SWEET SUE IN PINK – Marilyn Armstrong

American Character was never as popular a doll maker as Tony or Madame Alexander … or for that matter, Barbie or even Ginny. But American Character dolls had the sweetest faces of any dolls of that generation. They were all so lovely. In my house, they still are.

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 was 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 (her clothing was not original), I kept for myself.

She lives on my dresser along with two Cissy dolls from Madame Alexander and one Princess Elizabeth (as the child Queen of England), also by Madame Alexander.

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

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

Categories: Dolls, Marilyn Armstrong, Photography

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8 replies

  1. They do have sweet expressions, don’t they? These older dolls are so much more appealing to me than the modern ones with painted eyes and vapid smiles. I love Barbie as you know but to me, that’s a different type of collecting to the older play dolls and I can enjoy both. My Sweet Sue came in a dress that I knew was wrong for her even before you identified her for me so I’ve bought her another one, and a hat!

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  2. What a beautiful beautiful doll! Reminds me of one I had as a young child. Love the hat and dress too!

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  3. The hat and dress might not be original, but they SUIT her so very well. The hat IS lovely. She looks the perfect lady. You’ve kept your dolls in amazing shape! My mother left me a Madame Alexander that she’d gotten as a child. Along the way poor dolly had lost her clothing at some point, and her inner parts had worn, so her arms and legs were almost detached. Her hair was matted and she was not taken care of. She ended up in a doll’s hospital, donated to the owner by me. I’m not sure what became of her, but I like to think that she was in a far better home than she would have had with me. I was never a real ‘doll’ person, preferring stuffed animals.

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    • Pity I didn’t know you. You could have sent her to me and I would have repaired her. I know how to restring, rewig, and redress antique dolls from the 1920s to about the 1980s. After that, it’s all Barbi’s. I hope she found a good home. The only thing I never learned to do properly were fixing the eyes. Never got the right tools, I think and it’s kind of tricky.

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  4. Excellent job on the hat Marilyn.

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