Joseph Kallus first doll making company was the short lived Rex Doll
1916-1918, who made composition Kewpies and Baby Bundie dolls.
Next Mr. Kallus was president of the Mutual Doll Company 1919-1921,
who also made composition Kewpies, Baby Bundie, Bo Fair and Lassie dolls.
Finally, in 1922 Joseph Kallus founded the Cameo Doll Company of New York
until they moved and operated in Port Allegheny, PA from 1932-1970.
"Cameo, Kewpies and Kallus are inseparable" claims one book author.
After 1925, Cameo took over producingK and K Toy company doll
products until sometime in the 1930s. In 1970 the company was acquired by the
Strombecker Corporation and moved to Chicago.
Cameo made bisque, celluloid, composition with
wood or cloth bodies and hard plastic or vinyl dolls and were of the
Cameo is best known for
their Kewpie dolls designed by illustrator Rosie O'Neill. Early Cameo dolls can be unmarked, later
on dolls are often marked Cameo on their heads, back or feet and after 1971 "S71" was added.
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Cameo Kewpie dolls by Rosie O'Neill - the first
Kewpie dolls were illustrations created by Rosie O'Neill in 1909 for the
Ladies Home Journal magazine, on November 4, 1913 a patent was issued in
the USA to design and make the actual dolls, these early Kewpie dolls are all bisque and made by German manufacturer's JD Kestner,
plus others and may bear their company marking
or are unmarked.
1914-1925 Cameo Hottentot doll, Hottentots dolls, refer to Rosie O'Neill marked blackKewpie dolls with small white wings on their back.
1922+ Cameo was the sole licensed manufacturer of composition
Kewpie dolls or figures, with distribution through Borgfeldt. Kewpie dolls have side glancing eyes, small blue wings on back, closed
slight smiling watermelon mouth, molded painted top knot hair with a side wisp
of hair on the sides of the head, jointed at the shoulders, starfish splayed
fingers on hands, legs are molded together. All composition Kewpie
dolls usually have a red paper heart label on chest: Kewpie Reg. U.S. Pat. Off., or Kewpie Design Pat. No. 43680 Reg. U.S. Pat. Off., Kewpie Des. & Copyright by Rosie O'Neill,
and some are signed on the foot "O'Neill", otherwise dolls are unmarked.
bisque Kewpie doll
Cameo Baby Bundie doll, 11 or 16" tall, the Baby Bundie doll was first made by
Rex Doll Company 1918, then by
Mutual Doll Company 1918-1921 and finally by Cameo 1922-1925+ and was designed by Joseph Kallus.
Cameo Scootles doll, 6 1/2 -20" tall, all composition, designed by Rose O'Neill, painted side glancing eyes, closed smiling mouth, molded wavy hair, jointed at neck, shoulder and hips, starfish hands, wore a cotton printed sun suit, possibly other outfits too. Also came as a black doll. Doll is unmarked, clothing has tag with dolls name.
1925 Cameo Baby Bo-Kaye doll,16-20"
tall, designed byJoseph L. KallusforGeorge
Borgfeldt, bisque head byAlt,
Beck & Gottschalckor celluloid,molded
painted hair, sleep eyes, open mouth with two lower teeth, cloth body with
composition limbs. TheABGbisque
head mold is number1407.
Marked:Copr. by J.L. Kallus
Germany 1394. There were also small all bisque Baby Bo-Kaye dolls, 5-8 1/2"
tall, with the# 1407 ABGmold
The theory of this dolls name is that when the
President ofBorgfeldt and
designer (Kallus) were trying to arrive at a name, a secretary came in
carrying a "bouquet" of flowers, cute.
distributed by theGeorge
Borgfeldtcompany for Cameo.
1925 Baby Bo Kaye
Cameo Baby Blossom doll, 19-20" tall, composition shoulder head and partial limbs, cloth stuffed body, molded painted hair, gray tin sleep eyes, closed mouth. Marked: Des. copyright By J. L. Kallus Made in U.S.A.
1927 Baby Blossom
Cameo Bandy (Bandmaster), Bonzo the dog, Cat, Crownie, Dog, Dumbo, Felix the cat, Ginger, Bones & Steak,
GE Hotpoint Man, RCA Radiotron (advertising doll figures), Howdy Doody, Jeep, Jiminy Cricket, Little King, Mickey Mouse, Mr. Peanut, Pete the Pup, Pinocchio, Popeye, Santa, Superman, Timothy Mouse, 9-16" tall, wood segmented character
doll figures, composition head, wood body. Doll figures are unmarked except for a paper label on chest
or on base.
1932 Pete the Pup doll, 9" by Cameo
1928-1940s Cameo GE Hotpoint Man doll figure, 15"
tall,wood segmented character doll figure, composition head with a
jointed wood body, painted facial features, red painted clothing, silver H
and red pointed arrow on top of head, slits in hands to hold paper sales cards.
Made by Cameo, Hotpoint Man is unmarked except for a Hotpoint
paper label on chest and Cameo sticker on bottom of wood base. Advertising
doll figure for Hotpoint a division of General Electric, GE..
GE Hotpoint Man doll 15" by Cameo
Cameo Margie doll, 5 1/2, 10, & 15" tall, composition head (and hands on the large size), wood segmented body & limbs, molded hair (doll shown has been repainted - should be a light brown almost a golden shade of hair), blue painted side glancing eyes, open smiling mouth with four teeth (except on the smallest who has a closed mouth), designed by Joseph L. Kallus. Marked with a red paper label: Margie Des. & Copyright By Jos. Kallus. Largest size is unmarked.
Cameo Pinkie doll, 10" tall, baby type doll, wood segmented body & limbs, composition head & (some have composition hands with fingers), molded painted blond hair, blue painted side glancing eyes, small smiling closed mouth, pug nose, wore a sun suit, designed by Joseph L. Kallus. Marked with a red paper label: Pinkie Des. & Copyright By Jos. Kallus.
Photo courtesy of Patkan.
1950s the Pinkie doll was sold through Sears and was a reissue of the 1930s Pinkie doll, this doll is made of vinyl and plastic, sleep eyes, with rooted hair.
Cameo Joy doll, 10 & 15" tall, a companion girl to Pinkie, wood segmented body, composition head and hands with fingers, and has molded painted tufts of hair with a molded hair loop for a ribbon, side glancing blue painted eyes. She came on a cloth body too. Marked with a red paper label: Joy Des. & Copyr. J. L. Jos. Kallus
Cameo Betty Boop doll, 12" tall, and Bimbo, 7 1/2" (Betty's dog), cartoon character from Max Fleischer called "Dizzy Dishes" in 1930 created by Myron Grim Natwick, this doll was designed by Joseph Kallus, all composition, black curly molded painted hair, side glancing to the top of her eyes, jointed, dressed in a black, red or green molded on dress, with black painted high heel shoes. There have been many reissues of this doll over the years and from many different companies too probably. Marked with a paper label: Betty Boop Des. & Copyright By Fleischer Studios.
1932 Betty Boop
Cameo Champ doll, 16" tall, wood pulp composition, painted light brown molded hair with a wisp of hair down the forehead, painted freckles on face and painted blue eyes, head tilts and turns, arms and legs adjustable, wears a striped cotton jersey with the name "Champ" on it, shorts, socks and shoes - and is ready for a friendly scrap, anytime. "No curls or frills on him. He's just the right kind of regular, mischievous fellow, so typical of every real American boy" says his doll ad. Doll is unmarked.
Cameo Giggles doll, 12 or 15" tall, all composition, designed by Rose O'Neill, painted side glancing eyes, closed smiling mouth, molded hair with bun in back, used the Kewpie body, wore a romper or sun suit. Unmarked, had a paper hangtag: Giggles by Rosie O'Neill A Cameo Doll.
Cameo Peanut doll, 18 1/2" tall, all vinyl
fully jointed doll, sleep eyes, real lashes, open/closed mouth, bent baby legs if you pinch
them she cries, squeeze her and she coos, had an ID bracelet with name Peanut, came wearing a fleece snowsuit, romper suit, dress, coat, bonnet and receiving blanket.
Doll marked Cameo. The Peanut doll is a reissue from the earlier 1930s doll and used the same head as the
1956 Dyp-A-Babe doll. The
1958 Sears advertisement for Cameo's Peanut doll states; "Baby with Kewpie
Playmate", the Kewpie Playmate doll is 6" tall the Baby doll is 17".
Photo courtesy of Cheryl Holland
doll ad, 17"
Cameo Miss Peep doll, 15" or 18 1/2" tall, vinyl and pin jointed at shoulder and hips, white or black
doll, drink or wet baby, painted hair, inset plastic eyes, closed mouth, marked: Cameo.
1957+ Miss Peep
doll, 18 1/2"
Cameo Margie doll, 10 & 17" tall, all vinyl, child type doll with socket joints at: neck, shoulder, hips, elbows and waist, rooted saran hair, glassene sleep eyes, slightly open mouth, marked: Cameo ™ or 9093 60 or 9013 60.
Came wearing a dress, rayon sock's and leather shoes. This was a reissue of their earlier Margie doll in 1929 that was wood and composition.
Cameo Baby Mine doll, 16, 19, 20" tall, all vinyl, painted features, side glancing eyes, had several different versions. Marked: Cameo
1961-1964 Baby Mine
Cameo Miss Peep Newborn doll, 14" tall, vinyl head and fully jointed
body at the shoulders and hips, molded and painted brown hair,
closed mouth, doll marked: Cameo.
1962 Miss Peep Newborn, 14"
Cameo Miss Peep doll, 14" tall, vinyl, hinged body, inset eyes, dressed in snowsuit with a pink blanket or an embroidered dress and bonnet.
Doll marked Cameo.
1962 Miss Peep
Cameo Ho Ho doll, four different sizes, 7" tall is one of them, white or black, (Rose O'Neill's last doll creation from 1940
not shown), soft vinyl, squeaker doll, "he is a little clown Buddah, the wisdom of the ages finding it's last words in the supreme wisdom of laughter".
1965 Ho Ho
Cameo Ragsy Kewpie doll, all vinyl, three different sizes, painted face and side glancing eyes, has a soft one piece, colored molded body.
Doll marked Cameo.
1964 Ragsy Kewpie
Cameo Scootles doll, 14, 19 or 27" tall, all vinyl, reissue of the 1925 dolls, sleep eyes, came dressed in various outfits, marked: R7234 Cameo JLK.
Cameo Newborn Miss Peep doll, 17 & 21" tall, vinyl hear and jointed body, lightly molded hair, blue eyes, closed mouth.
Doll marked Cameo
1970s Newborn Miss Peep
Cameo Kewpie Gals doll, #6309, 8 or 14" tall, all vinyl, ribbon in hair, various dress's, stockings and shoes.
Doll marked Cameo.
Gals doll, 8"
Additional Cameo Dolls not shown
1919 Cameo Bo-Fair
1921 Cameo Vanitie
1928 Cameo Sissie
(distributed by Butler Brothers), 1930 Cameo Baby Adele doll, 1938 Cameo
Baby Snooks flexy doll,Fannie Brice,(designed by Joseph Kallus,
manufactured by Ideal), 1940 Cameo
Ho Ho laughing Buddha plaster figure, 1940 Cameo Baby doll.
Cameo Little Annie Rooney doll, 13" tall, all composition jointed body, molded painted either black or brown hair, painted side glancing blue eyes, slight open painted mouth with a white line between the lips. Doll is unmarked. Newspaper cartoon character by
Jack Collins. There was a earlier version of Little Annie Rooney in 1925 that was 16" tall, all composition that came wearing a yarn wig.
1960s Cameo Plum doll, 18 or 24" tall,
vinyl head jointed only at the neck with one piece latex body with two squeakers in tummy and buttocks, molded
painted hair, sleep eyes, open/closed mouth, doll marked Cameo.
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