While Uneeda is best known for their glamour, fashion and pocket-sized dolls, they also made a huge variety of vinyl baby and child dolls over the second half of the 20th century. This is a very partial list which will be added to as information becomes available.
21″ girl and 18″ boy, all vinyl with molded hair, stuffed one piece body. 1948-52. In the late fifties, they produced another vinyl molded hair girl doll, with a different hair style.
Pri-thilla is a 12.5″ vinyl girl, rooted blonde hair, sleep eyes, wears a checked short sleeved shirt, solid color pants with checked cuffs. She has some type of mechanism that allows her to blow up balloons. 1958.
Wiggles is an 18″ infant with an unusual body construction. She has a vinyl head and torso, but her vinyl limbs, rather than being connected to the torso, are attached to a body sleeve that she wears over her torso. This makes her limbs very floppy. Some Blabby dolls were also made with this construction. See photos here. 1958.
|Baby Dollikin is a 21″ baby with jointed knees, wrists and elbows in addition to the usual joints. She has a hard plastic body with vinyl head. 1958.|
Uneeda made a 32″ Bride doll, she is the same doll as their Princess but with natural hair color. Other 32″ dolls include a black girl, same as Bride; and Freckles, a different face mold with orange hair green eyes and (of course) freckles.
There were also 35″ companion dolls, made in black and white versions, in a variety of hair styles and outfits. These are similar to Ideal’s Patti Playpal.
They also made a 31″ talking doll with growing hair. You can see lots of photos and find out more about these dolls at the Crissy and Beth website.
|Saranade is a vinyl doll with hard plastic torso containing a speaker. She came with a record player made by Westinghouse that transmits a radio signal to the speaker in her torso. Rooted dark brown hair in a ponytail with bangs, blue sleep eyes with molded lashes. Red dress with white trim. The record player plays four different speeds. 1962.|
In the ’50s and ’60s, Uneeda made a series of dolls that do things when you squeeze them. Purty is 15″ tall with a cross expression, squeeze her and she shuts her eyes and cries, circa 1955 (not to be confused with the 1973 version).
Blabby is a 17″ baby doll, press her tummy and her mouth moves as she cries. 1962
Sunny Face is 15″ tall, grins and giggles (shuts her eyes) when you squeeze her, 1964
Coquette is a pretty 16″ girl doll, dimpled chin, platinum blonde hair with bangs. 1963.
Weepsy Wiggles is a newborn baby doll with a wiggling motion, a wind-up music box and she cries tears as well. These dolls seem to be very rare, I couldn’t find an example online anywhere. Advertised in Toy & Hobby World, 1963.
Ventriloquist dummy molded side parted brunette hair, plaid cloth body, blue pants 23″ tall, blue painted eyes. 1963.
Baby Trix is a 19″ baby doll with soft foam body, wired for posability, black eyes, closed moth, rooted hair. Black and white versions were made. Advertised in the 1965 Montgomery Ward catalog.
Sarabelle is a 15″ girl doll, rooted hair, sleep eyes, wears a faux-patchwork “colonial” outfit. 1960s.
Deb Teen is a 17″ vinyl girl doll (not teen body) smooth short lemon blonde hair, sleep eyes, pink checked dress with attached white pinafore. A leash around her wrist attaches to a cardboard poodle which is part of her box. 1965.
Bumpkins and Baby Bumpkins are both drink and wet vinyl babies, made in a few different versions over the years beginning in 1967. There is a 10″ size with molded hair, 11″ and 17″ dolls with rooted hair. All have sleep eyes. There is also a small version with painted eyes which came out in 1982.
Bareskin Baby is a 12.5″ newborn baby, has a swivel waist which is very unusual for a baby doll, sleep eyes, painted hair. Came with a shaggy rug. 1968.
Bitty Bathtub Baby is a small vinyl drink and wet doll in yellow plastic case molded like a bathtub, with cute accessories including a rattle and rubber duck. 1969
Bye Bye Baby has painted side glancing eyes, comes in wardrobe trunk with extra outfit and accessories. 1970s.
Purty 11″ chubby toddler, rooted hair, painted side glancing eyes 1973.
Baby Sweetums is a 20″ drink and wet baby with short curly rooted hair, sleep eyes, orange dress trimmed with white lace – also in a smaller size with longer hair and bangs, packaged with plastic blocks and teddy bear.
Lil Agatha is a 10″ vinyl doll with painted eyes and rooted hair. Described on her box as “A doll from a collection of early Americana.” 1975.
Agatha Bride is a 16″ vinyl girl doll with sleep eyes and rooted hair, dressed in a white wedding gown. The box graphics feature a spinning wheel, so she continues the Americana theme of Lil Agatha.
Granny and Me are a 16″ gray-haired granny doll with painted-on glasses, and her 7″ granddaughter. 1977.
Jenni is a 15″ doll in fancy gown part of the “Showcase Collection”. 1978.
Baby Glee is a 22″ baby with a big smile and molded tongue, molded hair. Vinyl head on cloth body. 1978.
Baby Toodles drink and wet baby, rooted hair and sleep eyes, lavender pjs. 1982.
Jack and Jill are 12″ twins packaged together with pink plastic pail Dressed in matching red and white outfits. Platinum blonde hair. Open/closed mouths.
Baby Jennifer has sleep eyes with molded lashes, rooted hair, 1982
|Just Clowns is a set of 2 dolls 10″ and 7″, various matching outfits, bright red curly hair, red painted noses. 1982.|
|Tickin’ Tot is a baby doll with molded hair and a beating heart. 1986. Photo courtesy of Martin Auction Co.|
I See You Dolly is 15″ tall, vinyl head and hands, soft cloth body. Unusual eyes appear to follow you in any direction. Kinda creepy actually. Black and white versions. 1988.
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