SOME DOLL HISTORY
1. The Ginny doll got a new big sister Jill in 1957. A brother Jeff was also added to the line. They
were the first well known teenage dolls of the fashion doll world.
2. In 1958, American Character took a high profile
name Toni, and used it on a full figured adult doll. Dressed as a bride and with flirty eyes, she was light years away from
the baby dolls earlier in the decade.
3. The world was introduced to Barbie, Teen Age Fashion Model Doll in March,
1959. With her eerie white Irises and arched brows, she had an exotic look that within months would be tamed down to all American
status. Things were never the same for decades!
4. American Character's Tressy with a fully rooted scalp (Barbie doll
was totally bald in the middle of her ponytail!) added the aspect of hair play to fashion dolls. While successful for several
years, she eventually was defeated in the market place by Barbie.
5. It was a Mod world by 1967 and Barbie doll had
a whole new face and entire closet full of groovy new clothes! Mattel launched a trade-in program so that for your old doll
and $1.50 you could own the new, Mod Barbie!
6. In the late 1970s, Kenner proudly unveiled a slightly larger (just
over 12inches) fashion doll named Darci. As a cover girl, this with it girl who sported all the latest in Disco fashions was
a smash hit with collectors, but her odd size caused her demise with parents.
7. Introduced in 1995, the Gene doll
by Mel Odem and Ashton-Drake Galleries was the first fashion doll that had not risen from play doll roots (other than the
French fashion dolls of the previous century). At 16 inches, she defined a new size for the genre.
8. During 1999,
The Robert Tonner Doll Company brought another star to the fashion doll world. Her name is Tyler Wentworth and her impact
is astonishing for a new doll.
9. Also during 1999, designers Laura Meisner and Doug James for Knickerbocker, Inc.
premiered Daisy and Willow, two exciting new dolls that have the unique story line of being teens in the turbulent mid 1960s
in swinging London!
Ginny , Jill and Jeff are trademarks of Vogue Dolls, Inc.
is a trademark of the Gillette Corporation and was used under license by the American Character Doll Company.
and Barbie Teen Age Fashion Model Doll, Barbie Millicent Roberts, Ken, Midge and Skipper are registered trademarks of Mattel,
Tressy was a registered trademark of the American Character Doll Company.
Darci was a registered trademark
of Kenner Toy Corporation.
Gene is a registered trade mark of Mel Odem and Ashton-Drake Galleries.
a registered trademark of the Alexander Doll Company.
Tyler Wentworth and Kitty Collier are registered trademarks of
the Robert Tonner Doll Company.
Daisy and Willow are registered trademarks of Knickerbocker, Inc, designed by Laura
Meisner and Doug James.