Bent Knee Walkers
|Because all Ginny's made between 1957-1962 were made with the same body style; hard plastic heads with glued on wigs, and hard plastic bodies with knees that were jointed, all the examples of these dolls will be posted on this page. This, despite the fact that they actually transcend both the 50s and 60s decades.|
I've finally added a few more pictures of dolls and outfits from this era!
Two 1957 Outfits
|Ginny outfit #7125 from 1957 |
A cute little sundress outfit for a Bent Knee Walker, cataloged in 1957. The black/white catalog photo shows her with a thin headband (not sure if black or brown). I chose this cute straw hat with a flower and brown ribbon trim. I actually found all of these pieces separately. Part of the fun of collecting.
|Ginny outfit #? from 1960 |
This is a very hard to find corduroy 2-piece play suit that is identical to one worn by the large 36" companion sized Ginny doll. I love her name imprinted in the jersey insert. Supposedly the large doll would hold a matching 8" doll though references are sketchy at best on whether or not they were ever really marketed that way. Could it be that this doll had a 36" sister? Not sure if this outfit was also sold for the 8" separately. At any rate, it is absolutely darling. I added the little roller skates since she looked like she wanted to have fun! (Won't hold my breath but maybe someday I'll get a 36" dressed the same.)
|Ginny outfit 7021 from 1957 |
My Bent Knee Walker is all ready for school in her simple dress made of multi-striped cotton. Her hair has seen better days but I was able to restyle it into these Pippy Longstocking type braids. It is a challenge at times to bring these kids back to life, but can be rather rewarding too! She seems happy.
|Ginny outfit #1160 from 1958 |
I just LOVED this ensemble and just HAD TO HAVE IT in my collection! The attention to detail by Vogue was still very evident in some of these later outfits. Her navy linen coat is actually lined with the same fabric as her dress. The print is so cute, little girls holding balloons. A darling straw "flower pot" hat completes the outfit Though these later Ginny dolls do not have the sweet faces of the earliest dolls, they have a charm all their own, especially in some of the cute outfits designed for them. What a sweetheart!
|Ginny outfit #1352 from 1960 |
A frilly little outfit for a Bent Knee Walker, cataloged in 1960, called Sugar and Spice. I originally got the outfit on a different doll and it was missing the ruffled pantaloons. I had it posted for a while in shoes and socks but a kind visitor offered me her extra pair of pantaloons. I've retaken the photo to reflect this. These soft pink vinyl side snap shoes are marked Ginny but I believe that this outfit originally came with satin slippers. I've never seen Ginny shoes in this color but they match the soft pink tones of this outfit perfectly.
|Ginny outfit #18136 from 1962 |
A bright blue dotted cotton dress with an eyelet apron attached, with ornamental metal buttons on front bodice. The unusual thing about this particular Ginny is that she has freckles like the Wee Imp but her eyes are blue. I've never seen another like her. Her hair is pulled back into one ponytail (I added ribbon) which is a rare hairstyle for Ginny but I have seen it documented in reference books on this year doll.
|I'm pretty sure the freckles weren't added but I sure wish I could find another so that I can document her better. The person I bought her from didn't know either and said that she received her this way. If any of you have a freckled doll with anything other than the green Wee Imp eyes, (regardless of hair color), please let me know! |
Often times Ginny and Ginnette would have matching outfits (as well as Ginny and Jill). Here both girls are wearing a very cute heart print dress with satin ribbon ties. I have seen this dress occasionally but I did not see it listed in the popular Vogue Encyclopedia, so wanted to show it for reference. I call it the Valentine dress although I don't think it was sold specifically for that holiday.
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