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Reliable 1950 Barbara Ann Scott doll, famous Ice Skater Canada

 

1950 Reliable Barbara Ann Scott doll

The Reliable Toy Company Limited of Toronto, Canada (1920-1991) had a long history of making good quality doll products.

 

From 1922-1955 Reliable Toy Co. began producing their own composition dolls.  They are probably best known for their Canadian style Indians and Mounties dolls, they also bought molds for other well known USA doll manufacturer's, like the Ideal Toy Company. Shirley Temple doll of which they produced their own version, that was not licensed for export to the USA. 

 

In the 1950s Reliable made hard plastic and vinyl dolls.

See below for Reliable identified dolls.

related Reliable Dolls 1920-1940s

 

Vintage 1950s-1970s Reliable Dolls Identified

Items shown below are for reference

1950 Reliable Barbara Ann Scott doll, 15" tall, celebrity doll, all composition with honey blonde wig, blue sleep eyes, open smiling mouth, famous Canadian Ice Skater, dressed in her original white and marabou trimmed ice skating outfit with white ice skates.  Marked on head: RELIABLE MADE IN CANADA.

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1950 Barbara Ann Scott, doll 15"

1950 Reliable Barbara Ann Scott doll, 15", celebrity doll, all composition, jointed hips, shoulders and neck, blue sleep eyes, lashes, painted lower lashes and brows, honey blonde saran wig, open smiling mouth showing teeth, wearing a red skating outfit with white marabou, white skates and original ice skate hang tag.  Marked on head: RELIABLE MADE IN CANADA.

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1950 Barbara Ann Scott doll, 15"

1950s Reliable Sally Ann doll, 17" tall, the tag reads: SALLY ANN, MADE IN CANADA, trademark, RELIABLE TOY CO., LIMITED

The tag is attached by string to her wrist reads" Reliable vinyl flex has added play value. Made entirely of soft resilient vinyl plastic. Note perfect detail in fingers, knuckles, dimples, etc., washable, practically unbreakable, won't crack,  peel or chip."  She comes in her original outfit, shoes, socks and knit underpants. Her hair is in the original set.  Sleep eyes open and close are clear and have real lashes.  Her body will bend, but is not jointed, but her head can move from side to side.

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1950s Sally Ann doll, 17"

1950s Reliable Indian Girl Doll or Hiawatha doll, 17" tall, all composition, brown sleep eyes, black braided wig, dressed in an Indian style outfit with headband

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1950s Indian Girl doll, 17"

1950s Reliable Indian Girl Doll or Hiawatha doll, 11" tall, all composition, brown sleep eyes, black wig, dressed in an Indian style outfit with headband.

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1950s Indian Girl doll, 11"

1950 Reliable Peggy doll, 16 1/5" tall, composition shoulder head and arms, cloth body and legs, blue painted side-glancing eyes, black line over eye, well defined molded hair with a hole for a hair ribbon, closed mouth. Mark on shoulder plate: RELIABLE DOLL  MADE IN CANADA

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1950 Peggy doll, 16 1/5"

1950 Reliable Topsy doll, 10" tall, all composition, jointed hips and shoulders, black painted side-glancing eyes, black molded hair, closed mouth. Mark: RELIABLE MADE IN CANADA.

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1950 Topsy doll, 10"

1951 Reliable Pigtails doll, 18" tall, all composition with jointed body, blue sleep eyes, real upper lashes, painted lower lashes, honey blond mohair wig in pigtails, open mouth with four upper teeth.  Marked on head:  RELIABLE MADE IN CANADA

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1951 Pigtails doll, 18"

reliable_lolly_patsy.jpg (31948 bytes)1951-1955 Reliable Lolly doll or Tiny Girl doll, (same doll as Ideal's Lolly), 9" tall, head turning walker, sleep eyes, molded, rooted or wig hair, marked Reliable, little sister to the Saucy Walker doll.

Lolly is shown on left and Patsy is on the right.

               

See photo on left

1951-1955 Lolly doll or Tiny Girl doll, 9"

1952 Reliable Suzie Stepps doll, 19" tall, all hard plastic, jointed hips shoulders and neck, blue sleep eyes, lashes, saran blond wig, open mouth showing teeth. Walks and turns her head from side to side when you hold her hand. Marked: RELIABLE 

Photo courtesy of Patkan

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1952 Suzie Stepps doll, 19"

1953 Reliable Coronation Dolls, 8, 11, 12, 15, 16" tall, all plastic, jointed at neck and shoulders, the 8" tall doll has straight non-moving legs, the other sizes have jointed bodies, some were walkers, mohair or saran wig with tiara, dressed in white satin gown with gold trim, coronation robe, and ribbon sash and were meant to celebrate and commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen Elizabeth II doll pictured is 15" tall, all composition, jointed hips, shoulders and neck, blue sleep eyes, lashes, painted lower lashes and brows, auburn wig, open smiling mouth, showing six teeth, marked on head: A RELIABLE DOLL. Original white and gold gown, red velvet cape, tiara, wearing a ribbon with her name.           Photo's courtesy of Diane.

 

1953 Coronation Dolls; Queen Elizabeth II doll, 15" 

1953 Reliable Dress-Me dolls, 11" tall, hard plastic or vinyl, jointed at shoulders and and neck, non-moving straight legs, sleep eyes usually blue, wig, unclothed, clothes were available separately, sold as baggies - in plastic bags with cardboard hangtags, instead of a box. Back marked: Reliable.

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1953 Dress-Me doll, 11"

1953 Reliable Suzie Walker doll, 13" tall, all hard plastic, jointed hips shoulders and neck, blue sleep eyes, molded lashes, painted lower lashes, brown synthetic wig, closed mouth. Marked: Reliable MADE IN CANADA

Photo courtesy of Danette.

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1953 Suzie Walker doll, 13"

1954 Reliable Trudy doll, 11" tall, all hard plastic, jointed hips shoulders and neck, painted blue side glancing eyes, light brown molded hair, open mouth.  Mark on back: Reliable MADE IN CANADA.

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1954 Trudy doll, 11"

1957 Reliable Baby Tear Drop doll, 11" tall, hard plastic head, vinyl body, jointed hips, shoulders and neck, blue sleep eyes, molded lashes, brown molded hair, open drink mouth. Mark on head: Reliable

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1957 Baby Tear Drop doll, 11"

1957 Reliable Posie doll, 23" tall, vinyl head, hard plastic body, jointed knees, hips, shoulders and neck, blue sleep eyes, lashes, painted lower lashes, rooted blond or brown saran hair, closed mouth.   Marked on head and body: RELIABLE.

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1957 Posie doll, 23"

1957 Reliable Suzie Walker doll, 9" tall, all hard plastic, jointed hips, shoulders and neck, blue sleep eyes, molded lashes, brown wig in braids, closed mouth. Mark on back: Reliable MADE IN CANADA.         

Photo courtesy of etradeassist

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1957 Suzie Walker doll, 9"

1958 Reliable Little Miss Canada, 10 1/2" tall, (Little Miss Revlon look a like) hard plastic jointed body, vinyl head with rooted hair, blue sleep eyes with real upper lashes & painted corner  lower lashes, high heel feet.

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1958 Little Miss Canada doll, 10 1/2" 

1960 Reliable TickleToes doll, 18" tall, vinyl head, one piece vinyl flex body, blue sleep eyes, lashes, painted lower lashes, rooted blond saran hair, closed mouth. Doll is unmarked.

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1960 TickleToes doll, 18"

1961 Reliable Black Boy Doll, 12" tall, one piece vinyl body, vinyl head, black painted side-glancing eyes, painted upper lashes, brown molded hair, open/closed mouth showing tongue.  Marked on head: 1 1104 RELIABLE MADE IN CANADA

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1961 Black Boy Doll, 12"

1961-1962 Reliable Mitzi doll, 11 1/2" tall - a Barbie clone, Mitzi was discontinued in 1962 when they introduced the Tammy doll family. The 1962 dolls have much more exaggerated, slanting eyes.  Probably marked on neck or back Reliable.

Mitzi by Reliable of Canada

1961 Mitzi doll, 11 1/2"

1961 Reliable Wettums doll, 20" tall, (remake of an earlier doll) vinyl head and arms, plastic body and legs, brown sleep eyes, lashes, painted lower lashes, molded hair, open mouth nurser. Marked on body: Reliable MADE IN CANADA. 

 

See the Reliable 1920-1940s page for a photo of the earlier doll.

1962 Reliable Peter doll, 15-16" tall, vinyl head, plastic body, jointed hips, shoulders and neck, blue sleep eyes, lashes, painted lower lashes, black molded hair, closed mouth, doll mark on body: Reliable CANADA.  The Peter doll was also used to make the Ben Casey doll.

Photo courtesy of haysage

1962 Reliable Peter 15" doll

1962 Peter doll, 16"

1969 Reliable Multi Face doll - Three Faced doll, 16" tall, vinyl face and arms, plastic body and legs, turning knob at the top of head to change faces.                 

Photo courtesy of lizedoll

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1969 Multi Face Doll

Three Faces Doll, 16"

1974 Reliable Carol Walker doll, 24" vinyl head, plastic body, jointed hips shoulders and neck, blue sleep eyes, lashes, painted lower lashes, rooted blond curls, closed mouth. Marked on body: Reliable CANADA.

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1974 Carol Walker doll, 24"

Additional 1950s-1970s Reliable Dolls not shown

1954 Reliable Suzie Walker doll, 15" tall, all hard plastic, jointed hips shoulders and neck, brown sleep eyes, plastic lashes, painted lower lashes, blond wig in braids with bangs, open-closed mouth showing two teeth, doll marked on back: Reliable MADE IN CANADA.

 

1954 Reliable Plassikins doll, 15" tall, hard plastic, pin jointed, head turning walkers, sleep eyes, molded lashes, open mouth with two teeth, wore a pink print cotton dress and bonnet and brown shoes

 

1958 Reliable Topsy doll, 12" tall, vinyl head, one piece vinyl body, black painted side-glancing eyes, painted upper lashes, hair molded in braids tied with ribbons, open-closed mouth, doll marked on head: RELIABLE.

 

1959 Reliable Patsy doll, 9" tall, all hard plastic, jointed hips, shoulders and neck, blue sleep eyes with molded lashes, brown molded hair, closed mouth, doll marked on back: Reliable (in Script).  This same mold was used for the 1951-1955 Ideal Lolly or Tiny Girl doll.

related Reliable Dolls 1920-1940s

 

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