This page is to show some of the baby dolls in my collection. Most of them are hard plastic dolls from the early 1960s. Some I know the manufacturers of, some I still need to research some more. Most of them came from Recycle (Tip) Shops,Op Shops or eBay. Some were found by my sister who is very good at spotting interesting dolls even though she doesn’t collect them herself.
My First Big Baby Doll
First of all comes Theresa, she is a twenty inch unmarked baby doll with a hard plastic head, a soft plastic body and arms made of a thicker rubbery material. Theresa has blue sleep eyes and had hard plastic eyelashes, mostly gone now. she has an open mouth with a couple of tiny teeth and a little pink tongue which is attached to her eyes. She has molded hair which has been painted brown. Theresa is not in perfect condition and one day she will make the trip back to Adelaide to go to hospital.
Made in Hong Kong
Christopher II was bought to replace my childhood doll which I gave away when I was in my early teens. Christopher is a twenty inch baby doll by the Kader company and was made in Hong Kong. This type of doll was made in many sizes and the largest ones were sometimes found as mannequins in shops selling baby clothes.
Like Theresa he has a hard plastic head and a soft plastic body, sleep eyes and molded hair. His arms are the same plastic as his body and legs and he has jointed hands so that they can be turned. This seems to be a feature of the larger Kader babies. These dolls were not anatomically correct and a lot of them came dressed as girls. In fact my original one came in a pink onesie but as I already had a girl baby I made him a boy. Christopher II also arrived in a dress but as the Kader dolls are not what you could call pretty they often look better as boys. I knitted Christopher’s outfit myself.
Kader, which started operating in Hong Kong in 1948 made dolls which were sent all over the world. This was back when Hong Kong was a British Crown Colony. Another well-known doll making company in Hong Kong was Evergreen but there were numerous others making dolls for overseas companies just as China does today.
Next is a small doll who has no markings but was probably made in Hong Kong and another, dressed as a boy who is marked “Made in Hong Kong”.
Up next is Stevie who is also a twenty inch baby doll. I think Stevie looks like an Evergreen doll. Stevie arrived wearing a safari suit which I felt was a bit too 1970s for him but it did inspire me to name him Stevie after Steve Irwin.
Margaret is another twenty inch (50cm) baby doll. The red outfit she is wearing arrived with Christopher II but as she is a young lady from Canada I felt that the red with white trim was appropriate for her. Margaret was made by the Reliable company who also made dolls under licence for Ideal during the 1960s. I have several Canadian Tammy dolls who will appear on another page.
I do have a few other baby dolls including the more recent Netta babies featured on another page, Baby Born, Baby So Beautiful and one or two others and I will write about on another page.