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Creator Tabbers, Henry, (Mr.)
Title doll
Published Vancouver : Museum of Vancouver
Identifier 69390
Language English
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Contributor Museum of Vancouver
Description In the 20th century, the United States led the world in the production of dolls made from such materials as composition, celluloid, and plastic. Composition, which is derived from wood or paper pulp, was an inexpensive alternative to bisque. American firms manufactured a variety of dolls using this substance, the most popular of which was the Shirley Temple doll made by the Ideal Novelty & Toy Co. of Brooklyn. Celluloid dolls became popular during the early decades of the century. Celluloid, a material made from cellulose nitrates and camphor, was lightweight, 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, dollmakers 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. Barbie, the most commercially successful doll of all time, is made of vinyl as are many of today's toys. This unmarked doll was probably manufactured in the United States or Canada around 1940. Made entirely from composition, she has a socket head and is jointed at the shoulders and hips. Her sleeping eyes with real eyelashes are an unusual amber colour and she has a closed mouth and an ash blond mohair wig. These are the clothes she was wearing when she was bought in Vancouver during the 1940s.
<div class="field-item field-item-0">a blonde doll with sleeping eyes (amber coloured);wearing a white and red dress;yellow hair clip;dress has an over skirt in front and net lining;doll is unmarked</div><div class="field-item field-item-1">A)DOLL;B)DRESS;C)HAIR CLIP</div>
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