This particular Pearl doll was made by Horsman, and is all original.
|When I got Pearl out to photograph her she had developed a cloudy eye. Her eyes are plastic,and the cloudiness isn't on the surface,so I don't know what the problem is.|
Poor Pitiful Pearl was made Tristar in 1955 and by The Brookglad Corporation in 1958.
I have even seen photos of a mask faced, cloth body version of Pearl,(or at least a Pearl rip off.),described as a late 1940's doll from Poland.
In 1963 she began to be made by Horsman. That's who made my doll.
|In a box like this. 'Make her neat and pretty'. There was also a set that came with a pink party dress for Pearl.|
Pearl was supposed to be a poor girl. She has a patch on her dress.
She's all vinyl,and has sleep eyes with 'real' lashes.
Pearl has long,rooted hair with bangs.
|The tape goes all the way around her head. I'm not sure if it's original, but I'm almost afraid to remove it.|
She has the standard articulation: neck,shoulders,and hips.
The Horsman Pearl came in two sizes, 12" and 17". My girl is 17" tall.
Pearl was remade in 1973, but apparently those dolls have the 1963 markings. I suspect mine my be one of those.
|Her clothes are leaving dust all over her. I think the age is getting to them.|
|She's marked on the back of her head too, but I couldn't get it to show up.|
Pearl was the creation of author and illustrator William Steig.
Steig was best known for his New Yorker covers...
...and the children's books Sylvester and the Magic Pebble...
...and The Amazing Bone...
..until one of his children's books was made into a movie in 2001...
|And the rest is history!|
The Horsman Pearl is from the same era as Little Miss No Name.
In fact, a while back I had to convince my friend Lori that the doll she had as a kid was Little Miss No Name, and NOT Poor Pitiful Pearl, as she always thought. She may have called it Poor Pitiful Pearl, but the burlap dress and plastic tear gave her away.
|I got this girl at a yard sale for a quarter. I lost my tear when I took my LMNN, with her detachable tear, to school in first grade,even though Mom told me not to, because I would lose it. Umm... You can see and read about my LMNN HERE.|
|She's supposed to have her right sock falling down,but it has been up for so many years it didn't want to go. I was afraid of ruining that old elastic by forcing it.|
Not as much as I wanted my Little Miss No Name, but she still would have drawn me to her because she looked like she needed love.
While researching for this post I came across this picture on Pintrest:
|The scarf was made for her and was not original.|
The picture was pinned from Worthpoint, and they got it from an old Ebay auction. Their auction said they had seen a doll just like theirs on Ebayearlier, being sold as Pearl's cousin. They called her 'Poor Pitiful Suzie'. She is supposed to be 17" tall and have a stuffed vinyl body.
|Looks like a Magic Skin body. Did they even make Pearl dolls like this?|
Anybody know anything about these dolls?
To close on a serious note, any prayers,good vibes, or positive energy, or whatever you believe in that could be sent out for our niece in law Carly would be deeply appreciated. Carly and her husband,our nephew Chris are only 30 years old, and have been together since they were 15. Recently we learned that Carly is battling cancer. Today she updated her prognosis, and things,although not impossible, don't look good. Any and all positivity coming Carly's way couldn't hurt. For those of you who think it inappropriate for me to stick this serious message on the end of a doll post instead of giving it a separate post of it's own: to be quite blunt,more people will read this one.
See you tomorrow.