"What On Earth?" Drawer: Take Two

Category: What on Earth!?

More items from the very cluttered "What on Earth?" drawer in my little bureau.

A baby doll with moving arms and legs. I am afraid to scrub her because she seems to be made of a material that is like paper mache only MUCH harder. I don't know how she should be cleaned. So I feel a little sad for her. Maybe because I can relate so well to never feeling clean.

Two American Indian girls...as represented by Western cultural stereotypes. (Sorry, I can't help thinking those kinds of things. It's my nature.)

One seems to be extremely suspicious of the other. Or maybe she is thinking, "What is it with the buckskin outfit? With fringe no less??! Where is "What Not to Wear" when I need them!?! Can she even blink? I wonder if she's had a facelift..."

The snarky doll making the critique is dressed in calico and wrapped in a woven blanket. Tres chic.

The Greek Doll looks a little like a 50's diner waitress who has dressed for a costume ball.

Well, that's my opinion anyway, which means very little in the doll world. Man, I think I have been hit in the head with the snarky branch too!

On a more serious note, I was fascinated to find out a little more about the Sonny Boy American Character Doll that we found WAY back in July 2003.

At the time, I knew very little about this doll except that it has "magic skin"...a new experiment for this doll that enabled its skin to react to sunlight. I was told that these dolls didn't last very well after they had been exposed to the sun. Their "skin" would tan and then get saggy.

Well, HELLO! I actually have FOUND an American Character doll who was allowed to tan. If this is not the best ad for sunscreen EVER, I don't know what is.

GAH! Ohmigosh! Anymore time in the sun and he would have knocked the original Bain de Soleil model from the 70's right out of the park!

Sigh. More from the drawer on another day.


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Comments

The first doll (baby) might be a composition doll. Sounds like one, anyway. Details here:

http://www.sowatzka.com/dolls/comp.htm

Brittney, who has a very nice collection of 200+ dolls of all sorts, mostly because her mother desperately wanted a doll collection and lived vicariously through her daughter :)

Brittney--

That is SO interesting! I think the American Indian doll wrapped in a blanket is composition too...though in better MUCH better shape.

Thank you for such an informative link!

Hmmm. I was able to do a little research from the clue Brittney left and I think I found one of the little dolls! She looks like a Skookum's Indian Doll from the 1940's. How fun!

Is the little compo baby going to be for sale in your shop? I also have a massive doll collection and am always plotting to expand it ...

Glad I could help. I've been carting around my doll collection since I left home, though they've all had to remain boxed up as we've never had a place to display them all at once. My husband is a dear, dear man who has now moved them 4 times and a collective distance of 2000 miles and never once complained about all this crap his wife insists on carting around from one place to the next.

Someday, when we get our attic (master suite) done and can free up the two downstairs bedrooms, I'd like to have a few of my dolls out in the spare bedroom and maybe rotate them out every so often.

I owned an American Indian doll just like the one on the left! My mother bought it for me when we went to Arizona. I still have the little basket that the papoose lay in. My older sister had a doll that looked like the Greek Doll but it was dressed in traditional male clothes. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

The composition baby at the top might be worth some money - are there any markings on her neck or back?

My great-grandmother was a doll collector, so my family inherited a ton of them. Some were just plain creepy, so we decided to auction a few of them off to people who actually loved and wanted them. I was pleasantly surprised by the money the composition dolls brought in - it takes some research to identify them, but it's worth it in most cases.

Even if it's not in great shape, some collectors know how to clean/fix them or will buy them for parts. I left the cleaning to the buyers.

That American Character tanning doll is AWFUL! Old dolls scare the crap outta me.

~Mindy

 

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