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PMA 1950s Bride doll 11" tall

Plastic Molded Arts a USA manufacturer or PMA as collectors refer to them, produced thousands of hard plastic dolls and doll parts in the 1950s, both for their own use, as well as sold to other doll makers.

 

PMA is best known for their small Ginny look a like dolls and hard plastic walker type dolls.      

  

Below are vintage PMA dolls identified 

Vintage PMA, Plastic Molded Arts Dolls Identified 

Items below are for reference

1950s PMA Twinkle Toes doll, 10" tall, all hard plastic, sleep eyes, saran wig, is also a stepping stepper.

1950s PMA Twinkle Toes doll, 10"

1950s Twinkle Toes doll, 10"

1950s PMA Walking Girl Doll, 14" tall, all hard plastic, walker, wearing original clothing of a plaid with lace trim jumper over a blouse with white socks and shoes, with her original hang tag, doll marked on back: Plastic Molded Arts Co. L.I.C New York.  

Photo courtesy of Jane.

1950s PMA Walking Girl Doll, 14"

1950s Walking Girl Doll, 14"

1950s PMA Miss Babbitt doll, 20" tall, Big Sister doll of Little Miss Babbitt, 20" tall, hard plastic, sleep eyes, rooted bubble cut hair style, high heel feet; came wearing a cotton sun suit with high heel shoes. Separate wardrobe was available for purchase.  Doll is unmarked.

Big Sister Miss Babbitt doll is an advertising doll for the Bab-O-Cleanser Company.

1950s PMA Miss Babbitt doll,  20"

1950s Miss Babbitt doll,  20"

1959 PMA Little Miss Babbitt doll, 10" tall, hard plastic head with sleep eyes, wigged, hollow plastic body (like a Dress Me doll) jointed at the neck and shoulders only, straight legs with high heel feet; came wearing a yellow, green and orange floral print sleeveless dress with a sheer white apron, white plastic open toe shoes. Separate wardrobe of seven outfits were available for purchase.  Doll is unmarked.

Little Miss Babbitt doll is an advertising doll for the Bab-O-Cleanser Company.

1959 PMA Little Miss Babbitt doll, 10"

1959 Little Miss Babbitt doll, 10"

1950s PMA Bride doll, 11" 1950s PMA Bride doll, 11" tall, hard plastic, sleep eyes, wig of mohair, straight non-jointed or bending legs, came dressed in bride outfit with veil.  Looks like the same face mold used for Miss Joan but without the jointed knees. Doll is unmarked.

There is also a molded haired doll similar to this Bride dolls face, with stationary non-bending legs and sleep eyes. 

1950s PMA Bride doll face, 11"

1950s Bride doll, 11"

1950s PMA Molded hair girl doll face, 11"1950s PMA Molded hair girl doll, 11" tall, all hard plastic, molded hair, stationary eyes, closed mouth, straight non-jointed or bending legs.

Photo courtesy of Startlightstarbright.

PMA doll mark on back of the Molded hair girl doll

Doll mark initials of PMA inside a circle, on back of the Molded hair girl doll

PMA 1950s Molded hair girl doll, 11"

1950s Molded hair girl doll, 11"

1950s PMA Chubby Girl doll, 10 1/2" tall, hip pin, head turning walker, sleep eyes, wig, doll marked Plastic Molded Arts Co. L.I.C New York.

PMA 1950s Chubby girl doll

1950s Chubby Girl doll, 10 1/2"

1952 PMA Colgate-Palmolive Fab, Incline Walking doll, 6" tall, all hard plastic, jointed at the hips, painted molded blonde hair, blue side glancing sleep eyes, closed mouth, dressed in a sleeveless red and white polka dot dress, painted white socks and black shoes.  Doll marked on bottom of her foot PMA.  The Incline walking doll was made by Plastic Molded Arts.  Advertising doll for Colgate-Palmolive Fab soap detergent.

1952 Colgate-Palmolive Fab Incline Walking doll, 6"

1953 PMA Joanie Pigtails doll, 8" tall, is a head turning walker, saran wig, sleep eyes with heavy painted lashes, molded on slippers by PMA Doll Company.  

Joanie Pigtails also came as a Joanie Travel wardrobe doll, Joanie Wedding Belle with a Bridal wardrobe and a Joanie Walker doll that has much more pointed eyebrows than the regular Joanie Pigtails doll.  

See the Niresk Industries page for a similar doll named Janie Pigtail 8" tall, also unmarked.

1953 PMA Joanie Pigtails doll, 8"

1953 Joanie Pigtails doll, 8"

1953 PMA Stepping Steppers doll, 10" tall, all hard plastic, head turning walker, sleep eyes, saran wig.

1953 PMA Stepping Steppers doll, 10"

1953 Stepping Steppers doll, 10"

1956-1957 PMA Miss Joan doll, 12" tall, all hard plastic, 1956 saran wig or 1957 vinyl head with rooted hair, sleep eyes with painted lower lashes, jointed at neck, shoulders, hips and just above the knees, high heel feet, walker doll, wore a lace teddy, stockings.  

 1957 PMA Miss Joan doll mark Pat's Pend.

PMA Miss Joan doll mark Pat's Pend.

1956-1957 PMA Miss Joan doll, 12"

1956-1957 Miss Joan doll, 12"

1958 PMA Little Miss Joan doll, 8-9" tall, all hard plastic, wig, sleep eyes with painted lower lashes, jointed at neck, shoulders, hips and just above the knees, high heel feet, walker doll, same as the above Miss Joan doll only smaller, came with a wardrobe that could be purchased separately including a mink stole. Unknown how Little Miss Joan doll is marked, may be like the above doll.

1958 PMA Little Miss Joan doll 8-9"

1958 Little Miss Joan doll, 8-9"

1959-1961 PMA Linda Williams doll, 14, 18 & 30" tall, the largest size 30 is a walker doll, Angela Cartwright character from the Danny Thomas TV show "Make Room For Daddy", a 14" doll was made by PMA - Plastic Molded Arts Company, and the Natural Doll Company also made the Linda Williams doll. Was possibly a mail-in-premium from the General Foods Company.  14" size doll is marked on head: Linda Williams.

Thank you Andrea Nowlin! for sharing that PMA also made this doll, Andrea is the great-niece of the owner of the Plastic Molded Arts Doll Company of Long Island, NY USA.

PMA 1959 Linda Williams doll, 14"

1959 Linda Williams doll, 14"

1960-1961 PMA Debby doll, 11 1/2" tall, Barbie like competitor, uses the Uneeda or clone Bild Lilli doll head mold that is marked with a U, doll is not shown in original clothing, which was probably a swimsuit.

1960 PMA Debby doll, 11 1/2"

1960 Debby doll, 11 1/2"

1960s PMA Fashion Doll, 10" tall, hard plastic jointed doll with vinyl head and rooted hair, sleep eyes, high heel feet. Doll marked PMA.

1960s PMA Fashion Doll, 10"

1960s Fashion Doll, 10"

 

PMA - Plastic Molded Arts Dolls not shown

 

ca. 1960s PMA Tammy clone, 12" tall and PMA Peggy a Pepper clone doll, 9" tall, Peggy is marked SD for Standard Doll Company who made her for PMA.

 

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