Playing around with the various special effects filters in my camera today. I’ve never actually used any of them, but for some reason today I felt like trying them out. This pretty lady is a 16 inch Toni by Ideal, virtually identical to the doll I got for my sixth birthday. Her dress was made just for her.
I thought it would be fun to take “toy lens” style pictures of toys, in my case, dolls. I used to be a serious doll collector. Although I’m no longer a doll collector, I still have quite a large doll collection.
The three big dolls (above) were taken using a poster format. The two big beautiful girls are Madame Alexander‘s Binnie Walker (left), Winnie Walker (middle), and on the right, one of the rarer large Ideal Bride dolls. She was the last Ideal doll before they went entirely to high-heel wearing fashion dolls. All the dresses were made for these dolls by a seamstress. The bride’s dress is amazing.
Meet Cissy from Madame Alexander, one of the most popular fashion dolls ever made. This is an original from the early 1960s. There have been versions of Cissy continuously through the years, including now, though their dimensions vary quite a bit. What they have in common are joints in all the right places, height and high-heeled feet.
The lady in pink (above) is wearing an original outfit by a doll clothing designer based on an outfit she remembered her mother wearing in the 1950s. The cloth was from a dress I found at the Salvation army. I loved the fabric, so she made two of these outfits, one as a gift to me and one for herself to sell. You would not believe how expensive doll clothing is. It costs more than my clothing. A lot more.
Above is an all original Cissy. Her dress was an evening gown and started out as light blue, but the decades faded it to nearly white. I thought she looked bridal, so I had a veil, bouquet, crinoline and gloves made for her. I bought her new shoes and stockings and appropriate undergarments. I think, all in all, her outfit cost significantly more than my bridal outfit. But I’m not as classy as Cissy.
And finally, below, are two Madame Alexander dolls. On the left, Sonja Henie, an original from around 1940. She is not plastic, but composition, which is a combination a sawdust, glue, and paint. You have to be very careful with these old composition dolls. They all date from no later than the early 1940s, after which dolls were no longer made from composition, but hard plastic. If they get damp or too dry, they fall apart.
On the right is a 1976 Cinderella in a Disney-style gown.
Sonja’s wig is not original, but it is mohair as was the original. However, the original wig didn’t have bangs. I simply couldn’t find a mohair wig that was quite right. I could have gotten an acrylic wig that was the right style, but it would have been the wrong material. Sometimes, you just have to compromise. Her dress and skates are original, as are her tights.
I have many, many more dolls. Eventually, I’ll take some more pictures. These were just for fun and honestly, got photographed because they were located either in my office, the hall next to my office, or the bedroom across the hall. But there are dolls all over the house, except the kitchen and bathrooms. A couple of hundred of them, at last count and others still in boxes.
They are friendly and do not act at all like bride of Chucky. I think they chat quietly while we sleep.