Doreena Ballerina Doll by Valentine (1957)

Doreena Ballerina was advertised by Valentine in 1957. She has jointed knees and ankles which enable her to wear flats, high heels or ballet slippers. She was available in a variety of ballet costumes, which are pictured in the brochure that came with her. Her special stand enabled her to post on her toes, and she had an extra outfit as well.

She was also sold with a 40 piece "Ballet Tour" gift set which included a stage set.




Extra outfit








Concertina - Musical Ballerina Doll by Valentine (1958)

20" Concertina was advertised by Valentine in 1958. She could be purchased in her Swan Lake costume, or in a gift set with several extra outfits. She has jointed knees and ankles.

Scan from Art National Manufacturers Distributing Co. catalog.

Kerr & Hinz Dolls (1940s)

Kerr & Hinz was the trade name for a line of small all bisque dolls made by the Santa Clara Tile Co. in the 1930s and '40s. They originally made dolls for Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls, then began selling the dolls under their own name. A lawsuit followed, and the remaining stock was forgotten in a warehouse until it was discovered in the 1970s.

The company made babies, pudgy toddlers and slim children from 4" to 7" tall. They are incised K&H USA on their backs. The girls have mohair wigs. Dolls were sold dressed and undressed. Kerr & Hinz dolls were popular with women's groups who bought them by the dozen to costume and sell at fundraisers.

A Wedding Party set was made with bride, groom, flower girl, ring bearer, and four bridesmaids. See it here.

Photo by Franklin Lim-Liao.

Photo by Franklin Lim-Liao.



Photo by eBay seller dreamalong.

Photo by eBay seller dreamalong.