Miriam makeba doll

Friday, December 27, 2013

1950s Pedigree doll named "squinty" by NZ doll collectors


This is the example of a New Zealand unmarked Pedigree doll which was very popular in the late 1950s and   throughout the 1960s.    The NZ Collectors named it the “Pedigree squinty doll”, and some of them are very passionate about collecting them.

This type of NZ Pedigree doll has been influenced by the  German dolls made in the late 1950s. An example is  the doll named  ‘Red Heads Charlot Byi Byj’  in 1957 the doll was copyrighted and made in Germany by the W. Goebel. The Charlot Byi Byj doll  is one of the dolls that have been as influential
on the production of the NZ pedigree “squinty” dolls.

An example of how popular this doll was in NZ the illustrated cover page of the Aotea knitting pattern booklet published in Dunedin in the1960s.  In this picture we see the New Zealand Pedigree so called “squinty” doll. 

Here are 2 dolls from our museum, height 40 cm.  

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Pearly king and queen dolls made by Almar Dolls in England in 1979


This is an example of the Almar Dolls made in England in 1979. Height 18 cm. Marked at the back: Almar Dolls Made in England.