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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    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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    Dolls & Accessories of the 1950s
    by Dian Zillner
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  • Revlon Doll Outfits, part 3: Queen of Diamonds

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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
    Find it on eBay
    cover
    Dolls & Accessories of the 1950s
    by Dian Zillner
    Find it on eBay.

    Copyright 2015 by Zendelle Bouchard

    Revlon Doll Outfits, part 2: Cherries a la Mode

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    This version of Cherries a la Mode is not as common as some of the others. Gold shoes are not original.

    Of the three major series of outfits worn by Ideal’s Revlon Doll, “Cherries a la Mode” was the medium priced offering. It is usually a nylon or taffeta dress; straw hat trimmed with flowers; drop pearl earrings and necklace. The 15″ dolls did not come with the hat, but had a gold elastic headband instead.

    The classic Cherries a la Mode ensemble.
    Photo courtesy of Wishbook Web.

    • Light blue, navy blue, pink or yellow nylon covered with flocked red cherries, with tulle yoke and puffed sleeves. See photo above.
    • Nylon allover floral print with short puffed sleeves, shirred front of bodice. See photo below.
    • Pale pink, blue or aqua taffeta dress with nylon eyelet overlay. See photo at top.
    • Short sleeved white with red dotted swiss, solid red yoke and waistband. A rarer version is all dotted swiss, without the solid red fabric. See photo at bottom.
    • Navy taffeta dress with low rounded neckline; white organdy modesty panel across bustline, pink rose and velvet ribbon at waist. There is also a rare green version.
    • Navy blue nylon with white printed floral bouquets. Rare.
    • Nylon dress with flocked butterflies, in navy and white or pink and pale blue.
    • Pale pink nylon dress with green and white flocked leaves. Rare.

    Nylon floral print version of Cherries a la Mode.
    Photo courtesy of American Beauty Dolls Shop.

    One of the less common versions of Cherries a la Mode.
    Photo courtesy of Melody Stackhouse.

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    Learn More:

    cover
    Collector’s Guide to
    Ideal Dolls, 3rd ed.
    by Judith Izen
    Find it on eBay.

    Revlon Dolls &
    Their Lookalikes
    by Kathy Barna
    Find it on eBay
    cover
    Dolls & Accessories of the 1950s
    by Dian Zillner
    Find it on eBay.

    Copyright 2015 by Zendelle Bouchard

    Revlon Doll Outfits, part 1: Kissing Pink

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    Ideal’s Revlon Doll in Kissing Pink outfit. It was also available in pink and yellow versions.
    Photo courtesy of American Beauty Dolls Shop.

    Ideal’s Revlon Dolls (1956-60) were sold in many different outfits. The three major series of outfits were “Kissing Pink,” “Cherries a la Mode,” and “Queen of Diamonds.” Within these series there were also many variations, and there were other series and other outfits as well. Some outfits were only available for certain sizes. The 18″ and larger size dolls generally wore black elastic-strap shoes. The 15″ size usually had black plastic mules. All dolls (except dolls in teddies or pants outfits) wore a pink taffeta petticoat and panties, and nylon hose.

    Photo courtesy of Wishbook Web.

    Dolls dressed in “Kissing Pink” outfits were the lowest priced. For jewelry, they wore a pearl necklace. Later editions had drop pearl earrings as well.

    • Striped dress in blue, pink or yellow and white with self bow and rhinestone at neckline. See photo at top. The bow on the 15″ version is black rather than self fabric.
    • Puffed-sleeve taffeta and nylon dress with rounded neckline, in pink with flocked red hearts, or in navy blue or red with white flocked hearts. See photo above.
    • Plain taffeta dress with square neckline in various colors. This is the dress pictured on the cover of the Revlon box.
    • Red or blue cotton print dress; matching long sleeved solid color knit jacket ties at waist.

      Photo courtesy of Wishbook Web.

    • Short-sleeved dress in large scale square/flowered print with cowl neckline, rhinestone trim on bodice. See photo above.
    • Green or champagne taffeta dress with short puffed sleeves, lace trim in a V pattern on bodice.
    • Linen dress with pointed collar, cap sleeves, in coral, pink or mustard with scattered black horizontal and vertical lines.
    • Nylon organdy print dress in various colors with lace trim at neckline and sleeves, black velvet ribbon waistband. Rare.
    • 15″ size only: Floral dress with organdy cowl neckline; available in blue/green or gold/orange print. See photo below.
    • 15″ size only: Cotton floral print in various colors. Same style as the striped dress, with black flat bow at neckline.

    One of the outfits only sold on the 15″ Revlon dolls. Shoes not original.

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    Learn More:

    cover
    Collector’s Guide to
    Ideal Dolls, 3rd ed.
    by Judith Izen
    Find it on eBay.

    Revlon Dolls &
    Their Lookalikes
    by Kathy Barna
    Find it on eBay
    cover
    Dolls & Accessories of the 1950s
    by Dian Zillner
    Find it on eBay.

    Copyright 2015 by Zendelle Bouchard