Sunshine Family Dolls by Mattel (1973-1980)

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Mattel’s Sunshine Family showing the front and back of their original box. Photo courtesy of Franklin Lim-Liao.

The original Sunshine Family dolls sold by Mattel beginning in 1973 include dad Steve, mom Stephie, and their baby Sweets. 10? Steve and 9? Stephie have vinyl heads with inset plastic eyes and hard plastic jointed bodies. Sweets is all vinyl. Their outfits changed every year or so, but Steve generally has a knit shirt with dark pants, while Stephie wears a long flowered dress and usually an apron. Sweets has the same inset eyes but has a one piece vinyl body, and wears a one piece knit outfit.

Closeup of the Sunshine Family dolls by Mattel. Photo courtesy of Franklin Lim-Liao.

Closeup of Sweets doll from Mattel’s Sunshine Family. Photo courtesy of Franklin Lim-Liao.

Grandma and Grandpa were added in 1976 and could be purchased as a pair, or together with the rest of the family. The Sunshine Fun Family is an updated version that came out in 1979 and includes Steve and Stephie, Sweets (now a toddler) and a new baby brother. The black versions were called the Happy Family and Happy Fun Family.

Steve, Grandpa and Stephie from Mattel’s line of Sunshine Family dolls of the 1970s. Photo courtesy of eBay seller king-auctions.

The Happy Fun Family by Mattel is the updated version from 1979 with Sweets toddler and new baby brother. Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

The Sunshine Family had several playsets including a house with furniture, a nursery set for Sweets, craft kits and camping gear.

The Steve and Stephie dolls were also used for Mattel’s Americana-themed Star Spangled Dolls line including a Pilgrim Couple and Southern Belle.

Pioneer Daughter and Colonial Girl from the Star Spangled Dolls series by Mattel. These dolls utilized the Stephie molds. Photo courtesy of Sandy Blaine.



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Little Miss Ginger Doll by Cosmopolitan (1958-?)

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Little Miss Ginger doll by Cosmopolitan wearing red cotton dress with white teardrop print, white lace at hem, wide white organdy collar; also came with a red net hat with white flowers; white “Little Miss Ginger” purse; hose; white shoes.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller hug*a*pug.

Beginning in 1958, Cosmopolitan advertised Little Miss Ginger as “the only all vinyl eight inch slim doll” and she was in fact the tiniest of the vinyl glamour dolls. Shortly afterward, Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls introduced their eight inch Little Miss Nancy Ann who appears to have been made from the same molds. Other copycats followed, including Woolworth’s Little Miss Marie.



Body Construction
Little Miss Ginger has a rigid vinyl body with softer vinyl head. She is jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips. Her blonde, red, or brunette hair is rooted and styled into a short fluffy bob. She has gray or brown sleep eyes with molded lashes and brown painted lashes at the outer corner of each eye. Her red lips match her red finger- and toenails. The vinyl on these dolls tends to pale or darken over time, with the result that different parts of her body may be different colors.

Markings
This doll is well marked and easy to identify. She is marked “Ginger” on the back of her neck and “Little Miss Ginger” on her back. Under each arm and inside each thigh she is marked “LMG”.

Clothing
Little Miss Ginger was available as a basic doll in white, black or red bra, panties and shoes. She was also sold dressed in various outfits. One piece of clothing from each outfit is tagged “Fashions for Little/Miss Ginger/Cosmopolitan Doll & Toy Co./ Jamaica, NY U.S.A”.

Yellow cotton sleeveless top with lace trim; black cotton skirt with yellow and gray print and yellow elastic waistband; shoes, possibly yellow or black.



White fuzzy long sleeve sweater with rick rack accent on front; black velveteen skirt with rick rack accent and red taffeta lining; matching hat; red taffeta panties; ice skates.



Navy polished cotton dress with white polka dots, white organdy collar; navy shoes.



Pink cotton dress with large white polka dots; shoes, probably white. Also available as a pale pink dress with darker pink polka dots.



Peach majorette dress with long sleeves, trimmed in white/green/peach braid; matching hat with green feather; gold boots. Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.



Pale yellow flocked nylon and tulle dress with black ribbon bow. Braid hat and purse trimmed with flowers. Photo courtesy of eBay seller hug*a*pug.



#71 Special Bride outfit includes lace trimmed tulle gown with taffeta bodice, separate taffeta and tulle slip, wrist corsage, tulle veil, white panties, white heels.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller hug*a*pug.



Other outfits for Little Miss Ginger include:

  • #52 Bolero Plaid Dress is a white, blue and black large scale plaid taffeta dress and black bolero jacket lined in matching fabric.
  • White cotton dress with black and red print, red puffed sleeves.
  • Pink satin strapless evening gown; corsage of pink flowers; pink hose; pink heels.
  • Beige faux fur coat, hat and muff.
  • Red, white, green and black plaid taffeta dress with red ribbon sash; matching plaid hair bow with red ribbon and hairpin; white panties; red shoes.
  • White taffeta dress with turquoise and pink floral print; black hair (?) ribbon; white panties; hose; black shoes.
    Navy, blue and white plaid v-necked dress.
  • White vinyl raincoat with red trim, hood and belt; white shoes.
  • Red pants trimmed with white; white blouse with red ribbon; white shoes.
  • Navy blue jacket with white cuffs; navy circle skirt; white top.





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Vogue Doll Company

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Mar 032016
 
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Above: Beautiful hard plastic Ginny doll in her original trunk with outfits.

Vogue Dolls was responsible for some of the loveliest and most popular dolls of the 20th century. The company was at its height in the 1950s, when Ginny and Ginnette were imitated by nearly every other doll company in America, clamoring for a share of the market for 8″ dolls and their fashions.

Jennie Graves of Somerville, Massachusetts, began her career in the doll business in 1925 by buying nude dolls, dressing them, and selling them through department stores in the Boston area. She soon hired neighborhood women as home sewers to keep up with demand, and opened her own store, the Vogue Doll Shoppe. Throughout the twenties, thirties and forties, Mrs. Graves purchased dolls from other companies to dress. She began with German bisque head dolls, but soon added celluloid dolls as well as American-made composition, rubber, and even cloth dolls to her lineup. The composition dolls dressed by Vogue were made by Ideal, Arranbee and Madame Alexander.

Composition Dora Lee doll by Vogue Composition Dora Lee doll by Vogue Dora Lee was made from the mid 1930s to 1940s. She is 11″ tall, all composition, jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips. She is unmarked.
Photos courtesy of American Beauty Dolls Shop.

Composition Sportswomen doll by Vogue The Sportswomen Series of 14″ dolls includes a Golfer, Tennis Player and Skater in addition to the Skier pictured at left. They are all composition, jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips, with lovely mohair wigs and high color faces.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

Composition Cynthia doll by Vogue Composition Cynthia doll by Vogue Cynthia was made in 13″ and 18″ sizes. She is all compo and represents a little girl with a chubbier face and body than Dora Lee or the Sportswomen dolls. Some Cynthia dolls have a close mouth and other have an open mouth with teeth.
Photos courtesy of American Beauty Dolls Shop.

Composition Linda doll by Vogue Composition Linda doll by Vogue 19″ Linda is from the 1940s. She may have been part of a series of three “My Sisters and Me” dolls with 13″ Cynthia and 8″ Me (Toddles) dressed in matching outfits. Like most Vogue composition dolls, her name is stamped on the sole of her shoe.
Photos courtesy of American Beauty Dolls Shop.

_waacette (2K) _wave2 (5K) WAAC-ette and WAVE-ette were produced during World War II wearing replicas of the official uniforms of the women’s branches of the US military services. The 13″ composition toddler dolls were possibly produced by Ideal and/or Arranbee. Both closed mouth and open mouth dolls were used. They wear cotton dresses underneath cotton coats (navy blue for WAVE-ette and brown for WAAC-ette), matching hats with military insignia, cotton stockings, tie shoes, and shoulder bags with the letters U.S.A.
Photos courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

Toddles doll by Vogue Toddles doll by Vogue

In 1937, Mrs. Graves began buying 8″ composition dolls from R&B. This was Toddles. After a few years she had renowned doll designed Bernard Lipfert sculpt a new version of the doll. Toddles continued to be made until 1948, when the company switched to hard plastic.
Photos courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

_fgm2 (3K) _fgm1 (3K) This 8″ hard plastic doll was the precursor to Ginny, who became the most popular doll of the 1950s. During this period, the dolls were sold with individual names (pictured at left is Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother) but by the end of 1952, the dolls had become universally known as Ginny. In 1950 the dolls began to be made with sleep eyes.

_nm_brun5 (2K) _nm_lace2 (2K) _nm_ginny1 (3K) In 1952, Ginny began to be sold as a basic doll in her underwear, with outfits available separately. Since Mrs. Graves’ main focus from the beginning had been on Vogue’s beautiful, well made clothing, this was a stroke of genius. Little mothers could now dress their doll for all occasions in everything from day dresses to formal wear to blue jeans. Ginny’s fabulous wardrobe made her the most popular doll of the 1950s.
Photos courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls



Vogue had produced a baby doll called Velva from 1948 to 1951, with a composition head and stuffed latex rubber body. The doll was discontinued when it became apparent that the latex would begin to deteriorate after a few years, and in any case, the company wanted to concentrate all its resources on Ginny.

Ginnette by Vogue Dolls, Inc. But by 1955 they were ready to add more dolls to the lineup, and Ginnette, an 8″ vinyl baby doll was introduced. She was promoted as “Ginny’s baby sister.” Of course, she had extra fashions too. Ginnette was a popular doll, and like Ginny before her, was copied by many other companies.
Photo courtesy of American Beauty Dolls Shop.

_jillad (4K) _vinyljil (1K) In 1957 the family grew again with the addition of “Ginny’s big sister,” Jill, a 10.5″ high-heeled fashion doll with jointed knees. Like her little sisters, she had clothes for every occasion. The hard plastic version of Jill was made through 1960; then in 1962 and ’63, a vinyl version, called All New Jill (pictured at left) was produced.

_ns_jeff (2K) _ns_jan1 (3K) In 1958 and ’59, Vogue grew Ginny’s family again with the additions of 11″ Jeff and and 10.5″ Jan. Both dolls were all vinyl. Jan was meant to be a friend for Jill, while Jeff could be either Jill’s boyfriend or Ginny’s big brother. They were only made for a couple of years. In 1963-64, a new 12″ version of Jan was made, first called Loveable Jan and then Sweetheart Jan. Those later Jan dolls are much harder to find today.

Ginny Baby was introduced as an 18″ all vinyl baby doll in 1959. Over the years, she was made in several sizes. For a few years in the 1960s, Vogue made an 8″ version that is virtually identical to Ginnette. Ginny Baby was made in both rooted hair and molded hair versions. The boxed doll at left is 16″ tall and dates between 1966 and 1971.

Littlest Angel by Vogue Doll Co. Littlest Angel doll by Vogue In 1958, Vogue purchased the Arranbee Doll Co. and further expanded their line with dolls such as Littlest Angel, who was produced with a vinyl head and hard plastic body beginning in 1961. The doll at left is the later all-vinyl version, made from 1967-74. A third version, available through 1980, has a slightly different face. Photos courtesy of American Beauty Dolls Shop.

Vintage Brikette doll by Vogue Vintage Brikette doll by Vogue Brikette was a licensed copy of an Italian doll made by Bonomi. Vogue’s 22″ version was introduced in 1959 and bright orange hair, flirty green eyes and a ball-jointed waist. A year later they introduced a 16″ version who didn’t have the flirty eyes. Platinum blonde and brunette dolls were added to the line as well. She had extra outfits available. The original version of Brikette was made for two years, but was reintroduced in 1979 in a very different version.

Li'l Imp doll by Vogue Li’l Imp is a Littlest Angel doll with orange hair, green eyes and freckles. She was marketed as “Brikette’s kid sister.” She is 11″ tall, with a vinyl head and hard plastic bent-knee walker body. She is marked “R&B” on her head and body.

Vintage Baby Dear doll by Vogue Vintage Baby Dear doll by Vogue Baby Dear was designed by children’s book illustrator Eloise Wilkin. The original version, produced from 1960-64, is a realistic looking baby with vinyl head and floppy limbs, painted eyes, and a cloth body. She was made in 18″ and 12″ sizes.

Vintage Baby Dear doll by Vogue Vintage Baby Dear doll by Vogue In 1964, Baby Dear was redesigned with a new head with sleep eyes. In 1965, she was redesigned again and this final version, pictured at left, was produced until 1980.

Vintage Li'l Dear doll by Vogue The “Dear” line was also expanded with other dolls including Baby Dear One, Too Dear and 8″ Li’l Dear, pictured at left. She has the same head as the smallest version of Ginny Baby, but with the floppy cloth body of Baby Dear.



Mrs. Graves retired in 1960 and her daughter Virginia Carlson took over the company. She in turn retired six years later and her brother-in-law, Edwin Nelson became president of Vogue.

In 1972, Vogue was sold to the Tonka Corporation. They continued to produce Ginny in Far Away Lands outfits, as well as Baby Dear, Littlest Angel and Ginny Baby. They also introduced a few new dolls to the line, including Wash-a-Bye Baby and Precious Baby. Photo of Scotland Ginny courtesy of eBay seller king-auctions.

In 1977, Lesney Products purchased the rights to Vogue’s trademarks from Tonka. One of the lines they produced were the Glitter Girls, 5 1/2″ fashion dolls with extra outfits.



The company changed hands a few more times until it was purchased by the present owners in 1995, and re-launched under the name Vogue Doll Co. Today, the company focuses on Ginny dolls, in classic and contemporary styles, for children as well as collectors. They have introduced a new version of Jill as well. Visit their website at www.voguedolls.com.

If you are interested in learning more about Jill, Jan and Jeff, visit Vicki Broadhurst’s Vogue Jill website.






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Penny Doll by Beehler Arts

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Feb 102016
 
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From her clothing boxes, we can tell that Beehler Arts’ Penny doll is 10.5″ tall. She is probably a Little Miss Revlon type doll, with high heel feet and a lady body. She may be similar or identical to the Beehler Arts doll pictured in “Glamour Dolls of the 1950s & 1960s” by Polly and Pam Judd. That doll has a rigid vinyl one-piece torso and legs, jointed only at the neck and shoulders, with a softer vinyl head and arms. She has short blonde hair, blue sleep eyes, and three slanted painted eyelashes at the outer corner of each eye. She is unmarked. The doll is shown with her original box, which has similar graphics to the Penny clothing boxes, although the Penny name is not used. One telling feature is that her blue swimsuit is made from felt, the same fabric that is used in all of Penny’s outfits.

Known Outfits for Penny:

#357 – Date Dress – is a halter-top dress with black felt bodice and leopard-print taffeta skirt. A black felt hat and white taffeta panties complete the outfit. See photo above.

#353 – Visiting – is a blue felt dress with a hot pink felt flower riveted to the front of the skirt. A matching hat with elastic strap and white taffeta panties are included. See photo below.

#361 – Hostess – is a black felt halter top with hot pink metallic lace peplum and ties. Matching black felt pants and a lace headband are the other components. See photo at top.

Packaging
Penny’s outfits are packaged in cardboard boxes with pink and blue graphics. On the sides of the packages, they are marked “Manufactured by Beehler Arts, New York 6, NY”.

Under their Virga label, Beehler also made a 10″ hard plastic doll called Penny Walker, but she is a toddler rather than a glamour doll.



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Hi-Heel ‘Teen Doll by Virga (1956-7)

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Body Construction
Virga’s Hi-Heel ‘Teen is one of the tiniest glamour dolls, at only 7.5 inches tall. She is all hard plastic with a synthetic glued-on wig. The dolls were available with various hair colors. Her blue sleep eyes have molded lashes and she has painted lashes above each eye. She is jointed at the neck, shoulders, hips and knees, and is a head-turning walker. The same doll was also sold under the name Kim or Kim Teen.

Markings
She is completely unmarked.

Clothing
Hi-Heel ‘Teen was sold dressed as a bride doll as pictured above. She also had several extra boxed outfits available. The 100 Series included twelve different ensembles. They were sold in boxes like the simpler dresses pictured at the bottom of the page.

Not pictured: #101 Bride: A white-on-white print sleeveless gown with picot edging at the neckline (not the same as the dress the boxed Bride doll was sold in); tulle veil; white heels; white panties; bouquet.

#102 Bridesmaid: Pink taffeta shadow print gown; pink open weave hat; pink heels, bouquet, white panties. This outfit was also sold under the name Kim Teen.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller bopkat.

#103 Late Date: Sleeveless dress with black bodice, black and multicolor print flannel skirt; black heels; black hat with red rose; white panties.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller bopkat.

#104 Special Occasion: Dress with deep pink bodice, multicolor print skirt; white open weave hat; white heels; white panties.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller dreamalong.

#105 Formal: Strapless blue taffeta gown with silver net overskirt; silver net stole; blue heels; white panties.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller bopkat.

#106 Calypso: Halter dress with blue bodice, multicolor on white print skirt; yellow molded felt hat; white heels; white panties.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller bopkat.

#107 Pajamas: Pink and blue floral print on white taffeta pants; matching top with pink lace yoke and straps; pink heels.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller bopkat.

#108 Career: Dress with white Swiss dot short sleeved bodice, black and white print or checked skirt, attached black vinyl belt; white molded felt hat with black ribbon; black heels; white panties.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller bopkat.

#109 Shopping: Dress with white long sleeved bodice, multicolor modern print skirt; red molded felt hat; black heels; white panties.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller bopkat.

#110 Dude Ranch: Pink and white checked shirt; blue pants with pink and white checked trim; blue molded felt cap; white heels.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller bopkat.

#111 Loungers: Red pants; gold and white top with peplum and red trim; red heels.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller bopkat.

#112 Summer Day: White sheer nylon dress with red polka dots, red waistband; white hat with red ribbon; red heels; white panties.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller bopkat.

There was also a series of simpler dresses that had print skirts in a variety of colors, with a solid color felt bodice, no accessories.



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