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Nancy Ann Storybook 1938 Colonial Dame doll

Nancy Ann Story Book Doll Company operated from 1936 until 1971 and was founded by Nancy Ann Abbott in San Francisco, CA USA.  They first made small all bisque dolls, later they made hard plastic dolls. 

The abbreviation NASB is often used in  descriptions of the small all bisque or plastic Storybook dolls they are best know for producing. 

NASS refers to Nancy Ann Style Show dolls.

Nancy Ann dolls are of good quality and are very collectable today.

See the Nancy Ann dolls identified below.

 

NASB Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls Identified

Items shown below are for reference

Note:  Kerr & Heinz made look a like small Storybook dolls marked K & H USA

1936-1942 NASB Bisque Baby doll, 5 1/2" tall, this is the earliest of the Nancy Ann Storybook dolls, all painted bisque, jointed at the neck, arms and hips with painted facial features and closed mouth.  Doll marked: Made in Japan, 87 or 88 Made in Japan.

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1936-1942 NASB Baby doll, 5 1/2"

nancy_oriental5_1938fa.jpg (7209 bytes)1938 NASB Around the World Series doll, Oriental Doll,

5 1/2" tall, all bisque with jointed arms & legs and if they had a wig it would have been made of mohair, painted facial features wearing an oriental outfit of a jacket, pants & painted black slippers.  Doll marked Made, in Japan 1148.

Collectors often use the abbreviation - NASB - for Nancy Ann Story Book dolls.

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1938 NASB Oriental Doll, 5 1/2"

1936-1947 NASB Bridal doll Series; #86 Bride, 5 1/2" tall, all bisque, jointed at the arms and legs, painted facial features, mohair wig, dressed as a beautiful bride #86 with painted silver shoes as shown below. 

 

Photo's courtesy of Wolvercote.

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1936-1947 NASB Bride doll, 5 1/2"

1936-1947 NASB Queen of Hearts doll, 5 1/2" tall, all bisque one piece body with frozen legs & painted facial features, jointed at arms, blonde mohair wig, dressed in the #157 Queen of Hearts outfit a red taffeta dress with organdy apron & eyelet trim, has a red felt heart on apron, white pantaloons, matching red felt hat, black painted on strapless slippers.

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1936-1947 NASB

157 Queen of Hearts doll 5 1/2"

1947-1953 NASB Topsy doll, 5 1/2" tall, black doll, one piece painted plastic body with frozen plastic legs, painted eyes, mohair wig, originally had a gold wrist tag with dolls name, came in a white box with colored dots and the Nancy Storybook Dolls printed on cover.  Doll marked Story Book Doll USAEva is the white dolls name.

Nancy Ann "Storybook Dolls" - Topsy

1947-1953 NASB Topsy doll, 5 1/2"

1953-1956 Nancy Ann Muffie doll, 8" tall, all hard plastic jointed body,  wigged, sleep eyes with painted upper lashes and closed mouth. straight leg walker SLW or bent knee walker BKW.  A competitor of the Vogue Ginny dolls.

Click here for more Muffie doll photos and descriptions.

 

Photo courtesy of Linda

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1954 Muffie doll, 8" tall, straight Leg walker SLW, no eyebrows.

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1955-1957 Debbie doll 10 1/2", wearing a red ensemble coat beret and red and white dress

 

 

 

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1955 Debbie doll 10-10 1/2" tall, straight leg walker (SLW), wearing a blue and pink edged robe, boxed.  This early doll is unmarked

 

1955 Debbie doll 10-10 1/2" tall, bent knee walker (BKW), wearing a cotton stripe dress that matches Muffies, this later issue doll is marked: Nancy Ann

Photo courtesy of Kaylee's Korner 

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1955 Nancy Ann Debbie doll, 10-10 1/2" tall, straight leg walker (SLW), wearing matching (to Muffie) Valentine outfit.  Early doll is unmarked.

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1957 Debbie doll, 10-10 1/2" tall, bent knee walker (BKW), wearing a gay cotton print outfit, this later issue doll is marked Nancy Ann

1957-1958 Nancy Ann Lori Ann doll, 7 1/2" tall, all vinyl with sleep eyes and rooted hair, jointed body with straight legs.

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1958 Lori Ann doll, 7 1/2"

nancy18ann_style1903fa.jpg (19366 bytes)1950s Nancy Ann Style Show doll

17-18" tall, hard plastic, glued on saran wig, sleep eyes, flat feet, some may be walkers, had elaborate gowns as shown in the photo's.  Collector's often refer to this doll by the initials: NASS

Usually marked: 17B or 18B and unmarked.

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1950s Nancy Ann Style Show doll, 18" in # 2401 Moonlight Mist

1959 Nancy Ann Miss Nancy Ann doll or Little Margie Ann doll, 10" tall, teenage fashion doll, (competed with the Revlon dolls) vinyl  head with plastic body, twist waist, sleep eyes with real lashes, rooted hair, pierced ears with pearl earrings, high heel feet, usually marked: Nancy Ann.

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1959 Miss Nancy Ann doll, 10" 

1968-1971 Nancy Ann Muffie doll, 8" was reissued as a straight leg walker, with molded lashes and glued on wig, Twelve dolls in this series, but only two were issued before the series was discontinued called: Muffie Around the World.

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1968 Muffie doll, 8" 

 Around the World Russia doll

Additional Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls not shown

1959 Nancy Ann Little Miss Nancy Ann doll, 9" tall, hard plastic with saran wig or hard plastic with a vinyl head and rooted hair, jointed body, sleep eyes, high heeled fashion doll, marked:  Nancy Ann.

 

1973+ Nancy Ann Aline doll, 11 1/2" tall, a Barbie like clone or competitor, doll marked Made in Hong Kong and her smaller sister doll Missy doll.

 

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