Oct 152012
 
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Cindy doll by Dee an Cee

Dee an Cee’s 17″ Cindy was sold in the late 1950s in a variety of outfits, including a bridal gown.

Dee an Cee was a Canadian doll manufacturer from 1938 to 1964. The name was derived from the first letters of the last names of the two founders, Max Diamond and Morris Cone. The company motto was “Quality above all”.

Through the 1940s, the company made composition dolls, mostly babies, including Snuggles, Sweetums and Little Darling. They briefly experimented with rubber dolls before switching over to vinyl beginning in 1949.

Many of the their products were licensed from U.S. companies and made from the original molds. They held the Canadian licenses to produce Mattel’s Chatty Cathy and Alexander’s Marybel. Sometimes the dolls names were changed; American Character’s Baby Dear was sold by Dee an Cee as Dream Baby, while Mattel’s Scooba-Doo became Kookie in Canada.
The company produced their own original dolls too. Mandy and Dusty, designed by Morris Cone, were black brother and sister dolls with realistic features and molded hair, first produced in 1956.

Dee an Cee was the first Canadian doll company to advertise on television. After the firm was sold to Mattel in 1962, manufacturing in Canada was gradually discontinued. The name was no longer used after 1964.

Dee an Cee dolls show a variety of markings, including D&C, Dee an Cee, Dee and Cee, and DEE & CEE.

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  33 Responses to “Dolls by Dee an Cee (Canada)”

  1. Hi,
    I bought a vintage doll. Can’t seem to find her name. She is a composition, moulded brown hair, moveable eyes, painted lower lashes, open mouth with 2 teeth. Has a squeeky thing in her back which we are not sure of the sound it is suppose to make. She has a straw filled body. The stamp of Dee & Cee Toy Co and made in Canada on the back of her neck.
    Could you please give us and indication of her name and year she was made as well as a value.
    Thank you
    Susan

    • It sounds like she is either Little Darling or Snuggles, two names Dee an Cee used for their cloth body composition baby dolls. She would date to the 1940s. Composition baby dolls can vary widely in value depending on the condition and outfit, but ones I have seen average $30 to $60 (US).

  2. Cleaning out my basement and found my black doll that I got from my mom sometime in the 60′s. She is from dee cee and is about 18 inches tall. fat baby body made from plastic with short black curly hair and eyes with beautiful eyelashes that open and shut. ..do not have original clothes….just wondering if you could give me some info on this doll ….and what she might be worth…. thank you so much….

    • Gabriele, the book “Dolls in Canada” shows two black baby dolls made in the ’60s. One is Drink ‘N Wet Baby, she should have numbers marked on her back. The other doll is called Lulubelle and she is marked “DEE AN CEE” on her head and “dee an cee” on her body. Drink ‘N Wet baby sells for about $25 plus shipping on eBay; Lulubelle seems to be more rare – I could not find any sold examples of her to give us an idea of her value. It’s so nice that you still have your childhood doll.

  3. I HAVE A VINTAGE DEE&CEE BABY DOLL NOT THE BEST SHAPE BUT I HAVE HAD HER MOST OF MY LIFE AND I BELIVE SHE WAS MY MOMS…ANY HOW I CAN’T SEEM TO FIND ANY THING ON THE BABY DOLL AS I COULD SEND YOU A PHOTO BUT THIS IS A BREEF DISCRIPTION ….SHE IS 12.5″ BALD WITH BROWN DRAWN/INGRAVED GROVED PRETEND HAIR,SHE HAD A PULL STRING ONCE APON A TIME BUT THIS IS MISSING SHE IS BENABLE LEGS ONLY HAS LONG EYE LASHES EYE LIDS MOVE UP AND DOWN ENGRAVED ON THE BACK OF HER HEAD IS THE DEE&CEE LOGO….ANY HOW ANY INFO WOULD BE APRECEATED…I BELIEVE SHE IS RUBBER BUT I COULD BE WRONG.

    • Your doll is most likely made of vinyl, a flexible type of plastic, not rubber. I can’t find any info on a baby with a pull string. What did the pull string make her do? Talk, or move? Do you think she is a childhood doll of your Mom’s? What year was your Mom born? With a little extra info we might be able to narrow it down.

  4. I have a BOY, D & C doll. Stamped on his lower back is 16S-5 D&C. 16 inch,. Black hair blue eyes that open and close, one piece short and top outfit (black and white)
    Black leggings and black shoes ( with # 2 stamped on bottom)
    Can’t seem to find him on any website. Do you have Any information on him,
    Be belonged to my aunt.

  5. Hi
    I am so excited to find your website

    My grandparents saved 2 Toodlum, “cee and dee” composition dolls which were given to me over 23 years ago
    They are identical with black hair, and brown eyes and red lips pursed to hold the nipple of a bottle in their mouths
    both came in cardboard suitcases with 3 blue down the center on the top of the suitcases.

    The first doll is dressed in blue dress, bonnet, undershirt and diaper
    That doll has two sets of 4 tiny safety pins still attached to original cards still stapled to the inside of the box.
    There is a never used diaper still stapled to box with two wooden clothes pins on each end (4 wooden clothes pins in total)
    There is also a pair of little white socks, a glass bottle with rubber nipple completely intact, and a bar of soap still wrapped up with Toodlums on the front.
    There is another never used diaper stapled on the right hand side of where the doll is nestled in for safe keeping.
    At the bottom of the right hand side there is a silver sticker/seal verifiying it is a Cee and Dee Toodlums doll. The adhesive has dried so not attached just laying loosely where originally glued.
    There is a folded card with a picture of a toodlum doll on the front, and inside 2 pages of how to care for you toodlums doll.
    The second doll
    The second doll is identical, it’s outfit is a faded pink/peach colour with matching bonnet, a cloth undershirt and cloth diaper.
    This one has the cards for the tiny safety pins but all 8 are missing although there are two on the cloth diaper, and one on the ribbon tying the bonnet on this doll.
    There are two is the same extra diaper that is detached from the box and now only has 3 wooden clothes pins. :)
    There is the a wrapped up bar of soap, the folded Toodlum care booklet, an a complete glass baby bottle but this nipple has detriorated with age
    Included with this Toodlums doll thought is an antique doll dress, in a matching peach tone with a long lacy dress trimmed in peach. Perhaps used as a ‘special Christing gown’ for this beloved doll back in the late 1930s.
    I’d love to know more
    The cardboard suitcases have seen better days, only one still has it’s carry handle, but 65 years later I think it’s amazing to have them at all.
    The history of these two dolls…
    These ‘twin dolls’ were Christmas gifts given to an aunt who handed them down to my twin daughters 50 years later.
    She was born in 1932, she had an older sister who was old enough to date in the late 30s, a suitor gave the “little sister” a doll for Christmas.
    She enjoyed it so much, that the same boyfriend the next Christmas gave the little sister the ‘same’ doll again as a gift.
    This would have been late 1930′s very early 1940s

    thank you for your time. I wish I knew how to attach a photo of these two dolls snuggled in their suitcases for all these years.
    Irene

    • Irene,
      thank you for this wonderful description of your Toodlums dolls. They can be dated to the period 1936-37. In 1938, the company was incorporated as Dee an Cee, but for the two years previous, it seems they experimented with different names and trademarks for the company, and some dolls were marked C and D during this period. The fact that your dolls are in their original suitcase boxes after all this time is amazing. I think they must be quite rare. Please check your email and reply. I would love to see them!

  6. Hi everyone, I was tired when I posted it is a Dee and Cee doll not Cee and Dee. lol
    I can’t believe I found this ad from 1939 catalog of the two dolls I have, I guess it’s not a cardboard suitcase but a cardboard ‘layette’ lol

    http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/029006/f2/nlc005956.147.pdf

    hope you can open this
    Irene

  7. Hello again,
    does anyone know how to take a photo from facebook page and send it to this website? sigh I don’t know how or if you can do that.
    Zenedell do you have a facebook page?
    thanks
    Irene

  8. Hi, I just got a D&C doll with D&C 22-5 stamped on her back. Shes about 22″ long with blue eyes and short strawberry blonde curly hair. Just wanting to find out a little bit about her….Cheers, Charlotte

  9. I have a Baby Sue from Dee & Cee in perfect condition with original clothes and box. She is from 1960 and about 13 inches in height.
    I am ready to sell it and I was wondering if you can give me an idea of what price to ask?

    thank you,

    • Suzanne, I’m sorry but I could not find any examples that have sold with the box in order to determine a value.

    • HI if anyone knows of a Canadian doll appraiser please let me know.
      I have to sell or donate to a museum my two dolls from 1938 and 1939 as I am going from a 5 bedroom 3 bathroom home to a one bedroom, one bathroom apartment. LOL
      Thanks
      I have over 25 collectable ceramic dolls of my children, given by grandma between 1986 and previous to passing away in 1997.
      My kids are picking out one or two each to keep then I need to find a home for the rest.
      Thanks

      • Yes, if anyone knows a Canadian doll appraiser please do leave a comment with the info. I get more questions about Canadian dolls than American dolls and would love to know who to refer people to.

  10. Hi: I have an old rubber? or vinyl 22″ doll Big Brown eyes, red lips with hole for bottle and hole in bum. her hair is close to head sort of tight . She has bent knees. Very pretty . D & C letters are marked back of her neck. I would like to know how old she is and if she is worth anything. She looks like the bride doll in the face.
    Thank you very much for any assistance you can provide.

    • Marguerite, your doll is vinyl and most likely dates from the 1960s. D&C babies are not extremely valuable, but she might be worth up to $50 if she is in very good condition and in an attractive outfit.

  11. I have just got a 20 inch dee an cee doll wearing high heels black with cross over straps 50s dress bubble cut hair graduated pearls with a lovley clasp pearl drop earings any Idea

    • Dee an Cee sold their high heeled glamour dolls under various names, but Cindy was most commonly used. If you are looking for the value, they generally sell in the $20 range unless in mint condition.

      • wow my mistake she is 17 inches high very good condition except greening of ears from earings all make up and polish like new wearing what looks to be original clothes I really dont want to sell her just want to know who she is seems for sure from the 50s

  12. have a tall girl walking doll blonde hair, when you walk her, the legs step forward, and then her head moves from one side to the other, her name is Nina, made by Dee Dee, this doll could be 55 years old , I need both arms, looks like they are made from some sort of thin plastic, can any help me here and where can I get them. thanks.

    • John, are you looking for the exact same arms for your doll, or just ones that fit? If you are looking for identical replacements, the only way to get them would be to find another doll like yours and swap. If you are looking for any arms that fit, the important thing is to find ones that attach the same way yours do and are the same length. You can find doll parts on eBay (here is a link to the doll parts category). Doll hospitals often have a large inventory of parts, check out the Doll Doctors Association website to find one near you.

  13. Hi, I have dee an cee stamped 19″ baby doll , vinyl limbs and cloth body. Blonde hair open and shut eyes with real lashes early 1960′s. Have searched but can’t find out about her. Please can you help.

    • Julia, Dee an Cee made babies in a range of sizes with vinyl heads/limbs and cloth bodies in the early sixties. Some had rooted hair, some had molded hair; some had sleep eyes like yours, and some had painted eyes. They were all called Dream Baby. They also used that name for some of their all-vinyl drink-and-wet babies.

  14. I have a near mint condition with tag SLEEPING BEAUTY DOLL by Dee and Cee Toronto Canada. Can anyone tell me what she is worth, or anything about her.

    • Sam, I am not familiar with a Sleeping Beauty by Dee an Cee, and the reference book I use (“Dolls of Canada”) doesn’t mention her. Would love to see some photos if you are able to post them on my Facebook page.

  15. Hi, I have a Dee & Cee Baby Sue 16SP probably from the 60′s. She is in the box and in her original clothes. Any idea of her value?

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