Archive for the "Composition Dolls" Category


So, life hasn’t slowed down for me at all!  The past few weeks have been some of the most hectic and stressful of my life.  I promise to get back into a better blogging pattern soon though!  Sharing about toys is just too much fun!

I have another one-of-a-kind snapshot for you today!  I purchased this precious image of a Depression-era girl with her Shirley Temple doll recently.  Looks like she’s have a wonderful day of play!  With all of the snow we’ve been having up North, I’d sure like to trade places with the sunny setting in the snapshot!

Here is another wonderful item I picked up when I was in Pennsylvania over the holidays!  She is a 20″ tall composition beauty dating from the 1940’s and made by the Arranbee firm! 

I believe she is a Nancy Lee model from the late 1940’s or early 1950’s.  I love her elaborate Spanish-inspired costume with its shawl and full dress. 

The Arranbee Doll Company has an interesting history – one that is intertwined with some other well-known doll companies including Vogue Dolls, the maker of Ginny.  According to

Arranbee Doll Company (R & B) was located in New York, made bisque, composition, rubber, hard plastic and vinyl dolls. They were a well known USA doll manufacturer who in their early years imported dolls and parts to be assembled in the USA, some of their bisque doll heads were made by Armand Marseille and Simon & Halbig, but later they produced their own high quality dolls.   Arranbee also has a history with the Vogue doll company.  As early as 1927 Vogue purchased dolls from R & B to redress and sell as their own.  One of these was the Dora doll who is 11″ and used the Debu’Teen head mold, also the Sportswoman doll series 14 or 17″ tall, both dolls are all composition.

In 1959 Arranbee was bought by the Vogue Doll Company who continued to use the R & B marking until early 1961.

If you’re interested in purchasing this stunning doll, she is currently for sale on EBay!  Check out the link to my auctions at the top of the page!

I’m back to work today after the long holiday weekend and it looks like this little gal is too! She’s working on cleaning the laundry that piled up over the Thanksgiving holiday! Much like my Siamese, her tabby cat is trying to help but is actually getting in the way!

I found this doll in an antique store in Waltham, MA. She is a 1940’s composition beauty! She is unmarked besides a number “13″ on her back but looks a lot like an Arranbee doll. If you’d like to have her to come and live with you and do *your* laundry, she’s for sale on EBay! Click on the link to my auctions at the top of this page.


What a treat!  It’s so difficult to find vintage dolls in immaculate condition with their original box.  This Effanbee “Little Lady” doll is a rarity because of her pristine state!

According to the website

Effanbee stands for the initals of the two original owners of the company, Bernard Fleishaker and Hugo Baum (sometimes marked F & B).  The company began in New York City in1910.  I personally think that Effanbee had some of the most beautiful dolls of the very highest quality of the day.  Some of the most popular Effanbee dolls were the Patsy doll family, Dy-Dee Baby, the Historical Series (dolls dresses in elaborate costumes depicting America’s early history),  the Ann Shirley/Little Lady and the hard plastic Honey.

Little Lady was introduced in the late 1930s and was popular throughout the 1940s.   The doll came in various sizes from 15″ up to a very rare 27″.  Most had human hair wigs with blue or brown sleep eyes.  They were frequently featured in the Wards Christmas catalogs along with other fine Effanbee dolls.

A Little Lady doll must have been a real treasure for a little girl back in the 40s.  Most are dressed very elaborately in exquisite ball gowns or fancy dresses and pegnoir sets.  She usually represented a grown up girl as opposed to the more common toddlers. and little girl dolls that were on the market during the same era.   Many times you see them for sale as an Ann Shirley doll but they were probably originally marketed as “Little Lady”.  The earlier dolls are marked on the back Effanbee//Anne Shirley, the later dolls tended to be marked with only “Effanbee”. They were made of the finest composition with arms of hard rubber which allowed for beautifully formed hands.  The majority of the dolls had hands with separated fingers, which was a unique design by Dewees Cochran (Effanbee’s American Child).  Each finger was separate of each other to be able to accommodate gloves.  A few specially designed dolls had magnets embedded in their palms which would allow them to hold small metal objects such as the American flag, a kitchen utensil, etc.  One thing I have noticed about Effanbee composition dolls is that it is not uncommon to see cracks in the compostion around the eyes.  One must be careful to protect these dolls from extreme temperatures in order to preserve their beauty.

This beauty is FOR SALE! Please contact me for details!