Oct 032012

Canadian doll maker Earle Pullan Co., Ltd. began operations in 1945 and was in business until 1967. They began by making plush animals and games, and in 1947 they began producing composition dolls. During the 1950s, they went on to make dolls from stuffed rubber, cloth and vinyl. They made very few hard plastic dolls. Some of their dolls were copies of popular American dolls. Pullan dolls are well made and attractive.

Little Mr. Bad Boy doll by Earle Pullan

30″ Little Mr. Bad Boy doll by Earle Pullan. Photo courtesy of eBay seller Connectibles.

Dolls they produced include:

Dinky Drinky (1948)
10″ all composition drink and wet baby, jointed at shoulders and hips. Painted black side glancing eyes, molded hair.

Baby Twinkle (1948)
Composition toddler girl with a knee-length wavy blonde mohair wig. She is similar in design to Ideal’s Sparkle Plenty, except that doll had a hard plastic head, latex rubber body and wool yarn hair.

Little Lulu (1949)
14″ all cloth comic character doll was identical to the one produced by Georgene Novelties in the United States. Pullan also made a composition version of Little Lulu in 1951 and a vinyl version in 1959.

Coronation Doll (1953)
Celebrating the coronation of Queen Elizabeth, this all composition girl doll has an open mouth with teeth, and sleep eyes. She wears a long gown and sash, and “ermine” trimmed cape with matching hat.

Candy (1956)
17″ toddler has a one piece vinyl body with a wire armature inside so she can be posed. Wears a striped footie pajama with matching nightcap.

Mindy (1957)
15″ black vinyl girl doll, wired for posability, molded hair in braids. She appears to be identical to Dee an Cee’s Mandy doll.

Baby Tears (1957)
Drink-wet-and-cry baby doll in 14″ and 16″ sizes. Came with a layette.

Ballerina (1957)
This 17″ doll had brunette in a chignon style and wired legs for posability. She is unmarked.

Bride (1958)
17″ tall, with jointed hips, shoulders and neck. She has rooted blonde hair, blue sleep eyes, earrings and a lace-trimmed gown. She is marked “PULLAN”.

Mother and Family (1958)
This family of four dolls is similar to Effanbee’s Most Happy Family. The boy and girl dolls resemble Effanbee’s Mickey and Fluffy which were used in that set. In the Pullan version, the glamourous 21″ mother and 12″ daughter wear matching solid-color coats with white collars. Mother also wears a hat, pearl drop earrings and black elastic-strap high heels. Her daughter’s outfit has a hood. The 10″ son wears a matching suit with short pants. The 8″ baby doll wears a light-colored bunting. They are all unmarked.

Rags to Riches Doll (1958)
21″ tall, jointed only at neck and shoulders. She has long rooted reddish-brown hair worn in a ponytail with bangs, and blue sleep eyes with lashes. The book photograph shows her in a long gown; she may also have come with a “Rags” dress like the Deluxe Reading doll of the same name. She is marked “PULLAN” on the back of her neck; “A” on her back; “16” on the sole of her left foot; and “VH3-21” on the sole of her right foot.

Oriental Princess (1958)
This 20″ doll appears to have been made as a knockoff of Uneeda’s Dollikin. She is jointed at the neck, waist, hips, shoulders, knees and ankles. Her long black hair is worn up in a roll and she has blue sleep eyes with brush lashes and painted lower lashes. The most telling trait is her outfit, which is very similar to Dollikin’s “Lotus Blossom” ensemble, a white pantsuit with long fan-print vest. She can be identified by the “PULLAN” mark on her head.

Beatnik Doll (1960)
21″ girl doll with long straight hair and bangs. She appears to have been made from the same head mold as Vogue’s Brikette doll.

Wendy Ann (1960)
35″ companion doll similar to Ideal’s Patti Playpal.

Little Mister Bad Boy (1961)
See photo above. Advertising doll for the Bad Boy Furniture Company wears a striped prisoner’s uniform. He was made in 16″ and 30″ sizes. At least one other company produced these dolls as well.

Bobby (1960s)
A popular all vinyl boy doll with molded hair, sold in various outfits in various sizes.

Miss Marjie (1965)
Similar to Eegee’s Shelley doll, she looked like Ideal’s Tammy but had the growing hair feature of American Character’s Tressy.

Copyright 2012 by Zendelle Bouchard

  22 Responses to “Dolls by the Earle Pullan Company (Canada)”

  1. HI my name is Dino I was hoping you can help me with an item I have it has been in the family for several years in it is in mint condition? well it is a pullan toy yellow chicken with red boots and a red and white hair bonet on her head, her face is a vintage plastic and is glude or stitched to the rest of her body.and her body is a type of mohair, the red boot are made of rubber and on the bottom it is stamped pullan toy! she is about 13″ tall 10″ long and about 8″ wide! she is over 80 year old she in such great shape her tag on her leg is clearly ledgable, on the tag (pullan toy / earle pullan co.ltd toronto canada) I was hoping you can help me put a value on this item. Thank You! Dino….

  2. Hi, on your site i see you have a picture of a doll from Pullan, the doll is from Bad Boy Furniture in Toronto he is wearing a prison uniform, can you tell me what one of these dolls is worth, as i have 2 of them in mint condition, and no one i speak to can tell me what they are worth, thank you,

    • The only way to know the value of a doll is to find one or more examples that have sold. I can’t find any to go by for this doll. The doll I have pictured was listed on eBay last year. Perhaps if you contact the seller she might tell you what she got for him.

  3. I received a Pullan doll, hard body, molded hair, open/close eyes for my birthday in Dec. 1959. I would like to restore it. Are there any accessories available? One foot is broken off.

    • Rose, Pullan closed its door in 1967, so nothing is avaiable from them. Your best bet would be to find the same or similar doll that you can take a leg from. You can try looking at Pullan dolls on eBay to find one – or contact a doll hospital in your area who may have parts. The Doll Doctors’ Association can help you locate one.

  4. Hi, I’ve got a 1948 Dinky Drinky Pullan doll that is in good condition, except for a little bit of the ‘skin’ flaking off the back of its thigh. Do you know what the doll might be worth? Thanks!

    • Heather,
      sorry I was unable to find any sold examples of Dinky Drinky, or any other composition baby doll by Pullan to reference.

  5. Hello. I have acquired a doll that I believe is manufactured by Pullan, based on your very helpful information. She is about 20 inches tall, composition, with sleep eyes, jointed at neck and shoulders only. She has an A on her back, 43 on her head, VH3-22 on one foot and 17 on the other. Can you tell me anything about this doll? Thanks much!

  6. Hi,
    I recently purchased a Lucky Green Stamps doll on ebay. This doll was made by the Earle Pullan doll company. She is a playpal type doll that is 36 inches tall with an open smile showing upper teeth. She was described as a rare doll and was made in Canada . She could only be acquired from green stamps from the Loblaw stores in Canada. I only saw a few of these dolls up for bid on ebay. Are these dolls more commonly found in Canada? What is the value of these dolls? Thanks for your time.

    • I looked up the Ebay listing – wow, that is a cool doll. I know nothing about her. She is not shown in the book “Dolls of Canada,” which is my main reference. Did you ask the seller where they got their information? The value of a doll can only be determined by looking at what other examples have sold for – since I have never seen one like her before (with the teeth), I have nothing to go by.

  7. we have a cow with the pullon lable and over the u is a small A do you know anything about this.

  8. I have a little lulu doll which I know very little about. Throughout the entire internet the only reference I could find was a listing that one sold at an auction in 2005. She is made of vinyl apparently by earle pullan and is 14″ tall. Does anyone know where I can get more info? Value, etc.

    • If you are referring to this one, the auction was held in 2012, not that long ago. But unfortunately, only one sold example isn’t really enough to determine a value. But obviously it is a rare and desirable doll. Little Lulu is an example of what is called a “cross collectible,” that is, an item that appeals to more than one type of collector. In this case, you would have doll collectors as well as comic collectors and perhaps Canadian toy collectors all bidding against each other. It would be important to note that condition has a lot to do with the value too. This example was in very good shape and all original with the tag. A naked or redressed, played with doll would have brought much less.

  9. I have a 30″ Pullan – simply says Pullan on the back of her head. I can’t find an reference to a doll of that size (other than Bad Boy). She has short Auburn hair and sleep blue eyes. Pale pink lips. White shoes marked 30T Made in USA and a dress of paisley and flowers. I’ve uploaded a picture to your facebook page

    • Ron, the book I have only shows one 30″ girl doll, which is Pretty Penny made in 1965. But she has a different face than your doll. Yours looks more like Wendy Ann made in 1962-63, but those dolls are 36″. So yours may be a smaller version of Wendy Ann, or she might be someone else. Thanks for posting the picture.

  10. I just bought a pullan doll. she is a stunning brunette dressed in checker coat and a snow cap holding skis and poles. i cant find her online anywhere:(

  11. Hello, you had a message from a man named Ron back in January about his 30″ doll simply marked Pullan on the back of her head. I too have a beautiful 30″ doll just as he described to you, but with a different dress. I cannot find a single picture or any reference to her and was wondering if you have since had any info on this doll? thank you, Christina.

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