Identifying Dolls with Hard Plastic Bodies?

I have some more fun finds. I have no idea about these beautiful ladies, but I just had to have them in my collection. Their bodies are made of hard plastic, but there are no identifiable marks. Their arm joints are stretchy rubber bands. Any information would be appreciated!


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July 23, 20190 found this helpful

These are not expensive dolls. Without more markings it will be hard to identify them.

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July 23, 20190 found this helpful

Thank you, Judy!

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July 23, 20190 found this helpful

Thank you, Judy!

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July 23, 20190 found this helpful

I am going to do some digging, because their names are escaping me, but they look like the kit dolls we used to buy at the five and dime and dress ourselves with fancy outfits we made either in Scouts or summer camp.

Some still have some value in the clothing.

What leads me to believe this is what you have is the description of the hard plastic and rubber band arms. I need to dig up some of my items and hopefully I will have more soon! Thanks for sharing these!!

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July 24, 20190 found this helpful

At first I thought these could be Ginny dolls but they look more like the Duchess dolls. These were made in the 40's and 50's and were a big hit. Many were named after famous people and dolls of the world.
Check these out and see if they look like your dolls.

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July 25, 20190 found this helpful

I am still digging! Can you give me a little more info

How tall are they?

Is the hair on both synthetic (feels very slippery) or is it mohair (feels more like real hair with a little roughness/texture)?

The more I look at them, especially the one on the right, she has a look of an early Barbie "clone" because of the make up and the expression on her face. If that hunch is correct she would be ver late 1950s or very early 1960s.

The one on the left looks a little older. She is much more subdued and regal looking. I agree with cybergrannie that they do resemble the Dutchess dolls (at least the one on the left does), but I thought Dutchess dolls were always marked and they were always 6 inches? 8 inches? Small dolls.

If she was 6 inches (the one on the left) I thought maybe a Hollywood Doll, but again, I think they were always marked and I can't remember if they had painted shoes.

I am still going down the path of my first gut feeling that both are in custom clothing...meaning the dolls came naked or in their underpinnings and mom or auntie or grammy made the clothes. I need to find some old Woolworths ads...that would help me tremendously.

Knowing how tall and their hair material may narrow it down as to who made them.

Just as an aside, I know there is still a lot of value in vintage doll clothes (especially custom outfits) even if the dolls don't turn out to be valuable.

I will look for more info and maybe that will take me down a new road!

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July 26, 20190 found this helpful

I remember having similar dolls years ago and it seems they were made by more than one company.
If you check the link for Duchess dolls you'll see it is for Duchess Doll Corp dolls which was different from Duchess dolls and not all of the Duchess dolls had markings (I had some in clear plastic/cellophane bags and some with just a paper tag).

Another of this type doll was the Dress Me Dolls and most were so similar but if you read about each one there are some distinctions so I'm hoping an ID can be made by comparing all the pictures and information with each of the dolls as they may not both be the same brand.

So many possibilities as so many companies made this type doll and they were sold to practically every store in America due to how cute they were and their affordability they sold like 'hotcakes'.

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