Friday, April 21, 2017

Tornado



Based on a 1939 design by Jeanne Lanvin, Tornado was released by Integrity in 2009.



Whether it is a slightly different sculpt or the face paint, I am not crazy about this Gene doll, but the outfit is pretty incredible with its intricate detailing.



Lanvin was a French haute couture fashion designer who founded the Lanvin fashion house and the beauty and perfume company Lanvin Perfumes. Oh, and have you seen the shoes on this one?!?



Gene, rubbing her hands in glee as she thinks about her next shoe purchase!



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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Shirley Temple 75th Anniversary Doll



To commemorate Shirley Temple's 75th Birthday in 2003, the Danbury Mint released this limited edition doll. The outfit was based on the first ensemble Shirley wears in the 1939 classic "The Little Princess." Faithful to the original, she carries her treasured doll.



Even the dress under her coat is an excellent replica of Shirley's original costume.



Rather than the cruddy synthetic wigs that they typically used, the Danbury Mint gave this doll a mohair wig (like the vintage Ideal composition dolls) AND glass eyes of hazel to match Shirley's real eye color.



Hands down this is my favorite Shirley Temple doll that the Danbury Mint released. Hoping that R. John Wright's upcoming Shirley doll surpasses this!

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Temple Tuesday: Shirley Holds Her Head



Here is a vintage shot of Shirley Temple at the Ideal Doll factory with Dr. Albert Miller, head chemist for Ideal Toy Company. I have to admit, this photo is just a tiny bit creepy with adult Shirley taking a look at vinyl childhood Shirley...without any hair. Still, I can't avoid zooming in for a closeup.



And a shot of the final product, once painted, dressed, and given a golden curly rooted synthetic hairdo.





NOTE: It was just brought to my attention that the doll head belongs to a baby doll; not the Shirley Temple 1950's vinyl doll I have posted photos of here. That's somewhat of a relief, as I couldn't quite see how that big creepy head could become a Shirley doll.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Temple Tuesday: Shirley and Abe



In the 1935 Shirley Temple film "The Littlest Rebel," there is a memorable scene where Shirley's character asks no less than President Abraham Lincoln to pardon her father. It is an extremely moving sequence, and the actor who portrayed Abe could not have done a better job. From the December 17, 1935 publicity blurb:

"SWEET AND SINCERE, ALWAYS" - Frank McGlynn, in his first appearance on the set of "The Littlest Rebel" at 20th Century-Fox, was received by Shirley Temple, who requested his signature in her famous autograph book. In character as Abraham Lincoln, which he is playing in Darryl F. Zanuck's production of Civil War romance, McGlynn returned the little star's greeting and wrote in her book: "To Shirley Temple, sweet and sincere, always." McGlynn appeared with her before in "Little Miss Marker."




The Danbury Mint released a tiny doll, only 8" high, wearing the same outfit Shirley wore in the movie.



I'd say they did a pretty good job in the accuracy department, wouldn't you?



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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Treasured Composition



When it comes to collecting vintage dolls, few are coveted or treasured as much as the original Ideal composition Shirley Temple dolls. Even more difficult is finding one still in good shape; typically the eyes have clouded, the composition crazes/cracks, and the outfits are moth-eaten and faded. Somehow I lucked out in acquiring this rare gem. I am guessing that the hair and waist ribbons have been replaced, but the rest is in its glorious original condition.



How about that tag?



Just for comparison, here is a Danbury Mint porcelain reproduction of the Ideal original. I replaced the horrid synthetic wig with a mohair one. Still cute, but lacks the charm of the original.



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