Doll making is a long standing tradition that takes place all over the world. The appeal and joy of playing with dolls as a little girl and collecting them is phenomenal. The doll industry would not be what it is today without the success and impact of the first doll making companies.
The , also known as the American Doll and Toy Corporation was one of the first American enterprises that produced dolls for young girls across the nation. They began with composition dolls and later evolved to plastic and vinyl ones. The company was founded in 1919, right when the production of toys and dolls was at its peak in the United States.
The American Character Doll Co. introduced their first Mama Dolls and Character Dolls. Production started in 1923 and lasted till the 1930s. They called these dolls Petite Babies. Petite Baby dolls were anywhere from 16 to 24 inches tall. They were composition dolls with a cloth body and either molded hair or wigged hair. The company was also one of the firsts to incorporate sleep eyes on their dolls.
Meet Campbell Kid
At 12 inches tall, the Campbell Kid was introduced to the market in 1928. She was completely composition with molded hair, painted eyes and an adorable face. This doll was designed by Grace Drayton and was part of the line of Petite Babies.
To accompany Campbell Kid, the American Character Doll Co. created Puggy, another 12 inch doll. Puggy was also a composition doll with a frowning face, beady eyes and short molded hair. Puggy was another Petite Babies doll and was also known as Pudgy.
Sally was a 1930s doll that was slightly taller than Puggy and Campbell Kid. She was all composition with wigged hair, sleep eyes and all original clothing. Sally came with a full on set of clothes that could be changed.
The production of dolls became more sophisticated over the years and the American Character Doll Co. began producing dolls with plastic heads, rubber bodies, or soft vinyl bodies with molded hair. These dolls were known as Tiny Tears. During the 1950s and through the 60s, the American Character Doll Co. began producing dolls based on famous characters such as Alice in Wonderland, Annie Oakley Lucille Ball-Arnez and Ricky Arnez Jr. The company continued the tradition of making dolls fit for the generation all the way till the late 1960s. Today, these dolls are valuable collectibles prized by folks all over the nation.