The Grown Up Doll - Kellogg's Premium Doll from 1958

Recently I got lot of vintage Kellogg's premium dolls on Craigslist. A premium doll is a type of advertising doll that doesn't actually have anything to do with the product, but is offered to tempt you to buy the product so you can get the premium.

The Grown Up Doll was offered by Kellogg's in 1958, advertised on the cereal boxes. For $2, plus 2 box tops from Rice Krispies or Raisin Bran, you got this 10 1/2" doll with four outfits. She has a vinyl head with rooted hair and sleep eyes, and a hard plastic body with a walking mechanism.

She has high heel feet and is the same size as Little Miss Revlon, Jill and other glamour dolls of the same time period, but she doesn't have the well developed bust line that most of those dolls do.

The Grown Up Doll came in the formal gown of flocked nylon over taffeta (shown at top) with a halter top that ties with pink ribbon, and a bouquet of flowers and ribbon at the waistline. The matching hat is just a football shaped piece, with braid trim around the edge, and an elastic chin strap.

She has three extra outfits that came with her. This taffeta afternoon dress with big hearts printed on it has matching panties. A pink cotton knit sweater has a black, white and red flannel skirt, matching beret, and white taffeta panty. This white taffeta top with black velvet bow goes with a pair of red and black striped corduroy pants. The black and silver braid is sewn to the waistline, but not in a way that would wrap around her waist, so I'm not quite sure if it's just supposed to be tied in a bow or what.

For an extra $1 and another box top, you could get four more outfits - really a bargain! The party dress of floral nylon in candy pink. It has a pink taffeta panty. This blue pajama set is made of taffeta. It came with a cotton waffle embossed robe.

The Beach Togs outfit includes a red and white knit swimsuit (which won't stay up, should have had a strap around her neck or something) and a white terrycloth jacket. A cute sundress is embossed to resemble seersucker. It has a matching panty too.

The lot came with three pairs of high heeled shoes - two pairs of white heels that can go with the evening gown or the afternoon dress, and a pair of red ones to go with the flannel skirt ensemble or the pants outfit. Also a pair of nylon stockings. I'm not sure if these came with the doll and original outfits, or with the extra outfit set.

1924 Cincinnati Doll Company - Composition Carnival Kewpie Dolls

I scanned this rare copy of the Cincinnati Doll Co. catalog from 1924. They offered several different models of the composition dolls which are often called "carnival Kewpies" by collectors. These are not real Kewpie dolls, and were also sold in stores as well as given as carnival prizes. Their doll lamps are interesting too. I saw one of these at an auction recently, but unfortunately didn't win it. (Note to self: take pictures of stuff at auctions!) The company offered other items in addition to dolls, I am including those pages too.

Happy Halloween from Barbie, Tressy, Toni and me!

Although I've been collecting dolls for 25 years, this is the first time I've ever put together a group of dolls for a holiday or occasion. Not sure why it took me this long, but I'm going to be doing it a lot more often! Some of them are wearing Halloween outfits, and others are just dressed in orange. I've got a little bit of everything here from antique to modern.

This is a Madame Alexander 18” play doll. Not sure if she has a name. I got her just the other night at an auction, in a box lot with some other dolls that were in rough shape. Although I mostly collect just vintage dolls, I wanted another 18” doll to go along with my Magic Attic Keisha. I got her a cool Halloween outfit made by my friend Mary Ann. It’s made of skull and spider print fabric, the skirt has the same fabric with a layer of sparkly tulle over that. She also has a trick or treat bag. Getting this outfit was what inspired me to do the display.

This is a Sasha "Blue Gingham," made by Trendon in the ‘70s. I won her cute orange dress in the raffle at a Sasha luncheon I went to last year.

This is a vintage Tressy doll by Ideal from the early 1970s. She’s one of the grow hair dolls, and she’s wearing her friend Crissy’s original orange dress. I got a pair of black shoes on eBay to match her hair.

This is an Ideal Toni doll from the 1950s. I think this dress was also made by Mary Ann. Her hair is pretty messy. Most of my dolls have messy hair, I’m no good at styling it. I should only be allowed to collect dolls with molded hair!

Here’s an Edith Flack Ackley cloth doll. I was told she lost her yarn hair in a fight with a dog some years ago. I meant to give her new hair, but have never gotten around to it. I gave her the orange knit hat to keep her head warm. Her dress has pretty fall colors. She has a padded bustline and is entirely hand stitched, so she may have been made by Mrs. Ackley herself.

This Barbie clone is Miss Orient from the "Children of All Nations United" series by Uneeda from the 1960s. She has the Wendy Ward or Miss Debutante head mold with sleep eyes, but she has a regular fashion doll type body. Her orange and black kimono coordinates nicely with the Halloween dolls.

This is the reproduction "Silken Flame" Barbie doll from 1997. I originally designed the witch outfit to dress an Ideal "Bewitched" Samantha doll, but I ended up selling that doll and made another outfit for Barbie. The cape attaches to the bodice of the dress with hooks and eyes, so she can have two different looks.

I resisted collecting teddy bears for a long time, but now I seem to be accumulating them. This is a hand made vintage bear, don’t know who made her, but I liked the fact that her orange dress matches her orange eyes. She’s got a very cute face with a little bit of a snout. I love her.

Here’s one of the Hasbro Dolly Darlings from the mid 1960s. She’s called "Beth at the Supermarket," and originally came with a little shopping cart and some miniature food items. Now here’s a doll who’s hair I can’t mess up!

This is an antique celluloid baby doll made by Viscoloid. She has a very pretty face, and bent baby legs. Nothing to do with Halloween, but her dress coordinates with the others, and I get to enjoy her up close for a few days.

This is Hoppy vander Hare wearing her "Bunny Bones" Halloween costume. I love the hat that her long ears fit in to. The skeleton printed on the costume supposedly glows in the dark. I should put her out in the sun for a few hours and see if it still works. She was made in the ‘90s by North American Bear Company.

And here’s her friend Muffy vander Bear, wearing her "Black Cat" costume. It’s made of velveteen with embroidery to look like claws. There’s a little elastic loop on one paw so she can hold her mask. Muffy and Hoppy both have little Trick or Treat bags, I don’t know what I did with them.

I also wanted to show you this cute Halloween costume made by my friend Phyllis for a Leeann doll. Unfortunately I can’t find Leeann! She’s packed away somewhere.

Are you dressing your dolls up for Halloween? If you are, post the link to your blog post, video or instagram in the comments, I’d love to see them! Have a safe and happy holiday!

Withington Auction Preview - October 2018 - Treasures of Childhoods Past

Rare and wonderful antique dolls including Izannah Walker, Martha Chase, Bru, Jumeau, Huret, Kestner and many more, on view in this preview of Withington Auction's October 18-19, 2018 sale. Enjoy!

Let's Go to a Doll Show! Antique, Vintage and Modern Dolls, Artist Bears, Dollhouse Miniatures and More!

A tour of the Seacoast Doll, Bear and Folk Art Show held in North Hampton, NH in June 2018. See fabulous antique French and German bisque dolls, vintage composition dolls, cloth and hard plastic dolls, artist made bears, folk art animals, dollhouse miniatures both antique and modern, and much more!


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