This all vinyl girl is 22.5″ tall and has a rather rigid vinyl head with a lightweight blow-molded vinyl body. She is jointed at the neck, shoulders, and hips, with a walking mechanism. Her head does not turn. Raising her arm, as the tag instructs, doesn’t do anything other than give you something to hold on to. She has blue sleep eyes with brush lashes and pink lips with a small hole in the center. Her brunette hair is styled in a short curly ‘do.
She is marked with a “U” on the back of her head.
She wears a cheaply made red satin dress trimmed with synthetic lace. It closed with two safety pins in the back. She wears cotton knit panties, rayon knit socks and white vinyl shoes.
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Uneeda’s Wee Three is one of the “family” sets of dolls produced during the 50s – 60s that allowed children to imagine scenarios of interaction between mother and children. Effanbee’s Most Happy Family is another set of this type.
The mother of the family is a 19″ doll, rigid vinyl with a softer vinyl head, jointed at neck, hips and shoulders. She may be jointed at the waist as well. All examples I have seen have platinum blonde hair. She has sleep eyes with brush lashes and red lips. She is joined by her all-vinyl toddler and baby.
She wears a sleeveless dress of dark red cotton, banded at the neckline with polka-dotted fabric. Her coat is of the same material, with polka dot collar and cuffs. She wears a matching hat and red plastic heels.
Her daughter wears a matching dress and bonnet, socks and shoes. Baby is attired in a fluffy white bunting and comes complete with a bottle.
Packaging Wee Three’s box served as a display unit as well as packaging. It advertises the drink-and-wet capabilities of the children and extols the quality of the workmanship.
In the ’70s and ’80s Uneeda produced other sets using the Wee Three name but these include a little girl, toddler and baby, with no mother doll.
Uneeda’s posable Dollikin is their most well-known glamour girl, but they used the same head mold to make other dolls without all the extra joints, including the ones pictured here and the Mother from the Wee Three set.
These 19″ dolls have a rigid vinyl body with softer vinyl head. They are jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips. Some, like the bride doll pictured above, are also jointed at the waist. They have sleep eyes with brush lashes, and painted lashes underneath each eye. They have unpainted nails. The glamour dolls came in a variety of haircolors, including carrot red, and in various styles, including the short bob shown on these dolls, and an updo with spit curl.
These dolls are marked “UNEEDA/2S” on the back of their heads below the hairline. This is the same marking as seen on the Dollikin heads.
These dolls came dressed in a variety of outfits. The bride doll is wearing an ivory satin wedding gown with unusual cowl neckline, trimmed with a ruffle of tulle. Two layers of tulle over the skirt give it volume. She wears satin full-length mitts and carries a small bouquet of simple white fabric flowers with satin streamers. Her veil is lace with a satin ribbon bow pinned to the back. She also wears drop pearl earrings, white nylon panties and white plastic heels.
The doll pictured above wears a lavender and white striped dress made of a silky taffeta, and she has a white satin ribbon bow at the neck. She also wears white nylon panties, pearl drop earrings and white plastic heels.
The box the striped dress doll came in is pictured with her. The bottom is turquoise heavy corrugated cardboard. On one end is printed “Beauty Quality/A Uneeda Doll/Since 1917” with space for the doll’s dress, eye, hair color and style number to be noted. “1202” is very lightly stamped as the style number. “COAP-122” is written in pencil, but whether this is original is unknown.
Once Barbie had a boyfriend (Ken), the next logical step was for her to acquire a best friend to share her secrets with (not to mention her clothes!). Midge debuted in 1963.
Redheaded Midge dolls wear a chartreuse & orange swimsuit. Blondes get two shades of blue; brunettes wear a hot pink top and red bottom.
Photo courtesy of Withington Auction, Inc.
The first version of Midge had the same straight leg body as Barbie, with a new head mold. She was available as a blonde, brunette or redhead, in a short flip hairdo with bangs, and blue eyes. Most dolls have a closed mouth smile and freckles; but some have no freckles, or a small white area painted between her lips to indicate teeth. Midge was sold in a two piece swimsuit with white open toe shoes. The color of the swimsuit varied according to the doll’s hair color. This first version of Midge was available from 1963 through ’66.
In 1964, Wig Wardrobe Midge was introduced. This set included a Midge head with a short, molded hairstyle, and three wigs for her to wear.
In 1965, Barbie and Midge got a new bendable leg body. Bendable Leg Midge had a new, short pageboy hairstyle with an aqua ribbon headband, a one piece multicolor striped swimsuit, and aqua open toe shoes. She was again available in three different hair colors.
Mattel stopped using the Midge name for many years until re-introducing her with a new head mold in the late ’80s. The original Midge head mold continued to be used throughout the mod era for Barbie’s friend PJ. Mattel made a reproduction of the original Midge in 1997.
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Photo courtesy of Laura Meisner.
Miss Twist is a variation of Uneeda’s Dollikin doll, marketed to capitalize on the “Twist” dance craze of the early 1960s.
Body Construction & Markings
For general information on body construction and markings, see the Dollikin page. Miss Twist was sold with a black curly bob hairdo and heavy black eye paint.
She wears an ivory satin dress with layers of fringe on the skirt and around the neckline–sort of a flapper effect, with a matching headband and drop pearl earrings. She is pictured above with one of the regular line Dollikins.