Girl Dolls – post WWII in Composition & Hard Plastic

Girl doll, (fashion type) appears  in the 1940’s with  composition dolls became more shapely to represent girls, rather than young children.  Featuring a more hour-glass shape with small breasts, these dolls were the pre-curser to the Barbie generation.  Beginning as composition dolls, styles evolved with the advent of hard plastic rotational molding, blow molding and compression molding to further evolve to vinyl versions.

Composition girl dolls were developed by Madam Alexander, Ideal, Horsman, R & A (Arranbee) and others as  girl dolls with expansive wardrobes ranging from cotton play doll clothes to elaborate satins and taffeta with accessories such as  doll shoes, purses and hats.  Close on the heels of composition girl dolls was the period of  hard plastic dolls (1946-1957), considered a pre-eminent period for some of the finest elegant fashion dolls to date by American manufactures.  In the mid 1950’s American Character, Arranbee and Madam Alexander Doll companies  formed a consortium  and bought a model plastics company which made parts for all three  doll companies.  This is why many of the dolls of this period look very similar and are often hard to identify then they are not marked since they all came from the same molds.   Madam Alexander dolls were known for their exceptional clothing, while the other dolls with extensive wardrobes, the Toni and Sweet Sue were more affordable to the average consumer.

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