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Kader Industrial Co., Ltd. was a Hong Kong company founded in 1948. The company is still in business but is now using the name Kader Holdings Co. Ltd. Their primary product is model trains and accessories. They do not appear to make dolls any longer. Collectors sometimes refer to the company as "OK Kader" because their logo is the letters "OK" inside a globe.
The baby doll pictured is 10" tall. He has a hard plastic head and blow-molded vinyl body. He has a few features which make him unusual. He has a tongue attached to his sleep eye mechanism, so that when his eyes are open, his tongue protrudes slightly; when he's asleep, his tongue disappears. He also has jointed wrists. He is jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips as well. His bright blue sleep eyes have molded lashes. He was probably made in the 1950s or '60s.
A little research reveals that the company appears to have made mostly baby dolls similar to this one, in a wide variety of sizes. They made black dolls as well as white ones. The dolls were distributed in Australia and New Zealand as well as the USA, and possibly other countries.
Sources for this page include:
- Kader page on Wikipedia
Copyright 2010 by Zendelle Bouchard.