Saturday, August 24, 2019

Doll-A-Day 2019 #234: Connie's Collection: Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls Part 4

  Today we're looking at more Nancy Ann doll. These are today's girls.

This one had a tag that said Nettie Bird. It seems it is supposed to be Nellie Bird.

I don't know the name of this girl.
Nellie Bird is an example of the scary eyed plastic Nancy Anns!

She's not as bad from the side,but she's still looking at me.

The blonde has two black eyes, but at least she's not scary.

She's marked Storybook Dolls,USA.

The brunette definitely has some attitude.

These are the 5 and a half inch dolls. Both of them can turn their heads,and sit.

I think the blonde is definitely less scary than the brunette. She's a bit sweet.

She has a pretty,delicate looking dress.

It closes in the back with a big snap,which is different from the smaller gold snap on the older Nancy Ann doll I showed you the other day...

...or on the other doll today.

Underneath she has matching bloomers.

She has painted on shoes, and  I notice I didn't photograph the tag inside her dress.

Ah! She's scaring me!
The brunette just has plain muslin bloomers and underskirt.

...and painted on shoes.
 That Nellie Bird is a little cross eyed. Maybe that's what gives her the evil look. But she's not as bad straight on.

But I think I prefer the other girl.

That's it for today's dolls.

Stop looking at me!
We'll finish up the week with a couple more Nancy Anns tomorrow.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Doll-A-Day 2019 #233: Connie's Collection: Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls, Part 3

   Our last baby, George,leaves us today.Emma has found him a home. He'll have a couple of step siblings and a family who love orange cats. I feel very sad to see our last baby go,but I know he'll be better off in a home where he can be loved more exclusively:we have too many cats already. I am thankful all our babies found homes. Thanks to Ivy, Emma, and my sister for finding homes for SEVEN kittens! I'm glad I didn't have to take any of them to the cat rescue. They are no doubt overwhelmed as it is. Just a preachy note, please have your pets spayed or neutered.We never would have imagined in a million years that a cat could break into our basement and impregnate our unfixed girls. But, as Jeff Goldblum said, 'Life finds a way.' Yes, they were all beautiful, we enjoyed haivng them, and they all found homes. But so often cats end up homeless,and making more cats,who also are homeless. The world is never going to run out of cats. Don't worry. They're never ALL going to get 'fixed'.
   Today we're looking at somewhat larger Nancy Ann Storybook dolls.

I think this girl may be the April Showers Nancy Ann.

While the other dolls we've seen so far have been 5 and a half inches tall,these girls stand 6 inches tall.

One of today's dolls on the left,compared to the 5 and a half inch Alice Through the Looking Glass doll from a couple of days ago.

The April SHowers also has a smaller head,more in scale with her 6 inch body.

 April Showers is bisque,so undoubtedly from the 1930's/40's. If I didn't know that already,you can't mistake that look.

The second girl is plastic.

Unlike the later plastic Nancy Ann dolls, this one is almost indistinguishable from the bisque dolls. She doesn't have the scary looking sleep eyes those had,or the sometimes strange skin tone. 

April Showers has a taffeta sort of dress. Fabric experts, help me out here.

Under it she has a plain muslin slip and bloomers.
 The second doll has a sheer over skirt on her dress,covering a busy pattern on the underskirt.

You can barely see the patterned underskirt.

Ignore the fact that she needs her skirt pressed. My point here is that her sheer overskirt doesn't cover the underskirt all the way in the back. Maybe if it were pressed it would lay better.
Under all that she has bloomers that match the underskirt.

And her shoes are painted on,as are all Nancy Ann shoes.

She is one of the Nancy Ann's with a jointed neck,so she can turn her head.

April Showers doesn't have a neck joint.

April Showers is my favourite of the two. She has a prettier face,and better hair,although that may be due to it being in better shape. I do like the dress Second Girl has though.
 Tomorrow we'll look at a couple more Nancy Ann dolls that are different from these girls.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Doll-A-Day 2019 #232: Connie's Collection: Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls Part 2

  Yesterday we saw a couple of Alice Through the Looking Glass dolls,part of my friend Connie's Nancy Ann Storybook doll collection. Today we're going to look at more of that collection.
  This one is one of my favourites I got from the sale of Connie's dolls.

She stands 5 and a half inches tall.
I don't know what her name is.

I love her flowered dress.

It closes in the back with a gold snap. 

Underneath she has matching bloomers.

As with all Nancy Ann dolls, her shoes are painted on.

She has a cute bonnet too.

She gives off a little less attitude without the bonnet.
Early Nancy Anns were bisque,and later dolls were plastic. This is the bisque version.

All Nancy Anns have movable arms,but not all of them have movable legs. This doll does.

I was actually able to get her legs bent far enough for her to sit down.

Yesterday I told you all about the real 'Nancy Ann', Nancy Ann Abbott. Abbott's real name was Rowena C. Haskin.

Although Abbott was an actress who supposedly costarred in many westerns,she doesn't have an IMDB page. I can't tell you what any of her movies were.

That's the doll for today. See you again tomorrow for another one.