10″ Toni Doll by American Character (1958-60)

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Dec 102015
 
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Dark brunette American Character 10″ Toni doll.

American Character‘s 10″ Toni is a wonderfully-made doll with a sweet expression. She is slightly smaller than many of the similar-sized dolls made by other companies. The Toni name was licensed from Gillette and the doll was used as a tie-in to their Toni home permanent. A Toni Playwave Kit, used to style the doll’s hair, was sold separately. Toni was also sold in 14″, 20″ and 25″ sizes.

Body Construction
Most Toni dolls are all vinyl. The earlier versions were strung, while the later, and more common type has flanged joints. A few dolls have been found with vinyl heads and hard plastic bodies, and it is speculated that this is the earliest version since they also have the strung joints. Toni is jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips only. She has rooted hair, in platinum, golden blonde, red or dark brunette, styled in a curly bob with bangs. Two metal barrettes hold her hair in place. She has sleep eyes with molded lashes, and painted lashes at the corner of each eye. Tiny Toni has no paint on her nails, and no earring holes.

American Character Toni is marked in the middle of her back.
Photo courtesy of Franklin Lim-Liao.

Markings
She is marked “AMER. CHAR. DOLL CORP 1958” in a circle on the back of her head, and “AMERICAN CHARACTER 1958” with a copyright symbol, on her lower back.

Clothing
The 10″ Toni doll’s original outfit is an off-white, one-piece strapless stretch lace teddy, with a frill of pink tulle at the hem. She also wears white plastic heels with a molded bow across the instep.

Toni had numerous separate boxed outfits available. See the Toni Outfits page for a complete list. Her clothing is not tagged. Some of the outfits were also available on the larger size Tonis, but with variations.

Packaging
Toni was packaged in a box with graphics evoking ’50’s modern style. Interestingly, the doll is pictured on the box with earrings, although she had none.

Toni could also be purchased in a box set with the playwave kit and accessories, wearing her “Bon Soir” outfit. See the brochure illustration below.



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American Character Dolls
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Dolls & Accessories of the 1950s
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The Doll & Teddy Bear Department
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10″ Margot Doll by Alexander (1961)

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Nov 222015
 
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10″ Margot by Alexander. Photo courtesy of Nancy McKee.

In the 1950’s Madame Alexander used the name Margot for a 14″ ballerina doll with the Margaret face mold. But 1961, the 10″ version of Margot was introduced. She is an all hard plastic glamour doll, the same doll as Cissette, but has an upswept hairdo with a spit curl over her left eye. 10″ Margot is most commonly found as a brunette but blondes were made as well. She has the same dramatic eye paint as Jacqueline. Margot dolls were later used for some of the Portrette series. See a closeup photo of the above doll here. See a back view here.

Margot had several different outfits available. This may not be a complete list.

#? – Silver stretch top (probably came with pants)
#? – Blue and white top with vertical stripes, Mandarin collar, three buttons; orange pants. Sold separately. See photo above.
#? – Pink nylon nightie; black lace peignoir with pink ribbon tie. Sold separately. #905 – Black pants; white eyelet top.
#910 – Black velvet panty; red or yellow satin brocade halter top with gold straps; black elastic-strap heels; pearl drop earrings. See photo at top. This photo shows a variation of the top.
#920 – Purple or lavender satin princess-cut gown with sequined straps; may have matching stole rhinestone or pearl drop earrings; bracelet.
#925 – White satin gown and matching long cape with high collar.
#0965 – Silver lame gown with rhinestone straps, small blue velvet bow at waist. See photo below.
#0970 – Pink pique coat with elbow-length sleeves, trimmed in green rickrack; matching hat. Sold separately. See photo at bottom.

Vintage Margot doll by Madame Alexander.

Photo courtesy of Withington Auction, Inc.



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Cissette: A Collectors Guide
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by Marjorie E. Merod, MD
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Collector’s Encyclopedia of
Madame Alexander Dolls 1948-1965
by Linda Crowsey
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Madame Alexander Dolls:
An American Legend
by Stephanie Finnegan
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Collette Doll by Cragstan Industries (Early 1960s)

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Sep 252015
 
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Collette by Cragstan Industries is an unusual doll mannequin whose body pops apart to fit her clothing pieces onto her. There is no date on the box or doll, but the patent (2964873) was granted in 1960, so she was likely manufactured in 1961 or ’62. American Character made a similar doll called Popi, but she has fewer joints than Collette.

Cragstan Industries was better known for the mechanical toys and novelties they imported, but they did sell some dolls, which were made in Hong Kong. The company had offices in New York City and a warehouse in Bayonne, NJ. They began in business as Craig-Stanton Sales Corp. in 1954. By 1961 they were doing business under the name Cragstan Industries. The company dissolved in 1988.



Body Construction
Collette She measures 9 1/4″ tall, and is all vinyl with pop-apart jointed at her neck (two places), shoulders, mid-bust and waist. Her hips are also jointed, but the legs are not removable. The two pieces of her torso are molded in black to make it appear that she is wearing a strapless teddy or swimsuit. The lower edge of her neck piece is beaded to look like she is wearing a necklace. She has painted blue side-glancing eyes, and a dark blonde wig pulled back into a bun. See back view.



Clothing
Collette comes with a sheet of fabric with her outfit pieces printed in multiple colors. She can be “dressed” by cutting out and positioning the clothing pieces to make six different outfits, as shown on the front of the box. Some of the pieces can also be mixed and matched to make variations. Collette comes wearing black flat shoes.



Packaging
Collette’s box opens up to display her on a stage. A four page insert included with her explains the process of dressing her. See page 1page 2page 3page 4.









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Revlon Doll Outfits, part 5: Extra Boxed Outfits

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Aug 292015
 
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Scan from 1959 Sears Christmas Book, courtesy of WishbookWeb..

Revlon Deb Doll in one of the extra boxed outfits that were available. This gown was also sold in an aqua version.

Toward the end of production the 15″, 18″ and 20″ Revlon Dolls by Ideal were also sold in a black and white lace-print teddy with black satin ribbon straps. These are called “Deb” dolls. An 18″ doll was sold in a very rare lavender gingham two piece swimsuit. Evening gowns and day dresses were sold separately to dress them in. The gowns are very rare. Some of these extra boxed outfits have the Revlon banner tag on the front of the dress like the dressed dolls, but not all.

Floral print gown sold as an extra boxed outfit for Ideal’s Revlon Doll. It came in blue or multicolor versions as well as the orange.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller lovethatscooba!

  • Pale pink taffeta and tulle with lace overlay on bodice. There is a matching Little Miss Revlon outfit.
  • Pink or aqua jacquard taffeta with one shoulder strap; pink tulle flounce on shoulder with pink flowers. See photo above.
  • Strapless dress with black velvet bodice, brocade skirt in pale pink or blue, with large self bow at waist; pearl jewelry.
  • Large scale floral print in blue, orange or multicolor print, with tulle shoulder straps, bodice overlay and drapery at waist. See photo above.
  • Gown with satin bodice in emerald green or ruby red, with white nylon taffeta skirt. May be strapless or have thin spaghetti straps.
  • 7R2 – Cotton print dress with cowl neckline, waistband and sleeve bands in solid color trim. Available in several color combinations.
  • Taffeta dress in various pastel colors with white and gold swirl print, dropped waist with waistband, sleeve bands.
  • Nylon dress with scattered print of pale red hearts. Lace trim at neckline and armholes. Black ribbon at waist. See photo below.
  • Halter top dress with black velvet bodice and brightly colored cotton print skirt, usually red or blue with black and gold print. The red version matches a Little Miss Revlon outfit.
  • Nylon dresses in various prints with short sleeves, down the front of the bodice there is a strip of black velvet ribbon accented with rhinestones and trimmed on either side with white lace.
  • Mustard yellow cotton print blouse and skirt with black and white rickrack edging on blouse.
  • Aqua faille coat with white collar and cuffs. Little Miss Revlon has a matching coat.

    Extra boxed outfit for Ideal’s Revlon Doll.

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    Collector’s Guide to
    Ideal Dolls, 3rd ed.
    by Judith Izen
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    Revlon Dolls &
    Their Lookalikes
    by Kathy Barna
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    Dolls & Accessories of the 1950s
    by Dian Zillner
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  • Revlon Doll Outfits, part 3: Queen of Diamonds

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    Aug 272015
     
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    Ideal Revlon Dolls dressed in Queen of Diamonds outfits. At left, lace and tulle; right, velveteen bodice and taffeta skirt with gold metallic threads.

    Ideal’s highest priced line of Revlon dolls were dressed in outfits called Queen of Diamonds. These featured more expensive fabrics, such as taffeta, velveteen and lace, often accompanied by a real fur stole; rhinestone earrings, necklace and solitaire ring. Shoes were usually black but sometimes matched the color of the dress.

    This Queen of Diamonds ensemble had a velveteen coat, and a scarf of the same gold lame as the dress bodice. A variation had a red coat.

    • Pale pink tulle and white lace dress with tiered skirt. See photo at top.
    • Red velveteen bodice with short sleeves; white taffeta skirt with horizontal and vertical gold threads; fur stole. See photo at top.
    • Sleeveless dress with gold metallic bodice, red cotton full skirt with black and gold print; red or black velvet coat; long gold scarf to match bodice fabric. See photo above.
    • Aqua, blue, green, red, pink or yellow brocade taffeta with net yoke, sleeves and sash; fur stole. See photo below.
    • Red, blue, teal or green velveteen dress with short sleeves, pink taffeta sash that ties into a bow in the back; rabbit fur stole. See photo at bottom.
    • Polished cotton dress in pink or red with white squared collar, plastic pin on bodice.

    Taffeta brocade Queen of Diamonds dress came in several color variations.

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    Learn More:

    cover
    Collector’s Guide to
    Ideal Dolls, 3rd ed.
    by Judith Izen
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    Revlon Dolls &
    Their Lookalikes
    by Kathy Barna
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    cover
    Dolls & Accessories of the 1950s
    by Dian Zillner
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    Copyright 2015 by Zendelle Bouchard