Elite Creations Doll Company,
Cinderella dressed doll, 8" tall
Miniature Dress Me dolls, Souvenir dolls, Tourist
dolls could be from 6" to 18" tall, the early dolls were made of composition, after 1946 dolls could be made of hard plastic.
A Dress me
doll's general characteristics are; boy dolls or girls dolls had painted
eyes or sleep eyes usually in blue, mohair wig for girls, painted hair for boys jointed at neck and
shoulders, un-jointed hips with straight legs, some with high heel feet, flat feet,
molded painted on shoes, some with painted socks, too. Most dolls are
unmarked, came in a box that may or may not have the company name to identify
who made the doll.
Early dolls were
sold as dressed dolls, boys usually dressed as a groom or cowboy, girl dolls in
a wide variety of costumes, even as Nun dolls.
Later dolls were sold undressed in plastic baggies to be dressed by the new
owner. Advertisers used Dress Me dolls as premiums, they were used as Souvenir or tourist dolls; dressed in
local costumes of the region where they were sold. Dolls may
also have been used by churches, charities, girl scouts to dress and
sell. The dress-me dolls were made by the thousands, maybe even
millions, by many different doll makers.
catalog - Miniature dress me dolls in colorful costumes, 6 1/2" tall, $2.39
Princess doll 6. Colonial doll 7. Bride doll 8. Bridesmaid
doll 9. Flower-Girl doll
All these dolls are made of composition.
catalog - Miniatures for favored little "collectors" 7 1/2" tall,
dress me dolls, dressed; 4. Little Bo Peep 5. Red Riding Hood 6.
Cinderella 7. Nun 8. Snow White
All these dolls are made of sturdy plastic.
Elite Creations Company, 8" tall composition Dress Me boy doll,
one piece head, body and straight legs, jointed only at the shoulders,
painted facial features, painted on black boots, probably
came dressed as a groom or cowboy doll, doll marked ELITE with a hole
and staple on his back.
Grant Plastics, 11" tall hard plastic Dress Me girl doll.
All these companies made or sold dressed or Dress Me type dolls;
A & H Around the
World dolls and Marcie dolls, A Rosalie Doll, Active Beau Arts dressed 5 1/2" dolls, Admiration;
Dolls of All Countries or Dolls of all Nations, Allison Corporation, Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO); Dolls of the World,
Blue Bonnet Margarine; Dolls of All Lands & mail in
Carlson; Eskimo, Indian, soldiers, plus other uniforms dressed dolls, Commonwealth,
Composition Novelty Company, Confetti Doll Company,
Doll Bodies, Inc., Doll Craftin',
Elite Creations Doll Company, ENSCO dolls, Eugenia
Fairyland Doll Company slogan; Famous
Figures of Fact and Fancy . . . Costumed,
Grant Plastics, Hollywood
Dolls, House of Dolls, Chicago, IL; Melody dolls,
Kraft cheese dolls, LeeWards Dexter craft dolls,
Linda Dolls of Britain,
Made in Hong Kong
dolls, Midwestern Manufacturing Company dolls,
Ann Storybook Doll Company, Norma Originals; "The Doll with an
PMA Plastic Molded Arts Company,
Princess Ann Doll Company,
Reddi-Wip dolls, Reliable Toy Company, Royal (called Tiny Teen
or tourist dolls from around the world, Spiegel, Standard Doll Company, Virga
Montgomery Wards, Woolco / Woolworths and
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