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KISSY FAMILY
1960s
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A doll with lots of love to give!

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*Although not really a mechanical doll in the true sense of the word, Ideal’s Kissy doll is in keeping with the popular theme during the 60s of dolls that “do something”.  Introduced in 1961, Kissy’s unique feature, as her name implies, is that she would pucker her lips and give you a great big kiss!  Pushing her two arms together activated this feature.  When the hands met, Kissy would pucker her lips and make a “kissing” sound.   Kissy was made between 1961-1964.  She was a rather large doll standing at about 22 ˝”.  I've seen her in both a light blond hair and the most common,  strawberry blonde.  Though there were a few different outfit variations for her, by far the most popular was the red/white gingham one-piece romper with the lace ruffle trim.   Her shoes were very pretty leatherette t-straps in red (less common in white).   In 1962, separate outfits became available for her including pajamas, a coat and hat, and sun suits.  There was also a line of deluxe outfits that were pretty organdy party dresses. 

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*A few years after her successful debut, Ideal introduced a smaller, 16” version named Tiny Kissy along with two babies, Kissy Baby (or Baby Kissy) and Cuddly Kissy.  Tiny Kissy was marketed between 1963-1968.  She is pretty much the same doll as the larger version but in a smaller 16" size and she has a little ponytail on the top of her head that the larger doll did not have.   She wears the same outfit as her “big sister” however she wore socks and white shoes instead of the t-strap shoes.  She was also sold in some variations of this outfit.  

What is a bit unusual is that during the time Tiny Kissy was marketed from 1963 to 1968, a redesigned Tiny Kissy was released within that time period in 1966.  This newer Tiny Kissy was a more modern version, and appeared to have a slightly older child’s look.  She had longer, comb-able, auburn hair and her A-line outfit had the straighter more  “mod” lines of the later 60s fashions.  

I do not know how long this version was marketed but it is more rare than the others, though not necessarily more popular with collectors.

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*The two baby versions are Kissy Baby and Cuddly Kissy and I’ve seen some confusion on the names of these two.  First off, Kissy Baby (I’ve also seen her referenced as Baby Kissy) is the baby version in all vinyl.    She is a large doll, measuring 22” but she has curved baby legs so she cannot stand like her "older" sisters.  Her facial features are pretty much identical to the other girls and her kissing feature is activated the same way with the same arm/hand structure.    She was marketed for two years, 1963-64.  Cuddly Kissy on the other hand, has a cloth body.  Her arms do not activate the kiss.  Instead, her kiss is activated by squeezing her tummy.  When her tummy is squeezed, her arms draw inward as if to hug, she puckers, and makes the kissing sound.  Cuddly Kiss was made for only one year, 1965.

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 Link to:Kaylee's Collection of IDEAL KISSY DOLLS more information, examples, and larger photos!

 

   Kaylee's Doll Shoppe with 1960s Ideal Dolls For Sale Items 

References:
Collector's Guide to Dolls of the 1960s & 1970s, by Cindy Sabulis
More Twentieth Century Dolls from Bisque to Vinyl, by Johana Gast Anderton (Out of Print)
Collector's Guide to Ideal Dolls, Second Edition, by Judith Izen

Girls' Toys of the Fifties & Sixties, Memorable Sears Catalog Pages, by Thomas Holland


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