The Monica Doll Studio was
created and owned by Mrs. Hansi Share, very little is known of this
doll manufacturer of Hollywood, CA USA,
but if you ever come across one of these unmarked dolls, there
can be no question as to it's origin or how to identify the doll.
They are the only
ever made a composition or hard plastic doll with rooted hair! That's
right, the human hair is rooted right into the head. The first sizes offered were 21
tall (these may have been the cloth body dolls), later they added
sizes 11, 17 and 21" tall with an all composition body doll and is dated to 1941-1948.
Shown on this page is the
beautiful face of a composition Monica doll, her name is
unknown, but look at her wonderful widows peak human hairstyle and beautiful
serene facial expression.
Dolls will have
their names on the packaging and an original paper hang tag that will state Monica Doll
Hollywood. These dolls were sold at upscale department
stores like; F.A.O. Schwarz and Nieman Marcus.
The vintage Monica doll shown is all composition, fully
jointed, human hair rooted into the scalp (not a glued on wig,
the inside tag reads), so you can comb or curl her hair without
spoiling it, painted eyes, closed mouth, some have a decided
widows peak hairstyle as shown here, and were dressed in appropriate clothing for this
Unsure if doll is in her original
clothing, does appear appropriate for the time period, however I think
these girls would have worn quite elaborate gowns, but so few examples
have surfaced, we can't be certain they all did, however some were
definitely sold in gowns.
In 1949-1952 they added a line of all
hard plastic dolls named Marion (shown on right), that have the same patented process
of rooting human hair into the dolls hard plastic scalp, with sleep
eyes and painted features.