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Rubber "Squeak Toy" Dolls

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Although these dolls aren't all that popular with collectors, and most don't really have a great deal of value, I find them quite cute.  Over the years of doll hunting I have run across several different ones and wish now that I would have started picking them up way back when.  Most of these dolls were made in the 1960s.  They were probably very inexpensive toys originally, most likely sold at dime stores.  Each one usually has some type of squeaker mechanism located somewhere on the doll (usually the back of the head or on the foot).  Because these dolls are painted rubber, it is not uncommon to find them today with paint rubs, faded, or with areas where the paint has flaked off.  Naturally the less worn they are the better. Since I began paying more attention to these dolls, I have noticed that there are a few different companies that offered them and each has a unique style.  I have no idea how many variations there are but hunting for the variations can be fun and challenging.  As a point of reference, I thought I would share with you what I have to date, and add others as I find them.


EDWARD MOBLEY CO. 1962/Arrow Rubber & Plastic Corp.

  Mobley Co. dolls generally  have their squeaker in the backs of their heads.  It is harder to find these dolls as African American children so I was thrilled when I stumbled upon this little guy, at left.  He is hiding something behind his back.  Perhaps a gift for his mother?  (See below)

This is a cute little girl in a yellow dress, holding her teddy bear.  Most of the toys were offered in several colors.  I have also seen this same girl in pink.  Her head is jointed at the neck, attached to the one piece body, which allows her to turn her head from side to side. (The boy doll does also)



He is hiding a "pet" frog!

J. L. PRESCOTT CO./ 1968

  Typically the Prescott "kids" seem to have comical faces rather than the "sweet" faces of some of the other companies.  

This little girl is completely one piece; her head is not jointed.  She holds her rag doll while she straddles her kitty cat.   It is odd that there is a lot of detail on the little doll she holds, yet unlike the cat, there are absolutely no painted features on her doll whatsoever, and it does not appear that there ever were any.




The Sun Rubber Company dolls designed by Ruth E. Newton are probably the most popular of the squeak dolls collected today.  They have an innocent charm.  I don't know how many different variations were made but do know that I have seen both of these in different colored clothing.   I believe these two correspond to characters in Ruth E. Newton children's books. These dolls are one piece, their heads do not swivel.  I'm not sure of the copyright date on these.  It isn't marked on the dolls but they are marked with the manufacturer's details.  

Alan Jay Co.


Here is a cute Alan Jay squeak doll, marked 1957.  Nudity seems to be a real theme in the design of several of these various squeak toys.  All this little girl has to cover her is a towel.  I guess she doesn't have voice mail, cuz she just had to answer the phone!   
  Dreamland Creations Inc., 1956  

Dreamland Creations has some cute little squeak dolls.  You really need to be able to turn them around to get the full effect of their design.  These very old rubber dolls can sometimes harden over time so finding one in soft, squeak-able condition is a treasure.

  Though this little boy is not marked like the girl (she is marked on the back of her foot), I put him here with her because of his similarities in design and theme.  Even the pocket on the front of his p.j.s is in the same spot as hers.  Because I do not have a reference book on these toys, I'm sort of going on speculation.  
  Unmarked Squeak Dolls  
  This cute little guy is unmarked but I have heard people refer to him as a possible unmarked Alan Jay because he resembles that company's "Chappy", a rather aggressive looking baby-child who is ready to "punch you out!".  This little guy doesn't look like he could hurt anybody.  If I find out more I'll move him up, otherwise I'm just going to keep him here.  

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