs no batteries to operate. Photo courtesy of Diane Martz.

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