Dolls with pastel hair colors, especially pink, were popular in the late 1950s. Schoen & Yondorf, under the trade name Sayco, jumped on the trend with this pretty toddler.
She is 15″ tall, with a soft vinyl head and arms on a blow molded vinyl torso and legs. She is jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips. She has rooted pink hair in curls, with a circlet braid on top and bangs. Her blue sleep eyes have brush lashes and painted lashes below. She has single stroke painted brown eyebrows and orange-red lips.
She is marked “©: SAYCO DOLL CORP.” on the back of her head.
This doll wears a pink satin strapless gown with attached stole and overskirt of nylon with a satiny floral design. She has bouquets of pink flowers at the hem of the overskirt, at the bodice, and in her hair. Underneath, she wears a crinoline with a narrow strip of vinyl stitched to the hem, nylon panty, rayon socks and white vinyl Mary Jane shoes.
Copyright 2016 by Zendelle Bouchard
Belle Doll & Toy Corp. was headquartered in New York City in the 1950s. Their earliest documented doll is Heddi Stroller, a 20″ hard plastic walking girl doll. They are most known for their high heeled glamour dolls including Margie and Marjorie, all vinyl dolls whose faces resemble Alexander’s Cissy. Little Miss Margie is similar to Ideal’s Little Miss Revlon, and has extra boxed fashions. They also made multi-jointed Twixie, whose posability was meant to capitalize on the popularity of Uneeda’s Dollikin. Ballerina Belle is another jointed doll, who may be the same doll as Twixie. One thing that seems certain is that, while the company’s dolls were patterned after the successful dolls of other companies, they had a charm and personality of their own as well.
Copyright 1999-2016 by Zendelle Bouchard