These two dolls are 28″ tall, with soft vinyl heads, rigid vinyl arms, and blow molded vinyl torsos and legs. They are completely unmarked. They have short rooted hair and green sleep eyes with brush lashes. They have walking mechanisms that don’t work well, and their heads do not turn. They wear checked dresses with slightly different design, nylon panties, rayon knit socks and red vinyl Mary Jane shoes. Do you know who they are?
My Toy is primarily known for their dolls and animals with vinyl faces and plush bodies, but they made a variety of dolls and toys in the 1960s.
Some My Toy products:
This Plush Pal pajama bag is typical of many of My Toy’s vinyl face dolls, except that instead of a full plush body, she has just the arms and torso, and her lower half is a zippered, lined pajama bag. She measures about 15″ tall, with hair rooted only around the top of her face. She probably dates to the late fifties or early sixties.
Half Pints are 4.25″ dolls, with oversized heads and vinyl bodies wired for posability. Marked on the back of the head: 1966 MY TOY CO INC. They came with cool little accessories. The doll in the blue sleeper came in a yellow crib with rattle, comb, brush. The girl dolls all have the same face mold, there is also a boy doll dressed as a railroad engineer, with a different face. They don’t appear to have individual names. See more here: http://webspace.webring.com/people/ml/liddledolls/stories.html
Tiny Terry is 6″ tall, with the same head as the smaller girl dolls, but a more proportional body, jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips. She was sold in various outfits with a small accessory, such as a poodle or phone. She has long straight hair with bangs in various shades, including bright orange.
A very rare and highly sought after My Toy doll is Witchiepoo, from the television show H.R. Pufnstuf, made in 1970. She is 20″ tall, with a green vinyl head, hands and feet, orange yarn hair and a cloth body.
This all vinyl girl is 22.5″ tall and has a rather rigid vinyl head with a lightweight blow-molded vinyl body. She is jointed at the neck, shoulders, and hips, with a walking mechanism. Her head does not turn. Raising her arm, as the tag instructs, doesn’t do anything other than give you something to hold on to. She has blue sleep eyes with brush lashes and pink lips with a small hole in the center. Her brunette hair is styled in a short curly ‘do.
She is marked with a “U” on the back of her head.
She wears a cheaply made red satin dress trimmed with synthetic lace. It closed with two safety pins in the back. She wears cotton knit panties, rayon knit socks and white vinyl shoes.
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.
Packaging 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.
Once Barbie had a boyfriend (Ken), the next logical step was for her to acquire a best friend to share her secrets with (not to mention her clothes!). Midge debuted in 1963.
Redheaded Midge dolls wear a chartreuse & orange swimsuit. Blondes get two shades of blue; brunettes wear a hot pink top and red bottom.
Photo courtesy of Withington Auction, Inc.
The first version of Midge had the same straight leg body as Barbie, with a new head mold. She was available as a blonde, brunette or redhead, in a short flip hairdo with bangs, and blue eyes. Most dolls have a closed mouth smile and freckles; but some have no freckles, or a small white area painted between her lips to indicate teeth. Midge was sold in a two piece swimsuit with white open toe shoes. The color of the swimsuit varied according to the doll’s hair color. This first version of Midge was available from 1963 through ’66.
In 1964, Wig Wardrobe Midge was introduced. This set included a Midge head with a short, molded hairstyle, and three wigs for her to wear.
In 1965, Barbie and Midge got a new bendable leg body. Bendable Leg Midge had a new, short pageboy hairstyle with an aqua ribbon headband, a one piece multicolor striped swimsuit, and aqua open toe shoes. She was again available in three different hair colors.
Mattel stopped using the Midge name for many years until re-introducing her with a new head mold in the late ’80s. The original Midge head mold continued to be used throughout the mod era for Barbie’s friend PJ. Mattel made a reproduction of the original Midge in 1997.