Uneeda is mostly known for the vinyl dolls they made from the late fifties through the early seventies, such as Dollikin and Miss Suzette; but the company had a long history of producing beautiful composition, hard plastic, and a few cloth dolls before then. This is a very partial list which will be added to as more information comes along.
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25″ all composition baby, open-closed mouth with two painted teeth, painted hair and eyes, jointed at neck, shoulders, hips. Circa 1918.
Sweetums is a Mama doll, composition head and limbs on cloth body with swing legs. Tin sleep eyes, open mouth with two teeth. Circa late 1920s. Photos of her here. Uneeda is still using the Sweetums name for its line of infant dolls.
12″ all compo toddler boy and girl twins, molded hair, dressed in matching red and white outfits, no names, closed mouths, brown sleep eyes. 1940.
|Carmen is a 14″ jointed composition doll with red mohair wig, 1948. Red taffeta gown with gold braid trim, black lace half-length overskirt and mantilla. Her box and tag read “As inspired by Rita Hayworth’s portrayal of Carmen in ‘The Loves of Carmen.'” See more photos here. Photos courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.|
The Cutest Little Red Headed Doll is a 17″ all composition girl doll, red mohair wig, blue sleep eyes, open mouth with two teeth. She wears a white short sleeved blouse and green gingham pinafore dress with yellow ribbons on her blouse and in her hair. She was a tie-in to a hit song of the day. 1940s. You can see photos of her here.
In the short window between the composition doll era and the vinyl doll era, Uneeda sold hard plastic dolls as many other companies did. These are not marked with the Uneeda name so may have been purchased from another manufacturer. You can see two lovely examples here.
Copyright 2013 by Zendelle Bouchard