1934 Ideal Shirley Temple doll, 27"
Photo courtesy of
Shirley Temple Black, actress, ambassador
23 APR 1928-10 FEB 2014
Ideal Novelty and Toy
Company began in 1906, by 1938 they changed the name
to Ideal Toy Company. Ideal originally produced plush teddy
bears. The first dolls were 1910
Mr. Hooligan and Snookums dolls, both plush
cartoon characters. By the 1930s
Ideal had created some of their best known dolls; Shirley Temple, Judy Garland and
Ideal also supplied dolls to other doll manufacturers;
American Character, Arranbee, Eugenia, Mary Hoyer. Ideal dolls are made of
wood, cloth, composition, hard plastic, vinyl and magic skin and are of very
Ideal dolls were distributed by
& Bennett, Butler Brothers,
W.C. Horn Brothers,
and Strobel & Wilken. In
1982 Ideal was acquired by CBS Toy Company, which later went out of business.
Antique to Vintage Ideal Dolls Identified
1912 Ideal Naughty Marietta doll
(Coquette) and Jack Horner doll, 14", character dolls, composition flange head,
molded painted hair, painted facial features, painted blue
eyes, closed mouth with upper painted teeth, blue molded hair bow or
a depression all around her head to accommodate a ribbon,
composition hands, cloth stuffed body and legs. Dolls
are unmarked. Note: Character is based on German Gebrüder Heubach's bisque
head Coquette doll.
Effanbee also made a similar Coquette doll who has brown painted eyes, has
all cloth limbs, which is marked: DECO or unmarked.
Uneeda also made a Coquette doll of vinyl in 1963 which is a
totally different looking doll with rooted hair.
1912 Naughty Marietta doll, 14"
Ideal Uneeda Kid
or 24" tall, & 1916-1917 Ideal Zu-Zu Kid doll, 15
1/2" tall, cloth stuffed body with composition head (similar to the
Fiamingo head mold),
molded hair, painted or sleep eyes, closed mouth, both were
advertising dolls for National Biscuit Co. He wears
beige rompers under his yellow fisherman coat and hat. Zu-Zu is an advertising doll for ginger snaps,
she wore a printed yellow clown costume
with brown stars & pompoms and pointed cap. Unmarked
or marked: Ideal inside a diamond.
1914 Ideal Uneeda Kid doll,
1915 Ideal Girl with wavy hair doll, 12 1/2" tall, composition
flange head with deep molded short blonde hair, with wavy bangs
swept to each side of forehead, blue tin sleep eyes,
closed smiling mouth, cloth upper arms and legs, lower limbs are
composition with brown molded boots, cloth body jointed at
shoulders and hips with outside disks. Doll marked IDEAL
inside a diamond with U S OF A letters in each of the four outside
corners. Note: This
girl has a similar character face as German
Gebrüder Heubach's bisque
head Coquette doll and the Naughty Marietta doll (shown
above), but this doll has sleep eyes and no molded blue
ribbon in the hair.
1915 Girl with wavy hair doll, 12 1/2"
ca. 1918 Ideal
composition Lady doll with cloth body, 19" tall, composition shoulder head with
tin sleep eyes, painted lashes, closed mouth with four painted strokes
indicating teeth, full composition arms and partial lower composition legs, cloth Lady like body with stitched hips
and cloth upper legs, doll marked IDEAL
inside a diamond with U S OF A letters in each of the four outside
corners on back. Doll was likely produced by Ideal during world war I, to
fill the gap of European dolls, now not available.
ca. 1918 Ideal composition Lady doll with
cloth body, 19"
ca. 1918 Ideal
all composition doll with jointed body, 18" tall, composition head with
tin sleep eyes, painted lashes, closed mouth with four painted strokes
indicating teeth, composition jointed German like body at neck, shoulders,
wrists, hips and knees, doll marked
inside a diamond with U S OF A letters in each of the four outside
corners on back of neck and dolls back. Doll was likely produced by Ideal
during world war I, to fill the gap of European dolls, now not available.
Photo coming soon
ca. 1918 Ideal all composition doll with
Ideal Liberty Boy
doll or Dough Boy doll 12" tall, all composition, jointed, painted molded
hair, molded painted US army uniform, marked Ideal in a diamond
on back. Not shown is his brown felt hat. Also; 1918
Ideal Columbian Kids dolls, Ideal Cracker
Jack Boy doll, Ideal Compo doll and Ideal Sweater Boy doll.
1918 Liberty Boy doll, 12"
Flirt doll, Flossie Flirt Junior doll, 14-23" tall, 1928 Sears ad states: "Americas
best known Ma-Ma doll", rolls her flirty eyes from side
to side, winks and blinks her sleep eyes, marcelled parted mohair wig, composition head, smiling
open mouth with teeth, soft rubber arms and hands, cloth body and
legs stuffed with cotton. Doll marked
IDEAL inside a diamond with U S OF A letters in
each of the four outside corners. After 1926 some Flossie dolls have eyelashes,
hands are either rubber or composition, legs are composition. In 1929 Flossie's
rubber arms are unpainted.
Photo courtesy of Flozdolz.
Flossie Flirt doll, 20"
1926-1929 Ideal Vanity
Flossie or Gay Flossie, 20" tall, same doll
came with comb, mirror & other vanity accessories, available
as a premium for Needlecraft magazine in 1927.
Flossie Flirt doll Sears ad
Ideal Snoozie Smiles doll - The Surprise Baby, 16-17" tall, "this is the doll that made
Queen Mary smile", she had her picture taken (1924)
holding the multi-face, two faced Snoozie Smiles doll. Composition head
and partial composition limbs, stuffed cloth body, crying face has painted eyes
and tear, smiling face has sleep eyes, two voices a mama and a crier, wore a
linen romper dress with nursery figures and matching hat. Doll is Unmarked.
Also in 1923 Ideal Greenwich Village Vincent doll
and Greenwich Village Vivian doll.
1923 Snoozie Smiles doll,
1924-1929 Ideal Carrie Joy doll, 16 or 20" tall, composition
flange head with short arms, cloth body, upper arms and legs with stitched
hips, blue tin sleep eyes that also wink individually, closed/open mouth with
teeth, mohair wig. Doll marked U S of A in the four corners of a
diamond, with Ideal inside. The Carrie Joy doll was also sold as
a mail in coupon premium, after you purchased $10.00 worth of goods, send
the coupon with .99 and get the $3.00 doll.
Joy doll, 20"
1924 Ideal Twinkie Doll, 13 1/2" tall, Twinkies Specialty doll, composition
flange head, celluloid hands, cloth stuffed felt body, molded painted hair with
single curl on forehead, individually rocking, flirting sleep eyes, apple
cheeks, closed smiling watermelon mouth. Wears a felt vest with seven
tinkling bells on points, felt shoes. Doll marked Genuine Twinkie Doll
Copyr 1916 Eyes Pat. Twinkies Specialty inside a circle. (date is for
the special rocking, flirting Ideal eye mechanism patent). Twinkies Specialty
1924 Ideal Twinkie
Doll, 13 1/2"
Ideal Suck-a-Thumb Baby doll, 13-15" tall, composition head,
cloth body and legs, soft rubber arms, molded hair, open mouth to accept a
pacifier, "She cries, sleeps and enjoys her
pacifier", wore an white organdy dress. Doll marked Ideal
inside a diamond, U S OF A in outside corners.
1926-1930 Ideal Baby Smiles doll or Ideal Smiles doll,
same as above doll, now with flirty eyes, doll sold thru Borgfeldt. In 1930+ this doll was
renamed Tickletoes, see doll shown below.
1926 Suck-A-Thumb Baby doll ad
doll or Ideal Sally-kins doll, 14-27" tall, composition head, arms,
legs (some limbs are rubber), cloth kapok stuffed body, molded
painted hair, tin flirty sleep eyes, painted eye lashes, open mouth with
two upper, two lower teeth, tongue, mama crier, wore an organdy
dress, bonnet and rubber panties, (Little Sister has flannel
diapers). Cuddles doll mark I.N. & T. C. or Ideal Doll Made in U.S.A. ,
stamped on the body US Patent 162143412 1793335. Sally-kins doll mark I.N. & T. CO.
Cuddles doll 26"
Ideal Peter Pan
1/2 & 18", stuffed felt body with green jerkin, cap
& shoes, composition head and hands, molded blond hair,
tin sleep eyes, marked: Ideal inside a diamond.
Same doll dressed in orange was the Orange Juice
1928 Peter Pan doll, 18"
1931-1939 Ideal Tickletoes doll, 14, 16, 19 1/2, 21 or 24" tall, composition
flange head lightly molded hair,
rubber arms and straight legs (in 1927 this head mold was called Baby Smiles if
she has bent stuffed cloth legs), stuffed kapok cloth body, tilting turning head, flirty sleep winking eyes,
open mouth with painted teeth, cheek dimples. Doll has three different cry
boxes; in each leg and in the tummy. Originally wore an organdy dress with rubber
panties, matching bonnet and shoes with socks and a pacifier.
Doll can be marked: Ideal in a diamond with USA on the four
outside corners, or 82 Ideal Doll Made in USA. In 1931-1934 (maybe
longer) Ideal Curly Tickletoes doll, came with a curly wig
of imported fur that can be washed, wore a romper with
embroidered collar, belt with celluloid buckle, cotton flannel
vest and rubber panties. See the
Spiegel page for ad photo.
1931-1934 Tickletoes doll 16"
About 1934 Ideal Tickletoes head mold has more pronounced
molded curls on the forehead, doll mark Ideal USA inside a diamond.
Ideal Ticklette doll or Ideal Little Tickletoes doll, 13" tall, little
sister to Tickletoes doll, composition head, soft rubber arms
and legs, voice crier in each leg, separate squeaker in body,
sleep eyes, wore an organdy dress with bonnet.
Ticklette doll ad
1932-1938 Ideal Honeysuckle doll, 11 1/2 -16 1/2" tall, hard rubber head,
soft rubber body, flirty rolling sleep eyes, drink wet doll, squeaker voice
box in legs, can feel the dolls ribs, additional 10 piece
layette available separately.
1933-1934 Ideal Snoozie doll, 17-22" tall, composition flange head,
molded painted blonde hair, celluloid or tin sleep eyes, pierced nostrils, open
yawning mouth with two upper teeth, metal tongue, cloth body and partial upper
arms and legs, rubber lower arms and composition lower legs, doll marked © B.
Lipfert or By B. Lipfert.
1933-1934 Snoozie doll,
1934+ Ideal Betsy Wetsy doll.
Sears ad reads; New! Betsy Wetsy doll, No Finer Rubber
Babies At Any Price. She's rubber and Loves a Bath, Her beautiful head,
unbreakable Idenite (hard rubber), has pretty molded hair, sleeping eyes, real
eyelashes, Lacy dress, bonnet, slip, socks, booties, three diapers, shirt,
bottle, nipple, safety pins, clothes pins, powder puff, sponge, washcloth, soap.
12 1/2" bent leg doll, 21 piece layette, in wood frame three door chest,
14 1/2" bent leg doll, 23 piece layette, in hinged cover, "Airplane" O'Nite
kit, can of talcum and baby bunting, striped case, $4.98.
12" straight leg doll, 21 piece layette, in hinged cover, "Airplane" O'Nite
kit, striped case, travel labels, lock, $2.98.
1937 Ideal Betsy
a Drink and wet, rubber baby doll 12, 12 1/2, 14 1/2".
All idenite rubber doll, molded hair, sleep eyes, real eyelashes,
open nurser mouth for bottle. bent baby legs or straight legs.
Effanbee Dy-Dee baby competitor.
ca. 1934-1937 Ideal Ginger doll,
13 - 27" tall, used the same composition jointed body as the
later Shirley Temple dolls, Ginger has a dimple in the chin, tin or glass blue
or brown sleep eyes and arms sometimes made of rubber. Doll
is unmarked or there maybe a faint marking, like the
Shirley dolls, this
was perhaps done
so Ideal would not need to pay royalties to Shirley Temple. The 13" Ginger doll
is marked on head Ideal Made in USA and on her back USA 13.
Photo courtesy of Dollsisme, Ginger doll as
shown is all original and was
handed down from her loving Aunt Leona. Ginger Lee as she
was called, is 21" tall, all composition with flirty glacé sleep eyes open
mouth with her trademark dimple in her chin and original ringlet curled wig.
Also, wearing her original dress, hat, panties, socks, shoes, box and hangtag as well. Beautiful!
ca. 1934-1937 Ginger
Temple doll, 11", 13 1/2", 16", 17", 18",
20", 22", 25" & 27" tall,
celebrity doll, all composition
wigged with 52 ringlet curls in shades of blonde, hazel
glass-like sleep eyes, real eyelashes, painted lower lashes, dimples in both
cheeks, open smiling mouth
with six teeth, came in outfits that were replicas from Shirley's
movies, designed by Mollye Goldman (1934-1936), all the dolls came with a
Shirley photo and pin Doll marks on head: Shirley Temple Ideal Nov. &
Toy Co. on back Shirley Temple. Shirley Temple in an arch.
Shirley Temple in an arch Ideal N.& T.Co. Shirley Temple a
diamond with Ideal inside.
Sears Shirley Temple
Temple doll, 16" tall, all composition jointed body, wigged with 52
ringlet curls in shades of blonde, hazel glass-like sleep
eyes, real eyelashes, painted lower lashes, dimples in both cheeks, open smiling mouth
with six teeth, in original clothing, dressed in
"Baby Take a Bow" white with red polka dots.
Shirley Temple doll, 16"
Temple doll, 18" tall, all composition, wigged,
hazel sleep eyes, dimples in both cheeks, open smiling mouth, think the clothing is Mommy
made, but of a style that Shirley wore. Marked on
head: Cop Ideal N & T Co (this is the early
1934 Shirley Temple doll, 18"
1935 Ideal Shirley
Temple Baby doll, 15 1/2-16, 18, 20- 22, 25 & 27" tall,
Sears Exclusive - composition shoulder plate head with
composition or rubber arms and composition lower legs, molded
hair with/without a wig, cloth
kapok stuffed body, hazel glass-like flirty sleep eyes, open mouth with tongue
and teeth, those famous dimples on her cheeks, came wearing an
organdy dress with matching bonnet. Marked on head:
1935 Shirley Temple Baby Doll 15 1/2"
Princess, Pigtails or Pigtail Sally and Cinderella dolls, 13, 14,
16, 18, 20 or 25"
tall or Betty Jane, Mary Jane or Miss America, 15, 16, 18,
20 & 22" tall, all composition with sleep eyes,
closed or open mouth with four teeth, wigged. Some of these dolls are unmarked.
Cinderella 13 1/2" tall is marked on back Shirley Temple 13 or
unmarked. Cinderella 18" is marked on head Shirley Temple and
on back Shirley Temple 18. Cinderella 22" tall is marked on head:
Ideal inside a diamond USA, on back 22 backwards Ideal USA.
1935-1947 Pigtail Sally doll, 18"
an I-De-Lite Doll or Lifetime Doll, 12, 14, 16" tall, Shirley Temple look a like
doll without the
dimples, all Idenite a hard rubber material (much heavier than composition) jointed at the neck,
shoulders and hips, celluloid sleep eyes, open mouth with two upper teeth, mohair wig,
doll is unmarked.
1936 Ideal Suzette,
I-De-Lite, Lifetime doll, 16"
Ideal Baby Snooks doll, Fanny Brice, 12" tall, celebrity doll, (designed by Cameo's
Joseph Kallus) flexy doll with wire
mesh torso and a metal cable thru arms & legs. Shown in
original clothing (two piece outfit came in various print
fabrics). Marked: IDEAL DOLL. Other
Ideal flexy character
dolls were: Soldier,
Mortimer Snerd (shown below), Sunny Sue, Sunny Sam,
Black Flexy and a
Baby Snooks doll, 12"
Ideal Mortimer Snerd
(Edgar Bergen's dummy) 12" tall, flexy doll with wire
mesh torso and a metal cable thru arms & legs. Shown
in original clothing. Marked: IDEAL DOLL Made
Mortimer Snerd doll, 12"
Ideal Cinderella doll, 13" tall, all composition flirty sleep
eyes, dressed in a formal. Some are marked others are
unmarked, used the Shirley Temple body mold, so some
may be marked like the Shirley dolls, some dolls have flirty
side to side glancing eyes. Cinderella is marked on back Shirley Temple
13 or unmarked.
1938-1939 Cinderella doll, 13"
Ideal Deanna Durbin doll, 21 & 24-25" tall (only produced in 1938). 1939-1941
she came in sizes 14-15" & 18" tall, celebrity doll, Deanna was a teenage movie star
and singer of radio & TV.
All composition jointed body, brown sleep eyes, brown human
hair wig, dimples, open smiling mouth with six teeth.
Came in several different outfits. Marked on head:
Deanna Durbin Ideal Doll, USA.
The 15" tall size doll shown on
left, has been found with the Mayfair twist waist, walker body
and the Deanna head mold. Photo on left,
courtesy of Flozdolz.
1938 Deanna Durbin doll,
Ideal Dorothy, Judy Garland doll Wizard of Oz, 16 or 18" tall,
celebrity doll, all
composition jointed body, brown sleep eyes, open smiling mouth
with four teeth, human hair brown braided
wig, dressed in original blue and white gingham dress over a
white blouse, socks and shoes. Marked on head: Ideal
Doll on back: 18 Ideal Doll Made in USA.
Dorothy doll, 18"
1938 Ideal Snow
White doll, based on the character in the Walt Disney movie Snow
White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937, they made three dolls;
one used the Shirley Temple mold, is 11" tall, all composition with black mohair
wig hair, she has dimples in her cheeks not her chin.
Photo courtesy of Patkan.
The 14-19" tall Ideal Snow White doll is composition with molded
hair and a 16" tall all cloth
doll has a painted mask face. All the dolls wore a
similar long dress in white with red or blue bodice, with her
name imprinted on the skirt bottom "Snow White and the
1938 Snow White doll, 11"
Ideal Snow White doll, 19" tall, stuffed cloth
body construction, molded painted black hair, painted
1938 Ideal Snow White doll, 19"
tall, cloth stuffed body with black molded painted hair,
painted blue ribbon. Blue and white dress.
Photo courtesy of
1938 Snow White doll,
is the cloth doll with painted mask face, was a set with the seven Dwarfs, 12".
Beatrix doll, 16-22" tall, composition flange head, full arms that rotate
at the shoulders and bent
legs to above the knees, cloth body and upper legs, stitched hips,
molded painted curly cue dark brown hair, flirty sleep Magic eyes that
move side to side, closed mouth, with clenched fist hands. Doll marked
Ideal Made in USA. This doll head mold was also
used by other doll makers including a Sayco marked doll and an
unidentified company whose doll is unmarked.
Georgene made by Averill, also
has the full composition arms with clenched fist hands.
Beatrix doll, 18"
Ideal Hawaiian Shirley Temple doll, Marama doll, 13 or 18"
tall, black doll, Hawaiian black Shirley Temple doll, used the Shirley Temple
head and body mold, all
composition, sleep eyes, black yarn hair, open mouth, dressed in a Hawaiian outfit of a green grass hula skirt,
floral top and flower like leis. Doll was nic-named Marama by
doll collectors based on the
character in the 1937 movie "The Hurricane"
(which Shirley was not in, the Marama character was actually played by Dorothy
Lamour). The 13" doll is marked: Ideal
13 or on back: Shirley Temple.
Marama doll 13"
black Shirley Temple Doll
Ideal Coquette doll,
9 or 11" tall, all composition, jointed, painted molded
hair, (larger size had a wig instead of molded hair), painted
side glancing eyes came in short or long gown. Marked on
back: backwards 9 Ideal Doll.
The 11" tall doll was also
used in the Gulliver's Travels series as Princess Glory,
based on the movie by Paramount Pictures.
Coquette doll, 9"
Ideal Mayfair doll, 15, 18, 21 & 25" tall, all composition
sleep eyes, wigged, jointed body with double twist waist, one
arm is bent. The 15" size body was also used by the
Hoyer Doll company. The 15" size is marked with
the number 13 on back.
The 15" Deanna Durbin doll
and a Russian boy used this same body with a twist waist,
Mayfair doll, 15"
1939-1940 Ideal Composition and
dolls: (shown at left) King Little 14",
Jimmy Cricket 10 1/2", (shown on right) Gabby 13", Pinocchio 11"
and Superman 14" tall. Wood figures are usually marked Des. &
Copyright, by Character name, Made by Ideal Novelty & Toy Co.
Gabby doll, 13"
Ideal Bride doll,
15" tall, all composition, jointed, sleep eyes, wigged in
several colors, open mouth with four upper teeth, wore a
bridal outfit, marked on head: X within a circle. May
see a faint Shirley Temple marking on back.
Bride doll, 15"
Additional antique Ideal dolls not shown
1910 Ideal Mr. Hooligan doll, 21"
tall, composition papier mache head, painted facial features,
closed smiling mouth, cloth plush body & limbs in brown, blue &
white fur. Mr. Hooligan is a comic character from the
Happy Hooligan cartoon created by Frederich Burr Opper.
Doll marked: A cross like symbol with Ideal on the horizontal
crossbar and Unbreakable written vertically down the post.
1910 Ideal Baby Snookums doll, 14" tall, composition papier
mache head, molded painted top knot in front and back, painted facial features,
single dot for eye, wide open mouth with one tooth, tan plush body and jointed
limbs, tan felt mitten hands and felt boots. Baby Snookums is a comic character from
The Newlyweds cartoon created by George McManus. Doll is
Ideal Baby Mine Doll
Doll Muff, 12" doll, muff is 7 x 13", doll is all
composition jointed at shoulders & hips with steel springs, body
& head are one piece, painted lightly molded hair, painted eyes,
no painted lashes, closed painted mouth, doll marked: Ideal Baby
Mine. Doll Muff is a celluloid mask face of a different
mold than the same named doll, painted facial features, molded
painted blonde bangs, closed mouth, muff body, hood, partial
arms & stitched legs are unstuffed mohair, with celluloid or
composition mitten hands & feet, muff doll marked: Ideal baby
Mine Trademark U.S. Pat. 41179 Doll Muff. Made by special permission of Margaret Mayo
(born: Lillian Elizabeth Slatten 1882-1951),
playwright who originated the "Baby Mine" comedy. Also,
1911 Ideal Dandy Kid doll and Ty Cobb doll.
1912 Ideal Fan Kid doll, 11 1/2, 14" tall, composition flange head and lower
arms, cloth body, upper arms and red striped socks with black shoes cloth legs,
jointed with inside disks, molded painted hair, painted blue eyes, closed mouth,
doll is unmarked, dressed in a baseball uniform. Also, 1912 Ideal
Russian Boy doll and Ideal Captain Jinks doll.
1913 Ideal Arctic Boy, Baby Bettie or Baby Betty, Baby Marion
doll, The Country Cousins; Freddie and Flora dolls, Tiny
Toddler dolls, 15, 17" tall (possibly other sizes), composition flange head,
lower arms and bent lower legs, cloth body upper arms and upper legs jointed
with inside disks, molded painted striated hair, painted eyes, open or closed
mouth, dolls are all unmarked.
Ideal Admiral Dot doll, composition, portrait sailor boy
doll, based on the Barnum and Bailey circus. Ideal Baby Bunting doll, is as large as a real baby, composition and cloth.
Ideal Baby Lolo doll, Ideal Baby Paula doll and Ideal Little Princess doll,
composition and cloth dolls.
1914-1915 Ideal Bronco Bill doll, 13", Ideal Farmer
Kids doll, 15" tall, composition flange head with molded painted hair,
painted eyes, puckered mouth without a hole, composition lower arms and legs,
cloth body and upper limbs jointed with inside disks, dolls are unmarked.
Ideal Dolly Varden doll,
oilcloth body, doll based on the 1902 Dolly Varden Theatre play, featuring
stage actress and singer Miss Lulu Glaser. Ideal Baseball Kids
dolls, Ideal Dottie Dimples doll, Ideal Prize Baby doll.
1915 Ideal Baby Talc
doll, composition and cloth. Ideal Buster Brown doll and Buster Browns Sister
doll, both dolls have human hair wigs. It is unknown if, how dolls are
1915 Ideal Our Pet doll,
15"tall, composition flared head with molded painted hair,
painted eyes, closed mouth, cloth body, upper arms are
composition, jointed at hips with inside disk, stuffed cloth
bent baby lower legs, composition lower arms. Doll is unmarked.
Baby doll, 22" tall, composition flared head with molded painted
hair, two curled locks of hair on forehead, stationary glass
eyes, closed mouth, imitation kid/oil cloth body,
upper arms are cloth with composition lower arms, jointed at
hips with inside disk, stuffed cloth bent baby lower legs.
See the Peggy doll, who uses the same head mold. Doll is unmarked.
1916 Ideal Baby Bi-Face doll, multi-face doll with two
faces, composition head doll. Twist the head for a smiling
face or a tearful one. Unknown if, how doll is
marked. Ideal Mabel doll. Ideal Old Glory Kids dolls
1918 Ideal Peggy doll,
22" tall, composition flared head with molded painted hair
two curled locks of hair on forehead, tin sleep eyes,
closed mouth, cloth body, upper arms are cloth,
jointed at hips with inside disk, stuffed cloth bent baby lower
legs, composition lower arms. Used the same head as
Sanitary Baby, now with tin sleep eyes and cloth body -
otherwise dolls are the same. Columbia Kid
would also have this type cloth body. Doll is unmarked.
1918+ Ideal Mama dolls or Child dolls,
13-22" tall, composition head and limbs, cloth body, rocking sleep
eyes that worked independently, open or closed mouth, some are wigged, others have molded painted
hair. Usually marked: U. S. A. + Ideal inside a diamond,
or Ideal Doll Made in USA. Some
of the dolls names are;
Jenny Wren doll, Pretty
Peggy doll and Sleeping Beauty doll.
1920 Ideal The Little Mother Teaching Dolly to Walk doll,
has a crying voice box in the head.
1922 Ideal Poppa-Momma dolls, they can sit, walk, cry,
talk, wink and blink, one of these dolls was named; Miss Rainshine doll.
1924 Ideal Beau Brummel doll. 1925 Ideal
Hush-A-Bye Baby doll, infant doll, a Bye-Lo Baby doll look a like
1927-1928 Ideal Baby Mae doll,
tall, cloth stuffed body, composition head and limbs, curly
hair wig, sleep eyes, mama cries, wore an organdy
dress with bonnet, socks and patent leather shoes. The
20" size was Bouncing Baby Mae doll.
1928 Ideal Kandy Kid doll, 15", uses the same head mold as
the Buster Brown doll, with side to side moving eyes, the rest the same
including doll mark.
Brown doll, 16-17" composition flange head lower arms and legs, cloth stuffed body
upper arms without shoulder joints and legs with stitched hips, molded painted
blonde hair, blue tin eyes sleep eyes that rock individually, closed smiling
watermelon mouth, Buster brown is a cartoon character created by
Richard Felton Outcault in 1902.
Doll marked Ideal inside a diamond U.S. of A. in outside corners.
1932-1939 Ideal Ducky doll, 11
- 13" tall, composition head, rubber body and limbs, tin
sleep eyes (except the littlest size they were painted), open
mouth, legs had squeakers, came with a suitcase, diapers,
bottle and accessories. Doll mark Ideal inside a diamond, Pat.
1939 Ideal Storybook cloth dolls, 16" tall, mask face
with cloth stuffed body, turning head, yarn hair, mitten hands, dressed in the
storybook character costume; Little Miss Muffet, Little Bo Peep, Mary Had A
Little Lamb, Mistress Mary Quite Contrary, Queen of Hearts, Daffy Down Dilly,
Little Boy Blue, Tom Tom the Piper's Son, character name is imprinted on
costume, dolls are unmarked, came with a hangtag.
1939 Wizard of Oz Scarecrow (Strawman) cloth doll,
16" tall, celebrity doll, with pink sateen mask face, triangular eyebrows, button type eyes, yellow
yarn hair, limbs and body sewn to a white cloth body dressed in a black jacket,
black felt hat black shoes, red pants, Scarecrow is unmarked had a
hangtag that reads; The Strawman by Ray Bolgers of Wizard of Oz, Made
in U.S.A., Ideal Toy & Novelty Co., Judy Garland as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz.
1939 Ideal Toddling Sue doll, several sizes, at least in 16, 20", all
composition, had a mohair wig over molded hair, sleep eyes, open mouth with two
upper teeth, fully jointed body, doll is unmarked.