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Creator Sullivan, Shirley, (Mrs.)
Title doll
Published Vancouver : Museum of Vancouver
Identifier 69067
Language English
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Contributor Museum of Vancouver
Description In the 20th century, dolls made from such materials as composition, celluloid, and plastic replaced dolls made from bisque. Composition, which is derived from wood or paper pulp, was an inexpensive alternative to bisque. Celluloid dolls became popular during the early decades of the century. Celluloid, a material made from cellulose nitrates and camphor, was light-weight, inexpensive, and easy to mould. Unfortunately, it was also highly flammable and was phased out when other forms of plastic were developed during World War II. After the war, doll makers produced dolls of hard plastic. Durable and economical, plastic dolls could be easily mass produced, but were inflexible. In the 1950s, vinyl, a pliable form of plastic, replaced the older material. This ballerina doll from the 1950s was probably made in the United States or Canada. She bears the marks "E 16 V W". Her head is made of soft plastic; her body, of hard plastic. As befits a dancer, she is very flexible, with joints at the ankles, knees, hips, waist, and shoulders. She has sleeping blue glass eyes, painted lips and eyebrows, and rooted saran hair. Her costume and ballet slippers are original.
<div class="field-item field-item-0">a)ballerina doll;soft plastic head, ash blonde saran hair in bangs and short ponytail; moveable lids, blue glass eyes, painted lips and eyebrow;plastic body; moveable arms, torso swivels at waist; moveable legs which bend at knees and ankles; b)pink strapless dress; fitted bodice, back closure, top edged with 5.0 cm wide white lace; short full skirt gathered into waist; white lace bow on left front; c)one pair of grey synthetic panties, gathered waist and leg holes; d-e)two pink knit stockings; f-g)one pair of pink rubber ballet slippers, with pink ribbon ties; h)one circular pink head band, edged with white lace, gathered into elastic head strap</div><div class="field-item field-item-1">a) doll; b) dress; c) panties; d-e) stocking; f-g) slipper; h) headband</div>
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