Uneeda’s Wee Three is one of the “family” sets of dolls produced during the 50s – 60s that allowed children to imagine scenarios of interaction between mother and children. Effanbee’s Most Happy Family is another set of this type.
The mother of the family is a 19″ doll, rigid vinyl with a softer vinyl head, jointed at neck, hips and shoulders. She may be jointed at the waist as well. All examples I have seen have platinum blonde hair. She has sleep eyes with brush lashes and red lips. She is joined by her all-vinyl toddler and baby.
She wears a sleeveless dress of dark red cotton, banded at the neckline with polka-dotted fabric. Her coat is of the same material, with polka dot collar and cuffs. She wears a matching hat and red plastic heels.
Her daughter wears a matching dress and bonnet, socks and shoes. Baby is attired in a fluffy white bunting and comes complete with a bottle.
Wee Three’s box served as a display unit as well as packaging. It advertises the drink-and-wet capabilities of the children and extols the quality of the workmanship.
In the ’70s and ’80s Uneeda produced other sets using the Wee Three name but these include a little girl, toddler and baby, with no mother doll.
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