On the left is an 11 in. Toddler, 1961, made by Effanbee. using their Tiny Tubber head mold. She is all vinyl with sleep eyes and rooted hair. I made her outfit. In the center is Mme. Alexander’s 14 in. Little Mary Sunshine, 1961. The mold for this doll was first used to make Caroline, styled to resemble the young Kennedy daughter, but it was soon discontinued. Vogue’s 11 in. Littlest Angel 1964 is on the right. Her PJ’s are tagged “Vogue Dolls Made in USA.”
Mme. Alexander’s 22 in. So Big, 1967 – 1975, was based on a book by Eloise Wilkins. My daughter Elaine, shown here with her brother, received this doll for Christmas 1970. She still has it along with the little Golden Press book titled, So Big. It has vinyl head and hands, painted eyes, cry voice, and soft stuffed body, dressed in a blue and white checked gingham suit.
On the wall in the house where I grew up hung a picture of Goya’s Don Manuel Osorio, known as the Red Boy. It made an impression because the little boy in the fancy red suit was painted with a pet magpie and three cats looking on. Mme. Alexander chose her Alexander-Kin mold to create this 1988 8 in. Red Boy.
In the late 1990’s, Mme. Alexander’s 21 in. Cissy made a return with a vinyl head. I bought one named Royal Reception. It has the new face of Cissy and jointed knees. Hard plastic was used on the Mme. Alexander Cissy dolls from 1947 to the mid 1950’s but the coloring on this 1999 vinyl Cissy head deserves a close up.