Cindy Lou Doll ca. 1954-1955
Richwood Toys, Inc. was
located in Annapolis, Maryland USA and was a small family operation,
they sold hard
plastic dolls in the late 1940s to 1950s.
This is their vintage Cindy Lou
doll, shown on left, who is a 14" tall doll, made of hard plastic, often is found
with a jointed body
with hip-pinned legs and a head turning walker, but also as a
non-walker, saran wig, sleep eyes with the Mary Hoyer doll mold.
Dolls were sold in a taffeta slip, panties, socks and shoes with tiny
curlers or as a dressed doll. Photo
at left courtesy of Lina
It's believed by collectors that
Richwood bought the Mary Hoyer doll mold "blanks" with the generic mark: Made
in U.S.A. (please see the Hard
Plastic Marks page - for other mfg's. who used this marking),
inside a Circle on their back. (without the Mary Hoyer
name), and then wigged and re-dressed them ... and maybe painted
the faces, too. The lip paint on the Richwood Cindy Lou's is often
darker and more vibrant than on the Hoyer dolls, but cheek blush
is often pale or non-existent. These dolls
may sometimes be mistaken for the Hoyer doll which commands a higher
price and has more documentation
available. Dolls may only have been available on the East coast
of the USA, which is where the company was located.
In above photo; Left,
Cindy Lou in a red skating outfit with auburn braided wig. She is wearing ice skates so she looks a little taller.
a Mary Hoyer doll in a white and turquoise skating outfit
with a wig of medium length auburn hair.
is a Mary Hoyer doll with medium length auburn wig, in a pale pink ballerina tutu with satin bodice
and tulle, pleated crown and ballerina slippers.
Cindy Lou with auburn braided wig wearing a pink crocheted skating outfit
and ice skates, which make her a little taller, but both dolls
are 14" tall.
Mary Hoyer doll and Cindy Lou doll comparison photo's are courtesy of Lina's
personal doll collection. Thanks for sharing with us,
is a photo by Andrea showing the Cindy Lou walker dolls hip-pinned, hinged leg
construction. Also note the extra ridge under the back
neckline, which is part of the head turning mechanism. These
were originally meant to be a walker version of the Mary Hoyer
doll - but for whatever reason Hoyer chose not to use this
walker body type - and instead sold all of the dolls to
Richwood. Richwood also bought the non-walking body type from
Nightgown and Negligee
doll in the Ski Suit
Felt hat, mittens,
and jacket; gabardine-type pants, oilcloth ski boots attached
to wooden skis and ski poles with oilcloth straps to wrap
around the mittens.
The jacket has the
tiniest buttons (1/8", I think) in the front under a
flap...so tiny I can't get the top one fastened! There's a
back belt on the jacket with a tiny button, too. The
turquoise-colored pants snap in the back and have stitched-in
Lou doll wearing the outfit Dress Coat
along with her matching red
Formal Evening Dress.
Lou doll wearing her Christmas Coat.
includes the red with white faux fur hat, red coat with white
faux fur wrap collar, white muff and red boots.
lovely fashions of the Cindy Lou doll represent the highest style and
finest quality available on any 14" doll.
Her wardrobe of teenage
American clothes is fully removable and is made of the finest
materials. The clothes are available separately so that
a complete wardrobe may be obtained. The beautifully constructed
saran wig maybe washed, combed and curled. Each doll
comes complete with tiny hair curlers. Cindy Lou, Model CL 900 and
description, and Tea Dance Dress.
Shirt and Shorts.