"Circle P" is not a name of a manufacturer but refers to a marking which was commonly used on 10" to 10.5" glamour dolls sold by various companies. Among the companies that are reputed to have used this marking are Admiration, Arranbee, Beehler Arts, Belle, Elite, Sayco, Uneeda and Princess Anna. There is a wide variation in the quality of these dolls, with some having heavy vinyl, jointed bodies, well-made clothing and thick, easily-styled hair, and others being cheaper versions for the lower-end market.
Because it is widely known that Arranbee's high-quality Miss Coty is a Circle P doll, many dealers and collectors assume that every doll with this marking is her. But the wise collector should look for some documenting evidence before purchasing a doll reputed to be Miss Coty.
The 10" doll at right is an example of a medium-quality Circle P doll. Her golden blonde hair, rooted in a side part style, is not of the finest grade but her body is of nice heavy vinyl with joints at the neck, shoulders and hips. She has gray sleep eyes with molded lashes, and no painted lashes. Her fingernails are painted red but her toenails are unpainted. She has pierced ears with drop pearl earrings. She is nearly identical to the E Doll. Besides the marking, the only difference is that the base of her head is molded slightly thinner.
She is marked with a capital letter "P" in a circle on the back of her head below the hairline.
This doll's original outfit is very simple but nice. It is a strapless polished cotton sundress in vibrant pink and gold with gold braid trim at the top of the bodice. It closes with a white donut-type snap marked "SK LIKITS RAU". She also wears white nylon tricot panties and white heels with a molded bow across the instep.
Sources for this page include:
- "Glamour Dolls of the 1950s & 1960s" by Polly and Pam Judd
Copyright 2000-2007 by Zendelle Bouchard.