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UNEEDA  

Uneeda made an 8-inch vinyl-head walker, sometimes called Janie:


Photos: my collection

 
Photos: EBay listings

Uneeda Characteristics:

  • 8 inches tall
  • large navel
  • fingers 2&3 fused on right hand, fused to middle knuckle on left;
  • molded lashes, painted brow 
    OR
    painted lashes with 3 lines at end of eyes
  • stubby nose
  • wide stance; legs attached in such a way as to create wide hips
  • feet plain, un-detailed in front - no toes or molded-on shoes, but:
  • back of foot looks like shoe seam
  • Vinyl head - marked "U" on the back
      

 
Photos from EBay listings

The vinyl head has "U" stamped into it at the base in back. She has un-detailed feet - no toes, no molded-on shoes.

 Photos from EBay listings
These dolls were made for the Girl Scouts of America in the late 1950's- early 1960's.

Uneeda is mainly known for their larger dolls. For more about these, try Zendelle Bouchard's Fashion Doll Website

THESE ARE DOLLS WITH ALL UNEEDA CHARACTERISTICS EXCEPT THE HEAD:


photo from my collection
These two dolls meet all the tests for Uneeda but one: they have hard plastic heads. Elite VICKI-LEE is one doll that looks like this. Another is an A&H Gigi. Other small companies, including Unique and others, also marketed these dolls. Since these are no longer connected to their original box, and they are unmarked, one can't say for sure who they are. 

UNEEDA is best known for their larger dolls. Uneeda began making unusual, collectible dolls back in 1920 and has continued into modern times. Their 1950's sensation was Dollikins, a fully jointed (elbows, wrists, knees and ankles, as well as shoulders and hips) 19-inch fashion doll with pierced ears and fingernail polish. Others include Needa Toddles, a 22 inch doll with hard plastic head and vinyl body - made in 1951, it has to be one of the earliest vinyls! 

There were variations on the fully-jointed Dollikins idea, including 18-inch "Magic Fairy Princess," as well as many other types of dolls.

 

 

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