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Ideal’s Baby Mine doll has unusual painted side-glancing sleep eyes.

11″ Baby Mine is part of the line of inexpensive hard plastic “dress me” dolls produced by Ideal Toy Corp. in the early 1950s. Ideal had previously used the Baby Mine name for a composition doll. Baby Mine has no specified gender, so she could be dressed as either a boy or girl.

Baby Mine is constructed more like a toddler doll than a baby.

Body Construction
Baby Mine is 11″ tall, all hard plastic, with molded light brown hair, painted blue side-glancing sleep eyes, and jointed (strung) shoulders and hips. Despite the name, Baby Mine’s straight legs and flat feet classify her as more of toddler than a baby doll. Her right arm is bent.

Baby Mine’s bent right arm is reminiscent of composition dolls made 20 years earlier.

Markings
Baby Mine is embossed IDEAL DOLL on his back.

Clothing
Baby Mine was sold wearing only a diaper held on with a safety pin. The craft company Bucilla sold “thrift kits” which included all the materials to make outfits for Baby Mine. For this reason, he is also sometimes called the Thrift Kit Doll. You can see photos of the dolls in finished outfits here.

Ad from Fall/Winter 1952-53 issue of McCall’s Needlework magazine. Click on the photo to see a full size version.

Packaging
Baby Mine was sold in a box with a clear cellophane window.



Learn More:

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Collector’s Guide to
Ideal Dolls, 3rd ed.
by Judith Izen
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Dolls & Accessories of the 1950s
by Dian Zillner
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Hard Plastic Dolls
by Polly and Pam Judd
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Elise by Madame Alexander (1957-64)

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Mar 112014
 
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The first face of Elise, 1957-63.

Alexander’s Elise is the sometimes overlooked “middle sister” of their family of glamour dolls. Her sweet charm makes her a favorite of many collectors, however, and while she is most often found as a bride or ballerina, her day dresses and evening gowns are worth the search. Many of her outfits match Cissy and Cissette outfits. In 1958, Elise was sold as “Sweet 16” in the FAO Schwarz catalog.

The second face of Elise, 1962-64.

Body Construction
The first version of her, manufactured from 1957 to 1963, is 16.5″ tall and hard plastic with vinyl arms. She is jointed at the neck, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees and ankles. She has sleep eyes with brush lashes and a glued-on wig. In 1962, Elise grew to 17″ tall with a vinyl head, although the hard plastic version continued to be produced. In 1962 and ’63, some versions of Elise were made with the pouty Marybel head mold, also in vinyl (see photo below). Elise’s jointed ankles enable her to wear flats, high heels or ballet slippers.

The hard plastic Elise head and body molds were also used for other dolls, including redhead Maggie Mixup in 1961, and Queen Elizabeth II, Scarlett O’Hara and Renoir Portrait in 1963.

Elise disappeared from the catalog in 1965 and returned in 1966 in a redesigned version without the joints at her knees, elbows and ankles. Elise dolls have continued to be produced occasionally throughout the years since.

The third face of Elise, 1962-63.

Markings
Elise is marked “Alexander” on the back of her head, below the hairline, and “Mme. Alexander” on her back.

Clothing
Visit these pages for descriptions and photos of Elise’s clothing:

Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls



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Cissy Portraits (1955-61)

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Note: the number at the end of the description refers to the source where a photo of the outfit may be found. See legend at bottom of page.

The following Portrait dolls used the Cissy head and body, but instead of being called Cissy, were sold under the names listed.

#2071 – 1955 – Scarlett
Soft white cotton gown with square neckline, lace and red ribbon trim. B&W in #3

#? – 1961 – Godey
Pale lavender satin or pink taffeta gown with two rows of matching narrow braid trim near hemline, flowers at waist; darker lavender jacket with trim to match gown, elaborate trim & fringe at cuffs; lavender straw hat with flowers, tied with blue or lavender tulle; full slip; lavender heels; iridescent earrings; solitaire ring. Color in #2, #6 and #7

#2230 – 1961 – Queen Elizabeth
Gold brocade gown; sash of the garter and jewels; long white fingerless gloves; tiara; jeweled earrings, solitaire ring and bracelets. Color in #8. Also with three piece brocade, short coat costume, pill box hat of tulle.

#2235 – 1961 – Melanie

Deep blue satin sleeveless gown with v-neck; white lace long jacket; cameo necklace. Color in #2 and #8

#2240 – 1961 – Scarlett O’Hara
Blue taffeta gown with black braid trim; matching coat & bonnet; crinoline petticoat; lace mitts; velvet reticule; cameo necklace; rhinestone earrings; tiny watch pin. Color in #2 and #8

#2245 – 1961 – Lissy
Mauve pink organdy sleeveless gown with overskirt of matching accordian-pleated tulle in three tiers, trimmed with gold sequins, flowers at waist; taffeta full hoop slip with six-inch tulle ruffle at hem; pink taffeta panties; stockings; silver sandals. Color in #2 and #8

#? – 1961 – Melanie?
Red moire taffeta long-sleeved gown with black braid trim; black feather boa; black straw hat with flowers; solitaire ring. Color in #7 and #8

Renoir Cissy by Madame Alexander #2250 – 1961 – Renoir
Yellow satin gown with full skirt; matching jacket with black sequin trim; black sequin handbag; large floral headpiece with black veil; full net petticoat; white taffeta panties; black sandals; cameo earrings & necklace; diamond ring.
Godey Cissy by Madame Alexander Godey Cissy by Madame Alexander

#2260 – 1962 – Godey
Gown with white organdy bodice trimmed with lace and rhinestones, bright orange skirt with pleated ruffles; orange velvet short jacket with elbow-length sleeves trimmed with white lace; natural straw hat with flowers, pink veil pulled to the back and tied with a bow and streamers; jeweled earrings, ring; amethyst & rhinestone wrist pendant on
long chain.
Photos courtesy of eBay seller lamoretti.

#2180 – 1962 – Queen Elizabeth II
Gold brocade gown; red & blue sash of the order of Bath; single loop tiara with one double loop in center front, three large stones; long crinoline slip; taffeta panties; gold slippers; long white fingerless gloves; two rhinestone bracelets; earrings; solitaire ring. Color in #2

#? – 1961-62 – Scarlett
White organdy gown with v-neck and elbow length sleeves trimmed in lace, three tiered skirt, dark green satin ribbon trimming neckline and skirt tiers, cameo brooch; large white hat with flowers; pearl drop earrings; ring.
Photos courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

Sources for this page include:

  1. “Madame Alexander Catalog Reprints 1942-1962, Vol. 1” published by Barbara Jo McKeon
  2. “Madame Alexander’s Ladies of Fashion” by Marjorie Victoria Sturges Uhl
  3. “Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls” by Patricia R. Smith
  4. “Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls: Second Series” by Patricia R. Smith
  5. “American Dolls From the Post-War Era 1945-1965” by Florence Theriault
  6. “The Golden Age of American Dolls 1945-1965” by Cynthia Gaskill

  7. “Cissy: Identification and Price Guide” by A. Glenn Mandeville & Benita Cohen Schwartz
  8. “Madame Alexander Dolls 1948-1965” by Linda Crowsey

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Cissy’s Outerwear & Accessories

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See also: Main Cissy pageRoyalty & Wedding outfitsFull-length Evening GownsShort Gowns & Ankle-length DressesOne piece DressesDresses with Jackets, Capes or CoatsSeparatesSleepwear & Underwear

Note: the number at the end of the description refers to the source where a photo of the outfit may be found. See legend at bottom of page.

Click on the thumbnail to view a larger photo.

Outerwear

These were all boxed fashions.

#21-31 – Red coat with black and white polka dot bow; skirt of the same fabric as the bow; natural straw hat. 1957.

#? – Year? – Red velvet coat, red daisy closure at neckline; natural straw hat with matching daisies. Color in #7.

#? – Year? – Full length white satin opera coat, large red velvet bow at neckline. Color in #7

#? – 1955 – Rose velvet coat with peter pan collar, three matching buttons. Color in #7

#? – 1956 – Garnet or green velvet coat, no collar, long sleeves with cuffs; matching hat appears to be straw with flowers. B&W in #7

#? – 1957 – Pink spring coat, taffeta lined, peter pan collar, flowers at neckline. Hat was sold separately. B&W in #7

#? – 1957 – Buff colored faux fur swing coat, matching hat and muff. Color in #7

#? – 1958 – Navy flannel coat with large collar, red bow at neckline, long sleeves have cuffs; navy straw hat with flowers and veil. Color in #7.

#? – 1959 – Wool coat & matching hat in choice of brown, coral or royal blue. Other colors may have been available.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls

Accessories

Cissy’s accessories were sold in many different sets. Here are some of the combinations that were available.

Blue plastic comb, brush and mirror; six metal hair curlers; blonde braid and hair piece; four hairpins with pink and yellow satin bows; hairnet; hair lotion and hair cream; 2 plastic compacts and lipstick.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

#22-90 – year? – Pink mirror & comb; rhinestone bracelet; black & white cameo on black velvet ribbon; watch on gold chain; white hankie with lace edging; tortoiseshell-type sunglasses with flowers at corners; pearl earrings; floral bouquet in clear plastic box with carrying strap. Color in #2

#? – Year? – Faux fur stole with pink roses; sunglasses; jeweled watch pin; rhinestone bracelet, ring and earrings; pearl necklace and earrings; bouquet of flowers in clear plastic purse; white hankie with lace trim; elastic-strap sandals; nylon hose. Variations in color of stole, sunglasses and shoes exist. Color in #7

#? – 1955 – High heeled elastic strap sandals and nylon stockings.

#? – 1956 – Mink stole; evening bag; glasses; ring; bracelet.

#? – 1957 – Faux fur stole with flowers; glasses; cameo on ribbon; purse (?). B&W in #1

#? – 1957 – Faux fur stole with flowers; gold slippers; nylon stockings; sunglasses; handbag; hankie.

Sources for this page include:

  1. “Madame Alexander Catalog Reprints 1942-1962, Vol. 1” published by Barbara Jo McKeon
  2. “Madame Alexander’s Ladies of Fashion” by Marjorie Victoria Sturges Uhl
  3. “Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls” by Patricia R. Smith
  4. “Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls: Second Series” by Patricia R. Smith
  5. “American Dolls From the Post-War Era 1945-1965” by Florence Theriault
  6. “The Golden Age of American Dolls 1945-1965” by Cynthia Gaskill

  7. “Cissy: Identification and Price Guide” by A. Glenn Mandeville & Benita Cohen Schwartz
  8. “Madame Alexander Dolls 1948-1965” by Linda Crowsey

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Cissy’s Underwear and Sleepwear

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See also: Royalty & Wedding outfitsFull-length Evening GownsShort Gowns & Ankle-length DressesOne piece DressesDresses with Jackets, Capes or CoatsSeparatesOuterwear & Accessory Packs

Underwear on Basic Dolls

Cissy was sold as a basic doll in chemise, other styles of underwear were sold separately as boxed fashions.

Vintage Cissy doll by Madame Alexander #2100 – 1955-57 – The earliest chemises for the basic Cissy doll were black or white lace with satin ribbon straps and ribbon rosettes. She also wore nylon stockings and elastic-strap mules accented with a rose surrounded by the ruffle of lace. (Note that this stock number was used earlier for a doll dressed in evening gown.) There were variations of the lace used. In 1957, the chemises had longer legs created by additional lace trim.
Far left photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls. Near left photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

In 1958, the chemise for the basic Cissy was changed to a pink satin fabric with a lace panel or lace trim down the front. There were several variations of this style, some with white lace and some with black.
In 1959, the chemises were once again made of lace, but instead of the ribbon rosettes of the early years, they were decorated with hot pink rosettes made of felt.

A wonderful article by Sidney Bennett and Debbie Foster shows photos of all these styles and more. You can view it here.

Underwear Sold Separately

_undie1 (4K) _undie2 (4K) Cissy had many other underthings that were sold separately. This off white strapless corselet (or “Merry Widow”) with crocheted lace insets down front and sides and across bust, pale pink lining was sold separately.
_boxunder (5K) #? – 1959 – Cissy had many underthings that were sold separately, including this unusual flocked print petticoat & taffeta panties.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.
To see more of Cissy’s boxed underwear, visit the article referenced above.

Sleepwear

These were all boxed fashions.

The first nightgowns for Cissy, for 1955 and into 1956, had a very low v-neck (almost to her waist) in both front and back, trimmed in lace with ribbon inserted through the lace, with matching negligees that had short puffed sleeves. Most were solid pale pink nylon, but there was some variation of fabrics and some were prints.

In 1956 and ’57, a cotton batiste nightgown with a square neckline trimmed in lace and ribbon was introduced. It came in white or various colors and prints. The matching cotton negligee was still the earlier v-neck style.

For 1957, Cissy had a pink nightie with a more modest v-neck in the front. The floral print robe had a deeper v in front, like the earlier style, but was up to her neck in the back. There was also a cotton polka dot long-sleeved robe this year that did not have a matching nightgown.
In 1958, the nightgown was nylon tricot with three rows of lace trimming a scoop neck. The matching negligee had a high neck with only two rows of lace. It was available in pink or blue, or floral print on a white background.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls.

Cissy’s 1959 sleepwear was very different from previous years. The nightie had a white lace bodice with a solid pink skirt. The matching lace robe had elbow-length sleeves.

To see pictures of all these styles and more, see the article “Vintage Cissy’s Negligees and Nighties” by Debbie Foster here.

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