Doll Gallery: Hard Plastic
When plastic was invented, it was a doll manufacturer's
dream, because now dolls could be dropped and bathed without coming to harm.
The first plastic dolls were hard and shiny - and some of these early ones are
victims of 'doll disease' which is a breaking-down of the plastic.|
This is Juliet, a small Pedigree
doll with distinctive 'starfish' hands. She is 7" tall with blue sleep eyes and a brown mohair wig. She
wears a lemon net ballet skirt over white pants and top. Her shoes and socks are painted onto her
feet, and she wears flowers in her hair.
Gloria is made by the firm of BND, which stands for British
National Dolls, and dates from the early 1950s. She is a walker, with sturdy limbs and an open
mouth. Her long fair wig is a replacement. Gloria is dressed in blue gingham, with white knickers, long
socks and blue plastic ribbon-tied shoes. BND was a North London company who made dolls from
1930 - 1960. For more information on this company, and other British manufacturers of hard plastic
dolls, see Frances Baird's book 'British Hard Plastic Dolls of the 1940s and 1950s', published in 1998
by New Cavendish Books.
||This hard plastic teen doll, Anita, is marked British Empire Hong Kong
6120. Made around 1957, she stands 12" high, and has elegantly shaped hands with red finger-nails.
Her short mohair wig is ginger, and she has plastic flower earrings. She wears a circular black skirt,
white cotton-lace blouse and scarlet bandana belt over nylon stockings, bra, pants and slip. On her
arched feet are dainty white high-heeled sandals.
Click here to see last issue's Hard Plastic Gallery.