Let’s Hear It For The Boys


Today I’d like to share with you some of the baby boy dolls in my collection. I have several now, some are vintage and some are modern although when I say modern I mean later than the 1980s. I still can’t get over people listing “vintage” dolls on eBay that are from the eighties, nineties or later. If that is vintage what does it make me? If I were an eBay item I would be listed as “vintage mid-century” I think.  To me vintage and antique are pre 1960s. I guess that means I still qualify :(.

Anyway on to the dolls.

The oldest dolls I have are Christopher who is a twenty inch (50cm) baby doll by OK Kader of Hong Kong , Mark, Marcus and Stevie.

Christopher is a replacement for an identical doll I had as a child. In the early sixties dolls were not gender specific so I have no idea if the original Christopher was meant to be a boy or a girl. In fact I am sure he wasn’t as my sister and I had identical dolls and hers came in a blue jumpsuit and mine in a pink one. I already had a girl baby doll though and I thought that this one looked more like a boy so he became Christopher. My replacement doll arrived wearing a dress and bonnet which were promptly reassigned to another doll and he became Christopher II. I knitted his outfit so there would be no doubt that he was a boy. I have to say that the Kader dolls are not the prettiest dolls of that era but Christopher was a part of my childhood.

Mark is a smaller doll and is just marked “Made in Hong Kong”. Marcus is even smaller and is marked with a diamond with some lettering inside and the words “Made in Hong Kong”. He is currently on the waiting list for an outfit.

The Pram Set
Christopher’s Pram Set made in 8 ply wool.

 

Christopher II
Christopher II
Mark was made in Hong Kong
Mark was made in Hong Kong
Marcus made in Hong Kong
Marcus made in Hong Kong
Mark and Marcus, the little denim dog was made by my mum years ago.
Mark and Marcus, the little denim dog was made by my mum years ago.

Now, Stevie; he was bought when I started to collect dolls and is a vinyl doll that I am guessing was made in the 1960s or possibly 70s. He has markings on the back of his neck but they are hard to read. When Stevie arrived he was wearing a safari suit. I didn’t think it suited him so I gave him a different outfit but I christened him Stevie, after Steve Irwin, “The Crocodile Hunter” because of it. Stevie is still a Wildlife Warrior as you can see. One of his eyes is slightly dodgy and won’t stay open all the time as you can see in the second picture.

Stevie in his safari suit.
Stevie in his safari suit.
Stevie, Wildlife Warrior
Stevie, Wildlife Warrior

Next are my Netta boys. Jimmy J, Bobby and Wills. Jimmy J was my first big Netta. I wrote about him in my post “The Baby in the Bag and Other Stories”

Bobby came later and then Wills. I had wanted a rooted hair Netta toddler for some time before I managed to get him. The teddy bear was made by me.

Toddler doll with rooted hair.
Toddler doll with rooted hair.
JJ my first Netta baby.
Jimmy J my first Netta baby.
Netta boys
Two of my Netta boys, Bobby the baby; and the toddler with rooted hair is Wills.

Next is Ronnie. I bought him at a toy fair back in Adelaide some time in the 1990s. I don’t know anything about him. I just think he has the cutest expression.

image vinyl baby doll
Ronnie and Woody
Ronnie and Woody.
Ronnie and Woody.

The last baby today is this gorgeous boy who for some reason I never got around to naming. Any  suggestions. He has a cloth body and vinyl head and limbs and is made by Berenguer so perhaps he should have a Spanish name. Again, I don’t know if this one was meant to be a boy but to me he is.

My Berenguer baby boy.
My Berenguer baby boy.
What a darling this one is.
What a darling this one is.

So that’s my boys, the babies anyway. I hope you have enjoyed meeting them all.

 

 

 

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