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Ginger-Type Dolls With Painted Feet

 
Photos: (Left) My collection, the rest are ebay listing photos. 
These dolls are unmarked, played with, and not in their original box. Thus, it is hard to say whether they are Midwestern Mary Jean, Grant Plastics Suzie, or the Admiration Dolls Ginger Spin-off.

Most Ginger spin-off dolls were made of cheap materials and used as promotions for various businesses. Others, like "Midwestern Mary Jean," were dolls in their own right. 

       
                                Photo courtesy of Bobbie Bird

Midwestern Mary Jean

THE MIDWESTERN DOLL COMPANY made Midwestern Mary Jean, using the Big-Eye Ginger mold and then painting the feet white to resemble shoes (even though the feet have clearly detailed toes):

Although mostly made from the Ginger mold, she has her own "Mary Jean" C-type arm hook - not the squared-off Ginger hook. She is reported to have come in both straight and bendable leg versions.   

Midwestern is mainly known as a producer of costume dolls, often also named Mary Jean

Admiration Doll Company

The Admiration Doll Company produced their painted-toe Ginger-type doll in Hong Kong. These are distinguishable from other Ginger spin-offs by the very lightweight hard plastic used, and by their muscle-y, "lumpy" arms, with the Ginger arm hook. Most had heavy eyebrows, and cheap, stapled-on clothes. 

Here's a doll with painted feet, but her coarse molding and less than delicate painted features do not seem consistent with other Midwestern Mary Jean types. She has the Ginger arm hook, so she may be the Admiration Doll.

Grant Plastics Suzie

Another Company making a Ginger-type doll with painted feet was Grant Plastics. They had a line of "Adorable Dress-Me Dolls" in a range of sizes. The 8-inch doll was named "Suzie." She was a heavy-browed big-eyed Ginger-type. These were sold at the end of the 1950's and early 1960's.

 

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