There is very little information available about Remco. The company, founded by Sol Robbins, was prolific during the 60s and early 70s, but the company invested a lot of money developing dolls that didn't sell well, and closed in the mid '70s. Most Remco dolls are well marked, aiding in identification. Click on a photo to view a larger version.
|Finger Dings are 5.5" finger puppets. They have a vinyl head, arms and torso without legs. They wear a sort of a leotard with an open back, and you put your fingers inside the leotard legs to make the dolls walk, dance, skate, etc. Besides the regular line of Finger Dings, there were also Finger Ding Animals, Finger Dings and Flower Kids. The same construction was used for other dolls as well including Adventure Boy and the Monkees.|
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For collectors today, the most sought after Remco dolls are probably the pop group sets of the Beatles and the Dave Clark Five. These appeal to celebrity and music collectors as well as doll collectors. Another celebrity doll the company made was Laurie Partridge of the Partridge Family, portrayed by actress Susan Dey.
Other Remco dolls include Tippy Tumbles, a somersaulting doll that was a big hit; Li'l Winking Herby Hippy, a 16" doll with a winking mechanism; Sweet April, a crying baby doll; 6.5" Jeannie from the TV show "I Dream of Jeannie", and Mimi, a 20" singing doll.
Sources for this page include:
- "More Twentieth Century Dolls" by Johana Gast Anderton
- Collector's Guide to the Dolls of the 1960s and 1970s by Cindy Sabulis
- "Collector's Guide to Dolls of the 1960s and 1970s Volume II" by Cindy Sabulis
Copyright 2006-2010 by Zendelle Bouchard.
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