Sep 062013

See also:
Cissette’s Outfits 1957-58
Cissette’s Outfits 1959-63

Two basic Cissette dolls from different years – the blonde is stock #700; the redhead is #900. Click on a small photo to see a larger version.
_700a (2K) _700c (2K) _700d (4K) _900a (2K) _900c (4K)
Photos courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

Cissette arrived two years after Cissy as the smaller, cuter and more affordable version of Alexander’s popular glamour doll. The same mold was also used for other dolls during the Cissette period, including Sleeping Beauty (identifiable by her flat feet), Margot (with heavy eye makeup and upswept hair) and Jacqueline (heavy eye makeup and sidepart hairstyle). The mold continued to be used for the Portrette series and other dolls in the ’60s, and is still in use today. Cissette was reintroduced for collectors in the late ’90s.

Body Construction
Cissette is all hard plastic, jointed at the neck, shoulders, hips and knees, with high heel feet. She has sleep eyes with molded lashes, with painted lashes underneath, one-stroke eyebrows, and pierced ears. Her synthetic wig is styled in a curly flip with bangs, and was available in blonde, brunette or redhead. A few fancy dressed dolls came with upswept hairdos. A rare version of Cissette from the early ’60s had a bald head with interchangeable wigs.

Identifying Cissette
Trying to date a Cissette doll can be challenging. Here are some clues:
Eyelids: 1957 dolls have beige eyelids, in 1958 they were pale pink and thereafter were peach.
Wigs: 1957 and ’58 wigs were made with three rows of stitching; after that they used zigzag stitching. A few fancy wigs had three rows on some later dolls.
Fingernails: had polish starting sometime in 1961.
Eye weights: dolls from 1957 and part of ’58 had heavy weights on their sleep eyes. Smaller weights were used thereafter.
Clothing: Dresses in 1957 and ’58 had bodice darts; in 1959, they did not. Thereafter bodice darts were only used for evening wear.

_cetteslip1 (2K) _cetteslip2 (3K) _cetteslip3 (3K)
Cissette was sold as a dressed doll or in a basic chemise or slip. Like her big sister Cissy, she often wore royal outfits and wedding gowns, but day dresses and ballet costumes were common as well. Many of her outfits matched Cissy and Elise clothing. See the Outfits 1957-58 and Outfits 1959-63 pages for more information.

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Jul 242013

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?

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Jul 142013

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:

My Toy Pajama Bag 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.
My Toy Half Pint doll 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:

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.

Jun 252013

Walking doll in red satin dress by Uneeda

Body Construction
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.

Copyright 2013 by Zendelle Bouchard

May 202013

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.

Body Construction
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.

Mom is marked “Uneeda / 2S” on the back of her neck. This is the same marking found on all the Dollikin dolls as well as other Uneeda glamour dolls and their Pink Haired Ballerina.

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.

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.

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