Thursday, September 21, 2017

Doll-A-Day 2017 #264: Duchess Doll

  Today's doll is quite old,but looking good for her age.

She's a Duchess Doll Company  doll,according to the paper that was with her when I got her.

She's 8" tall.

The paper also said she was from 1949.

Her outfit looks a little risque' for 1949.

The doll herself is  like the common 'dress me' dolls sold in craft stores for so long. I think you can even still get them.

The have strung arms and head and a solid torso/legs body that doesn't allow them to sit.

And molded and painted shoes.

Alot of this type of doll were sold as fancy dolls which were usually for displaying,not playing with.

That accounts for why her dress is made to be displayed standing straight up behind her head.

 It displayed the dress too,and since she was not being taken down from her displayed position, her revealed backside would be a secret.

The cheesecloth slip is starched this way.
The dolls came in boxes that presented them with the dress flattened out out behind their heads.

Common as this doll of doll is, I think this one is especially pretty.

She has very blushy cheeks and bright blue sleep eyes.

She has a really pretty dress fabric too.

I've run across alot of these dolls, but I pass on most of them. I'm not sure I even bought this girl on purpose.She may have come in an auction lot. But I chose to keep her.

Tomorrow we'll look at another doll. See you then.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Doll-A-Day 2017 #263:Starlight Girls Ashley

  Today's doll's condition is a bit rough, but I had never seen one before. Ii thought those of you who hadn't either might be interested. She's this girl.

Her name is Ashley.

She's one of the Starlight Girls.

They were made in 1987, as if you can't tell from this picture!

They were made by Hasbro.

There were three Starlight Girls: Ashley, Krissie, and Ba Nee.

The other Starlight Girls, Krissie ,and Ba Nee,with Ashley.

The Starlight Girls were part of the Jem line. The girls were the foster kids of Jerrica Benson,otherwise known as Jem.

Unlike Jem and friends,who are pretty large,The Starlight Girls are only 11" tall.

They have click bend knees and twist waists.  
And very pronounced belly buttons, years before the controversy over Barbie's belly button.
She also has  pronounced neck bones.

Ashley has a fair amount of damage to her face, but I had never seen or heard of her before I found this girl at Goodwill last week. I thought maybe there might be others who hadn't heard of her, who might find her interesting.

When I found her I thought she resmsebled the Jem dolls,or maybe she might have even been Maxie's younger sister,(Even though I don't think Maxie had a sister,but Ashley is slightly shorter than Maxie.). Both Jem and Maxie are by Hasbro, so I guess there's a 'family'  resemblance.

You can see a good page with lots of information on the Jem line  HERE.

In spite of her damages, she has a cute little face. It's too bad that, from the looks of her, she has been chewed, .

See  you tomorrow for another doll.

Doll-A-Day 2017 $262: Newborn Baby So Beautiful.

  Some of you may have read that Ken and I took a trip to Canada for our 28th anniversary. We had a very nice time. We took it very leisurely,stopping at anything we saw that interested us. On the way to Canada I was good and even though we passed several antique malls, I only stopped at one!

I bought a $2 bag that contained these doll clothes.

A Dawn dress and hanger...

The rattle and pink and white outfit are Susie Cute. Anybody recognize the other?

This cape looks familiar. Anybody?
These Crissy shoes,still wet from a wash,were also in the bag. The Ken Masquerade mask was $1.
  We stayed at a nice bed and breakfast.

We hadn't managed to book anything,and luckily they had a no-show.

We toured a historic house that was across the street from the bed and breakfast where we stayed.

We stopped to photograph some egrets on a couple of ponds and sat and watched one hunt for a while.


We found a British shop, where we stocked up on some of our favourite British foods.

 We went to a little junk/antique store, where Ken found me a Kate Bush bootleg album.

We sat and ate lunch at a wildlife refuge.

 We did some shopping. Dollarama had these great mini trash cans for keeping in your car.

The flap is spring loaded.
I used to love the Coffee Crisp candy bars we got in Kentucky on vacation when I was a kid. I don't like coffee flavoured ANYTHING except Coffee Crisp. You can get them here at World Market if you want to pay a fortune for them. But they are cheap in Canada. And this trip we discovered that apparently,Coffee Crisp is pretty popular,because they make Coffee Crisp EVERYTHING.

And I got it!
I even had a Coffee Crisp frozen yogurt at the place a couple doors down from our bed and breakfast.

We stopped at some Canadian yard sales. At one  I got this beautiful antique corner shelf for $5!

At another one we enjoyed a visit with a lady and spent some time watching her chickens,ducks, geese, and turkeys. (The pig,goats, and the cow were hiding!)I bought today's doll from her. She's Newborn Baby So Beautiful.

Newborn Baby So Beautiful was made by Playmates in 1996.

They have inset eyes and 'real' eyelashes.

She was designed by J Shackleford.

The gimmick of these dolls was that they were all supposed to be different, with different combinations of hair colour,style, eye colour,and clothing.

This is her original outfit.

That accounts for the BSB.

Baby So Beautiful has hair that tends to be a bit crispy.

She's about 12" long. She's not made to stand, but then, she is a baby.

There were also the original Baby So Beautiful dolls, which were not 'newborn',and measured 14" tall. They looked more like toddlers, or even older kids than that. I actually found a red haired one, along with a red haired Tressy with a chopped place on the side of her hair,at the antique store where we got the Kate Bush album. I actually brought them to the counter, but they turned out to be $8 and $12, respectively,so I passed.

 You can see a commercial for Newborn baby So Beautiful HERE.

That's it for today. Come back tomorrow when we'll look at another doll.