Monday, September 26, 2011

Minty Monday: Godey's Little Lady Dolls

Here's something a little different for you mint in box fans. A lot of vintage doll collectors who are familiar with vinyl and hard plastic dolls think these Ruth Gibbs dolls are antiques. Actually they were made in the 1940s in Flemington, New Jersey. They have china (glazed bisque) heads and limbs with a cloth body. They are commonly found in this 7" size, but 10" and 12" dolls were made as well. Sets like Little Women and these Flower Girls can sometimes be found.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Still working on the Vogue page

I have been slowly adding more pictures and descriptions to the Vogue page on the website. This company has an interesting history and I am enjoying getting more familiar with their dolls. I don't remember ever having a Vogue doll as a child, although the company was located just a few miles from where I grew up in Boston. Here is a picture of Lil Imp, part of the Brikette line, from a Vogue ad. Both dolls were marketed as Ginny's impish cousins. I love those glasses, don't  you?

Friday, September 16, 2011

A cool website for '70s and '80s doll lovers

I found a new website today. Well, not new, but new to me. Karen's Toys sells a variety of toys and dolls from the 1960s to the present, but she specializes in '70s and '80s stuff like Dawn, Rockflowers, World of Love, Dinah-mite, Hugga Bunch, Glamour Gals, Rainbow Brite and more. I haven't purchased anything from the site, so can't give a recommendation, but it is certainly fun to look at.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Ginger's Mystery Closet

I picked this item up at an auction last night. This cardboard wardrobe measures 18.5" tall, 12" wide and 6" deep. It has double doors on the front, a wooden bar to hang the clothes from, and another wooden bar holding up the shelf above. The colors and the logo on the top indicate that it was made for Cosmopolitan's Ginger doll, a hard plastic toddler introduced in 1954, who was a competitor to Vogue's Ginny doll.  I call it Ginger's Mystery Closet because it is a mystery why an 8" doll would have a wardrobe so huge. She has a wardrobe trunk that is in scale for her, about 9" tall. Why would she need this behemoth? If you hung her little dresses on the rod, there would be several inches of empty space underneath. Any thoughts?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Minty Monday: Jackie by Ideal

I thought today I would share with you some photos that I just haven't gotten around to putting on the website yet, but they deserve to be seen.
This is Jackie by Ideal. She is 15" tall, all vinyl, and is quite rare. She was made in 1961, and according to Judith Izen's book "Collector's Guide to Ideal Dolls," she was taken off the market after First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy objected to her name being used for the doll, although the doll looks nothing like her. The Jackie doll is very similar to Ideal's Liz doll, who was also sold under the name Carol Brent in the Montgomery Ward catalog. The major difference is that Jackie has sleep eyes, while Liz/Carol's eyes were painted.
Jackie is very high quality and is the epitome of a sophisticated fashion doll.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Vogue page updated

Spent most of today doing fall cleaning on the website (see yesterday's post) and decided to celebrate by adding some new photos to the Vogue page. Some of them are composition dolls that are rarely seen. Take a look and let me know what you think.

Here's a really cool 1959 Brikette ad, probably from Playthings magazine, a toy industry publication.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Website woes

I got a nasty surprise the other night. Somebody emailed with a question about a Mary Hoyer doll. I Googled "Mary Hoyer doll" to find the URL for the company's website to see if there was a history there. One of the top links that came up was to the Hoyer page on my own VintageDollCollector site. With Google listing it as "unsafe" and "suspicious"! Apparently my site has been hijacked by malware AGAIN. I frantically contacted support at the hosting company. Their response was to refer me to some Wikipedia pages about how sites can be compromised, none of which I understood, not being a professional programmer, or even a very good amateur one. They said they could do a backup of the site. Still waiting for that. They also recommended changing passwords frequently and updating the software on the site. (Is there software on my site?) My thought is, if their servers are compromised, how is this MY fault??? How lax is their security if this keeps happening? Maybe time to switch hosting companies. Anyhow, if you are trying to find some info from the site, just leave a comment here and I'll try to help. Thanks for your patience.