Sweet Sue – I made the hat myself 

American Character was never as popular a name as Tony or Madame Alexander … or for that matter, Barbie or even Ginny. But American Character dolls had the sweetest faces for dolls of that period.

Their best-selling doll was “Sweet Sue” of which this is an original. She was extremely popular from the early 1940s until the end of the 1950s when high-heeled fashion dolls became the trend.

Okay, let me rephrase. The doll is original. Her hair is original, but her clothing shredded. I bought her a made-to-order dress. I also made her a hat because Sweet Sue always wore a hat and usually one with flowers.

Quite a few of these days came through my world and most of them, I sold, but this one, because she was not as valuable since her clothing was not original, I kept for my own. She lives on my dresser along with two Cissy dolls from Madame Alexander and one Princess Elizabeth (as in the child queen of England), also by Madame Alexander.

I have many other dolls in the room, but Sweet Sue is a favorite, with her lovely face and gentle smile.

Also, the hat is pretty cool, isn’t it?

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

14 thoughts on “SWEET SUE – AN AMERICAN CHARACTER DOLL IN FINEST PINK – Marilyn Armstrong”

      1. I like my NCIS and Red Sox caps.
        Then, there are the cowboy hats I haven’t worn in a long time. They may be good cover for my cochlear implant in bad weather. I could wear a hoodie but then I’d be suspect #1 wherever we go.


  1. That hat IS cool. Kudos on being a doll hat designer with flair and taste. Your dollies are lovely by the way….my mother had one Madam Alexander, which she passed on to me after she died. Dolly had suffered over the years however, had become disarticulated (fell apart…her arms and legs fell off) and her dress and hat were lost long before. Her hair was gnawed by mice (I guess..she was bald in patches) . In South Salt Lake there exists (existed? it might be gone now) a Doll Hospital where the woman had dedicated her life to repairing these types of dollies. I brought my sad dolly to her and she clucked and shook her head. The damage was too great and dolly got a burial (in my backyard in a large shoe box I lined with some satin from an old overcoat of my mothers). I love the idea that Ma got her dolly back, perfect and beautiful as when she was given to Ma as a little girl in about 1928. But I’m whimsical like that… Thank you so much for sharing your beauties. I look forward to seeing the others at some point perhaps?


  2. What a sweet, contemplative expression on her face.
    and yes, that is one classy hat.

    My mother adored dolls, and was forever giving me christmas presents of them. I think it was as much to counter my father’s proclivity toward Erector Sets and Tinker toys, which I preferred, That and the windup train. She would spend hours knitting and hand sewing dresses for the dolls, hats, shoes. I played with them, but they were truly not a passion of mine.


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