Buddy Lee dolls were made for
the H. D. LeeCompany Inc. (Lee Jeans), a garment manufacturer in Kansas City, MO
USA, originally from 1920-1962 as an advertising doll an in-store display doll
wearing Lee clothing.
Dolls can be composition (1920-1948)
at 12 1/2" tall or hard plastic (1949-1960)
at 13" tall, have molded lightly painted hair, painted side glancing eyes,
painted upper eyelashes, painted closed watermelon mouth, jointed only at
the shoulders, have black painted boots, dolls were dressed in
original Lee clothes depicting various occupations. Clothing should have a Lee label tag.
ca. 1930s Buddy Lee doll, 12 1/2",
Football Player outfit,
all composition doll
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Items and text for reference
1920-1931 Gem Chubby Kid doll 12 1/2", all composition, jointed only at the shoulders, unmarked,
molded painted hair or wigged, paper label on bottom of foot
Chubby Kid a carnival doll made byGem Toy Company.
Identify a composition Buddy Lee doll by the mark on their back: Buddy Lee in a triangle or unmarked
(with Lee labeled clothing) and hard plastic dolls are marked in raised
letters Buddy Lee.
If doll is unmarked, wigged,
without Lee labeled clothing, painted eye lashes a bit longer, its probably a
Gem Chubby Kid doll.
Some of the Buddy Lee outfits are; Coca Cola
(white with red stripes), Football Player, Gas Station; Phillips 66,
John Deere outfit,
The Genuine Jiffy Steamer Co., Train Engineer, U.S. Army
Finance Corps. cowboy, and
there were surely others. Black Magic Buddy Lee doll, is a
composition black dollwith
Black Magic embroidered
in red or on a label along with a Lee Jeans label on his denim
1990's a reproduction
Buddy Lee doll in a Coca Cola
uniform was made in white with a green stripe and possibly other
Lee doll, 12 1/2",
U.S. Finance Corps cowboy doll,
All composition doll, jointed only at the shoulders,
with black painted cowboy boots
Please Note; The H. D. Lee company
never made or dressed a female doll, perJean a doll historian for the
Lee company whoshared with us on
August 2008. There is no such thing as a Betty
Lee doll, sister to the Buddy Lee doll, sold by the H D. Lee Company in composition or hard plastic.
However, there areChubby Kid dolls made by Gem Toy Company (1913-1931),
as shown above left,dollsare unmarked with a
paper label on bottom of the foot, usually wearing a mohair wig,
dressed in unlabeled female attire and one doll has been found
with the embossed triangle markBuddy Lee on its back, with the
paper label sticker on its foot Gem Chubby Kid.
We believe that
explains where the H.D. Lee Company Buddy Lee dolls originated,
made for Lee by the Gem Toy Company. The marked Buddy Lee doll was probably old stock
Gem used up,
dressed and sold as one of Gems dolls. The
Chubby Kid dolls are just as cute as Buddy Lee dolls, indeed they are the same
doll, just don't fall for the Betty Lee doll myth.