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Favorite Dolls of the 40's

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Most dolls made in the 40s continued to be made of a material called "composition".  It was considered to be very durable for its time but as with any wood product, it was affected by humidity and temperature. As mentioned on my 30s page, many dolls of this period have developed "crazing" or tiny cracks on their faces or bodies. Because of the age of these treasures and the natural characteristics of the materials used to produce them, some crazing is now becoming acceptable to serious collectors without adversely affecting the dolls' value.  As I stated before, as long as it is kept in check to prevent further damage, I think that minor crazing gives an old doll character.

I just recently started collecting the composition dolls, so my examples are rather limited.  Most of my 40s dolls are not mint but I do try and limit myself to dolls that are not in too bad of shape.  Most I have found in fairly good, previously loved condition, needing only to be spruced up with cleaning and laundering.    I will add more 40s dolls as my collection grows.

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(the dolls in this section are for information only and are not for sale, check my store for current listings)

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I could not resist the beauty of this 22" with her original satin finish.  She must have been well cared for, for over 50 years!  I can only imagine the delight some little girl felt on the day she opened the box.   This is truly a gorgeous near mint doll.  She is wearing a Ginger Rogers style ball gown and gold sandals.

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Effanbee
Ann Shirley/Little Lady

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This Little Lady was found lying on a shelf in an antique shop with old torn clothes and her hair was rather wild. I knew she had potential.  With a little patience I reworked her yarn hair which is unique to WWII period and redressed her.   


Effanbee
Little Lady (Yarn Hair)

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Here is this same Little Lady as I found her, lying on a shelf at an antique mall.  I fell in love with this sweet, tattered waif, who's dress was literally falling off of her.  I knew she had potential.  She cleaned up very nicely.  I am always looking for the right dress for her.  I have fun changing her clothing from time to time.  The above dress and wool coat are very appropriate for a 40s era young "little" lady.

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This doll was found at the same shop as the above Little Lady.  They may have been sisters all along so I felt compelled to keep them together.  I believe she is wearing her original embroidered gown but unfortunately the lining is crumbling.  She has a human hair wig and original barrettes. She has more delicate features and hands than the larger Ann Shirley in the yellow gown.  She also has brown eyes.
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Effanbee
Anne Shirley/Little Lady

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This little McGuffey Ana sat in an antique mall for 3 years.  Poor thing has no eyebrows left. She was marked Princess Elizabeth but her original clothes are tagged McGuffey Ana. I have never seen this exact outfit in any of my reference books.

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Madame Alexander
McGuffey Ana

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Vogue Toddles

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The composition Vogue doll known as Toddles was the precursor to the very popular Ginny doll. This doll is considered to be Near Mint. She is missing the gold Vogue sticker (if she ever even had one to begin with).   I have seen this doll shown in this exact same styled dress in pink as well as this pretty powder blue.  I believe she is called "Cindy".  She has an original blue box but it is marked for a different doll.

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More Examples of Vogue Toddles

This sweet Toddles doll was a gift from a very dear friend.  The doll is documented in reference books as "Debby" 8-1A Pink, from 1947.  Her box, though, is marked #7-3 Pink. 

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Nursery rhyme and fairytale themed costumes were popular throughout the reign of Toddles.  There were several variations of this Little Red Riding Hood.  This one has a plain white dress under a red knit, hooded cape.  Her "basket" is made of felt.

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There aren't as many boy dolls as there are girls, so I was thrilled to find this little guy, still with the gold Vogue label attached to his outfit.  His hair has seen better days but it is hidden nicely under his cap.  He is wearing a light blue knit jersey with a felt dog trimming the shirt.  His number is #047 (That Doll, Ginny book).  He is referenced as having a sister wearing a matching outfit. He dates to about 1943.

 

This little sweetie is from the same time period as the little boy above.  She is wearing dress number #046 (That Doll, Ginny book), a smocked dotted organdy with a matching bonnet.  This dress was available in other colors as well.

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Because most older Raggedy Ann's were very well loved, it is acceptable today to have some wear and tear. This Ann is tagged and was made around 1947. She is in surprisingly good condition.  She is missing her white apron.  

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Georgene Novelties
Raggedy Ann

 


Georgene Novelties
Raggedy Ann & Andy
Here is a pair of mid-40s Georgene Raggedys.  To the best of my knowledge these dolls have original clothing.  Ann is probably missing her apron and there is no hat for Andy.  The outfits fasten with a safety pin.  They have sewn on wigs.  The dolls bodies are sewn with what appears to be hand stitching on their backs.

 

Ann has harder to find check print legs while Andy has the more traditional strips. 
Their body tags' latest date is 1920 so I believe this is before the relicensing by Myrtle Gruelle Sylsby in 1946. 

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To see examples of Raggedy's from later decades, click here.

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Mistress Mary

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The early Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls were made of bisque with painted features.  They have mohair glued on wigs.  They were "themed" dolls often dressed as nursery rhyme characters.  This doll is missing her gold foil wrist band.  Later dolls were made of hard plastic and some had sleep eyes.  The trademark NASB box has polka-dots.  Many of these dolls can be found MIB because they were what I call "shelf dolls"; meant to be displayed instead of played with. 

This very tiny baby, also made by Nancy Ann is dressed in her christening gown.  She is only 3 1/2" long.  Her arms move. She has painted blonde hair.  She is very cute. Or maybe she's a he (?), the ribbon is blue!

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