May 062013
 
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Grannykins / Grandma doll by Royal Doll Co. & Jolly Toys

Grannykins sold by Royal Doll Co. and Grandma sold by Jolly Toys are the same doll. They have the face and hair of an older woman, with a regular high heeled glamour doll body, and date to the late fifties/early sixties. Because dolls have been found with a variety of markings, it is not certain which company actually made them. A rare Grandpa doll was made as well.

Body Construction
The Grandma doll pictured is 19″ tall, all vinyl, jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips. She has salt-and-pepper hair pulled back in a bun, with curly bangs. She has gray-green sleep eyes with brush lashes, and pale pink lips and fingernails. Her ears are pierced. Other dolls were made with all white hair, or styled in a widow’s peak without the bangs. Some dolls are jointed at the waist.

Grannykins / Grandma doll by Royal Doll Co. & Jolly Toys

Markings
The doll pictured is marked 20-5-SG on her upper back, with nothing on her head. Some dolls are marked “A ROYAL DOLL” with a copyright symbol on the back of their heads. Other dolls are completely unmarked.

Clothing
This Grandma wears an evening gown with a black velvet bodice and black nylon skirt flocked with white stripes and glitter. She carries a black velvet stole lined in silver lame, accented with a rose. Underneath she wears a plain, stiff petticoat and nylon panty. She has nylons and plastic heels as well. Her jewelry consists of a pearl necklace and drop pearl earrings. The Granny dolls were either sold in long prairie style dresses, or more modern evening gowns like this one. Some Granny dolls were sold wearing glasses.

Grannykins / Grandma doll by Royal Doll Co. & Jolly Toys

Packaging
Granny dolls were sold in boxes with a large cello window in the front to display them.

See more Granny dolls at the Deluxe Doll House website.



Copyright 2013 by Zendelle Bouchard

Apr 302013
 
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This boy doll is very similar to Pullan’s Bobby and Little Mister Bad Boy, which were made in the early 1960s. His original outfit suggests he was made as a companion for a bride doll.

Vinyl boy doll marked F in a circle

Body Construction
He is all vinyl, 20″ tall, jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips. He has detailed molded hair, painted light brown, and blue/green sleep eyes with brush lashes. Here’s a closeup of his face.

Markings
His only marking is a letter F in a circle on his lower back. He is the first doll I have ever seen with this marking.

Clothing
He wears a one piece outfit of white cotton sleeveless shirt, black cotton pants with stitched front crease and braid trim accenting the side seams, and black satin cummerbund. The outfit closes in the back with small factory snaps. See a back view. He would have had a jacket to match the pants originally. The shoes and socks he is wearing are probably similar to his original ones.



Copyright 2013 by Zendelle Bouchard

Apr 242013
 
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Dollikin Ballerina doll by Uneeda

Body Construction
The Dollikin Ballerina is the same doll as the regular Dollikin, but she has a few specific traits. Her hair is usually black, and is styled into either a chignon with severe widow’s peak, or a short fluffy bubblecut. This doll did not generally have pierced ears. Her eye paint is exaggerated, with long black painted lashes at the outer corner of each eye, and black eyebrows. The less common blonde dolls have eyelashes and brows painted brown instead of black.

Markings
Markings are the same as Dollikin.

Clothing
The Dollikin Ballerina seems to have been available in a wide variety of costumes, generally in satin with lace or tulle. All came with cotton tights and soft vinyl slippers. The dressed doll pictured above wears a very stiff ivory-colored (may have been white at one time) costume with ivory, purple and green lace sleeves, with the same lace forming the skirt over a layer of tulle. Other costumes included a tutu edged with silver braid, with pink or lavender tulle skirt and sleeves covered with silver dots; and a red long sleeved dress which looks more like an ice skating or majorette outfit.

Packaging
The Ballerina doll was sold in different packaging from the regular Dollikin. The Ballerina’s box has her posed as if she is dancing, attached to a black and white backing card illustrated with her in various positions. The front of the box is curved and has a large plastic window to display her beautifully. You can see a photo of her on Valerie Myers’ website.





Copyright 1997-2013 by Zendelle Bouchard.

Apr 122013
 
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Uneeda made a few character dolls from comic strips and movies over the years, including a few tie-ins with Disney.

Orphan Annie cloth doll by Uneeda Orphan Annie cloth doll by Uneeda This all cloth Orphan Annie doll has a molded mask face with painted features. She came with white socks and black shoes, and likely dates to the 1920s. She was an exclusive for Walgreens stores.

Disney's Pollyanna doll by Uneeda Disney's Pollyanna doll by Uneeda Pollyanna was made in 10.5″ and 32″ versions, and possibly also a 17″ version. Dressed in red and white checked dress and pantalettes with straw hat. Tie in to the Walt Disney film of the same name starring Hayley Mills. 1960.

Other 32″ dolls include the Princess from Babes in Toyland, another Disney film tie-in, she has a similar face to Pollyanna but with a closed mouth and pink hair.



Popeye is the famous comic character with soft vinyl head and arms and cloth body, made in 8″ and 16″ versions. His hat and pipe are molded as one piece with his head. 1979. Olive Oyl and Swee’Pee dolls were made as well.

Uneeda Comix, a series of adult-oriented comic books published in the 1970s, are no relation to the Uneeda Doll Co.

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Some of Uneeda’s most popular dolls with kids and collectors have been their pocket-size dolls including Pee Wees, Wishnik Trolls, Petal People and Tiny Teens. They are all vinyl and were produced beginning in the mid-sixties. The company acquired Mattel’s Liddle Kiddles name in the mid-90s and produced a new series of them.

Wishnik Troll by Uneeda Wishnik Trolls are a knockoff of the Dam Trolls which became popular in Europe in the early sixties, and shortly afterward became a fad in America. The Wishniks have one piece bodies, jointed only at the neck. The two-headed version is most popular with collectors. The Wishniks were reissued in the ’80s and ’90s.



The original version of Petal People, made in 1964, have Pee Wees heads on Wishnik Troll bodies with flower costumes. In 1968 they came out with a 2.5″ tall doll packaged inside a plastic flower, planted in a small round flower pot. A Flower Shoppe with three of these Petal People was also available. The dolls were also renamed Pixie Petal People and sold in a much shorter flower with a square pot. Yet another version of Petal People were produced in the ’80s. These are more like the original ones, short and stocky, but they have molded hair and elvish looking eyes. There was also a Petal People paper doll.

Tiny Trix Poses are small vinyl dolls with rooted hair, wired arms and legs for posability. Each came packaged with an accessory such as a scooter, swing, or rocking horse. 1966.

PlumPees are chubby seated vinyl squeeze dolls in 6″ and 8″ sizes. They have molded hair and clothing. 1967.



Little Sophisticates are 8″ vinyl dolls with wired arms for posability. The most unusual feature about this doll is that their faces are painted to make it appear that their eyes are closed. They have rooted lashes beneath each eye. 6 dolls were made, with a variety of hair styles and colors, each sold in a different outfit. They are not hard to find, but you almost never see them in their original packaging. 1967. The name was used again in 1983 for an 8.5″ vinyl toddler with rooted hair and painted side glancing eyes.

Tiny Sophisticates are 6″ vinyl girls with rooted hair and painted eyes. May have long rooted eyelashes.

Pee Wees & Hee Wees by Uneeda Pee Wees chubby vinyl pocket size dressed girl dolls, have painted side glancing eyes and rooted hair. Sold in many different outfits. The original version came out in the mid ’60s. Hee Wees, “Tiny He-Men”, are boy versions with molded hair who wear uniforms such as baseball player, firefighter, etc. There were Pee Wees Babies as well. An updated version of the Pee Wees came out in 1976. Posin’ Pee Wees are dated 1984 and have different bodies. Pee Wees Cuties appeared in 1987. Photo courtesy of eBay seller art-in-mind.

Fun Time Tiny Teen doll by Uneeda Tiny Teen doll by Uneeda Tiny Teens are 5″ dressed dolls from 1967. They have cute little accessories. The Fun Time doll is pictured far left. The doll in the blue package is a later, unnamed version without the accessories. Read more about Tiny Teens here. In 1970 the same doll was repackaged again as Donna Fashion Doll. Photos courtesy of eBay seller franklin2000.

Kim, Miki and Dana are just 5″ tall but they have a growing hair feature. Kim had extra outfits available to purchase. You learn more about them here.

Tummy “The Pudgy Pixie” 9″ girl doll with protruding exposed midriff. Apparently this was supposed to be cute. Rooted hair, painted side-glancing eyes. 1973.

Minuette 8″ costume doll, rooted hair, painted eyes 1973.

Thum Things doll by Uneeda Thum Things doll by Uneeda Thum-Things dolls have three faces which rotate on their head. They have molded hair and are 4″ tall. They came in a variety of outfits and hair colors. 1973. Photos courtesy of ebay seller bouchy.

Grannykins is a 6″ grandmother doll with gray hair and painted on eyeglasses. She was available in a variety of matronly outfits.

I’m Hanthum is a 7″ thumb sucking boy doll with an oversized head and rooted hair. His sister is called I’m Lonethum. 1977.

Bootniks “The Cutest Doll in the West” looks like a Pee Wee, comes in a vinyl or plastic cowboy boot. 1981.

The International Collection is an 8″ vinyl girl doll with six different international outfits. 1981.

Kupples 8″ Bride and Groom packaged together, vinyl heads and cloth bodies. 1985.

Uneeda Liddle Kiddles doll Uneeda Liddle Kiddles doll Uneeda acquired the Liddle Kiddles name (which previously belonged to Mattel) and manufactured them in the ’90s. There are several series including Clip On, Strap On, Pretty Perfume, Lovely Locket and Bottle Baby. Photos courtesy of eBay seller den268.

Copyright 2013 by Zendelle Bouchard.