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American Character Sweet Sue

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Sweet Sue was a very popular doll from the 50s.
She is often found dressed as a bride or in a ballgown.
A distinctive feature is a hoop slip to give the dress a very full appearance.   American Character was not consistent in marking their dolls.  Sometimes they are marked, Am. Char., or A.C., or not at all. I found this lovely lady in a thrift store.   She is marked A.C.  She was complete with her flowered veil,
bouquet and satin center-snap shoes. She is 14" tall.  Sweet Sue came in several different sizes and her face seems to vary slightly with the size.  One of the prettiest, I think, is the largest 30" size however I do not have an example of that one yet.

 
 

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Here is another American Character Sweet Sue that is 17" tall.  She is not marked but is wearing a well documented all original dress and shoes.  She is a beautiful walker doll with soft matte coloring.  When I found her,  the top layer of her hair was sticking straight up and the original curls were clumped together.  I gently worked it down and feathered out the curls to reveal these beautiful waves.  Sometimes it only takes a little maintenance to bring these dolls back to their original glory.  She has the most gorgeous face!  I love how her eyes match the blue in her dress.

 
 

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  This is another Sweet Sue Walker (1955-56).  Like the one mentioned previously, she stands 17" tall.  However, she is different in that she has elbow jointed vinyl arms and her hard plastic legs are also jointed at the knee, allowing her to kneel down or sit in a chair.  She wears an original pink taffeta dress (missing hat and flower at waist).  I believe this outfit is called "Birthday Party.  The shoes are replaced.  
 

Here is the doll above showing her jointed arms and knees.  

The doll below is similarly constructed but is quite a bit larger at 23".

 
 

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This beauty is a tall 23" walker wearing what I believe is an original cotillion style gown with pearl jewelry.  Her body is hard plastic but her arms are a hard rubber, jointed at the elbow so that she can pose her hands quite gracefully.  When I found her in an antique mall, she was sitting in a rather frozen position with her legs and knees bent.  A little lubricant spray allowed me to reposition her to a standing position so that she could show off her beautiful formal gown.  

 
     

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