Valentina Ballerina is a 17 in. ballerina doll by Valentine c. 1962 marked VW on the head. The body is hard plastic with jointed ankles and knees. She is dressed in Capezio shoes and a newer tutu.
Mme. Alexander made a teen fashion doll in 1964, Brenda Starr, 12 in. of rigid vinyl. She had sleep eyes, jointed knees, and a long strand of hair. Shown here is Brenda with her box, wearing her original lace chemise.
This might be my favorite Mme. Alexander doll. It is a 12 in. Lissy, 1959 – 1966, found in her original dress. She has a hard plastic teen-age body, flat feet and glued on wig. It would be fun sewing outfits for her but I could never match the perfection of this two-piece original.
Dusty, wearing a bright yellow top, was discontinued not long after she was introduced. Kenner’s 1974 12 in. Dusty was a sports figure and could not wear Barbie’s fashions. Kenner tried again and succeeded with 12 in. Darcie. Though she also could not wear Barbie’s clothes, she lasted three years, 1978-1980.
Patty Duke Teen Doll, 1965, is a 12 in. Horsman with bendable arms and legs, dressed in original pants. She came with a phone and wore a red sweater, but both are missing. The same doll, but with a different hairstyle, came dressed as Mary Poppins. She also came dressed as Cinderella.
In the early 1970’s my daughter Elaine went to a birthday party and won this doll as a prize. She was wearing a hand-made dress and there was an H for Horsman on her head. I discovered that she was Mary Poppins, a 12 in. vinyl made in 1966. Later I found an original dress and apron. I made the rest of the outfit shown.
Glamour Misty was introduced by Ideal in 1965 as Tammy’s best friend. She is 12 in. and wears her original silver lame` jumpsuit.
Tressy is with her best friend Mary Make-Up, 1964-1966, both are American Character dolls. This is 12 in. doll came with a pale face so makeup could be applied. A glamour kit could be ordered. She has no ID mark.
Here is the 12 in. American Character Tressy, 1963-1965, with her strand of long hair fully extended. The hair is lengthened by turning a key in her back.
American Character’s answer to Barbie was 12 in. Tressy, 1963-1965, with rigid plastic body and soft vinyl head. She is in an original outfit. A strand of hair “grows” from the top of her head, separate from her other hair.