As I promised last week here are some new photos of my Posie Walker.
Just to give a little background on these dolls they were made at around the same time as Ideal’s popular Saucy Walker. The main difference between Saucy and Posie is that Posie has knee joints which allow her to kneel. In fact in a lot of articles I’ve read Posie is not referred to by name but merely as a bend leg Saucy Walker. Ideal referred to Posie Walker as “The doll with 100 poses” A bit of an exaggeration which you certainly would not get away with today. Here is a close up of Posie’s knees.
Here is what Doll Reference.com has to say:
1951-1957 Ideal Saucy Walker doll, 16″ or 22″ tall, all hard plastic, walker type doll with a pin jointed body and a grill in her tummy (with or without crier), wig, sleep eyes, open mouth with two teeth or closed mouth, some dolls have bent knees, too and the Saucy Walker doll came in a black version, doll marked: Ideal Doll W16 or Ideal Doll W22 based on the dolls height. Saucy Walker dolls were also available through Sears. In 1954 Ideal made a 25″ tall doll that was called Saucy Walker’s Big Sister doll, doll marked Ideal Doll W25, the Big Sister doll looks very similar to Saucy Walker just larger, was a mail-in premium from the Chicago Daily Tribune.
The early all hard plastic Saucy Walkers remind me more than a bit of Pedigree’s hard plastic walkers of the same era. I wonder if this was a coincidence? These early Saucy Walkers had flirty eyes, open mouths with teeth and wigs. So does Marilyn my Pedigree Walker.
In 1954 Ideal began producing Posie Walker with a vinyl head with rooted and a hard plastic body.These dolls have closed mouth’s. This is how I know that my Posie was made in 1954 or later.
I found that this rocking chair was just the right size for her to sit in properly. Her dress is not original and probably home-made but it suits her very well. I will try to get her some socks and shoes to go with it. Underneath she has what looks like her original underwear.
Ideal and Pedigree Comparison
Compare the dolls in the following links. One is an Ideal Saucy Walker, the other an English Pedigree. Both dolls were made in various heights so just look at the faces. The main difference I can see is that the Ideal doll has her crier in the front and the Pedigree in the back. Some sellers refer to the Pedigrees as English Saucy Walkers but I have not read anywhere that they were manufactured under licence. Nevertheless it would not surprise me if the two companies had a similar arrangement to the one they made over Tammy and Sindy a decade later.
The Pedigree bend leg walkers seem to command much higher prices too. I’m not sure why but in the UK and Australia and probably New Zealand as well Pedigree is a sought after brand as so many of us had Pedigree dolls as children.
Here is a link to a Pedigree bend leg on eBay UK.