1947 Pre Sweet Sue doll, 18"
doll is unmarked
American Character company used the trade names Aceedeecee
and ACDC, they made
dolls of composition and later hard plastic and vinyl. Also later
(1961) the name American Doll & Toy Company was sometimes used.
In 1923 American Character trademarked the name
Petite used on their early mama and character dolls. Best known for the 1928 composition dolls; Campbell
Kids, Puggy and Sally dolls, later noted dolls were the Tiny Tears and Betsy McCall dolls.
American Character dolls were well made and
had good quality costumes. American Character went out of business in
1968, doll molds were sold to Ideal; Tiny Tears, Tressy and the grow
hair feature was used in Ideal's Crissy & family dolls.
Antique - Vintage American Character Dolls
American Character Mama dolls or Petite Babies dolls, 12, 16, 17,
20, 22, 24" tall, composition and cloth body molded hair or wigged, with sleep eyes, open or closed mouth, marked:
Amer. Char Doll Co, Petite, American Character, AC
or Wonder Baby.
The 1922 12" size Baby Petite Mama doll, might have a voice box
inside the head.
1930 Petite Mama
1925 American Character Baby Petite, 11-15" tall, Bye-Lo or Tynie Baby look a like,
composition flange head, lightly molded painted hair, painted or sleep eyes,
closed mouth, composition arms and straight lower legs, cloth stuffed body and upper
legs. Doll mark Baby Petite.
1925 Baby Petite doll, 11-15"
1925 American Character Teenie Weenie doll, 11" tall, Bye-Lo or Tynie Baby look a like,
composition flange head and lower arms, cloth stuffed body, upper arms and
legs, composition head with lightly molded hair, sleep eyes, closed mouth.
Doll mark Teenie Weenie.
Baby Petite and Teenie Weenie dolls are same head molds
with slightly different bodies, however with the name clearly marked on the
neck, makes it easy to know the difference between them.
1925 Teenie Weenie doll, 11"
American Character Bottletot doll,
14" tall, Composition shoulder head, composition arms (her right hand is posed
to hold a bottle) and cloth body with jointed cloth legs, blue tin sleep eyes,
painted upper and lower lashes, painted molded hair and an open mouth, doll marked
on back: Petite, America's Wonder Baby Dolls, tagged romper marked:
BOTTLETOT, Reg US Pat
Off, A Petite Doll. There are also dolls named Happy Tot
doll, Marvel Tot doll and Toddle Tot doll - note, not all of these dolls have the right hand for holding a bottle.
1920s Bottletot doll, 14"
American Character Happy Tot doll, 13-20" tall, composition shoulder head to below under arms, composition arms and straight legs or all cloth bent legs or partial composition lower legs cloth upper bent legs, cloth body, molded painted blonde hair, tin blue sleep eyes, open smiling mouth but no teeth,
doll marked on back shoulder plate; Petite, American Character Doll. This head mold was also used for the Aviation Kid doll below.
1927 Happy Tot doll, 20"
American Character Lucky Aviation Kid doll, 14" tall, Charles Lindbergh, see above right photo, uses the Happy Tot head mold, composition shoulder head to below under arms, composition arms and legs, cloth body, molded painted blonde hair, tin blue sleep eyes, open smiling mouth but no teeth, wears a brown aviator suit and flight cap, small red, white and blue "Spirit of St. Louis" model plane ribbon, white socks and brown shoes,
doll marked on back shoulder plate; Petite, American Character Doll.
see above face photo
1927 Lucky Aviation Kid doll, 14" Charles Lindbergh
American Character Campbell Kid doll,12" tall, all composition, molded short painted hair, painted side glancing eyes, designed by Grace G. Drayton, sometimes called Dolly Dingle after the paper dolls also designed by Grace Gebbie
Wiederseim Drayton, doll marked:
A Petite Doll.
E. I Horsman was also making the Campbell Kids dolls from 1910-1948.
Photo is courtesy of Jane.
1929 Campbell Kid doll, Girl 12"
American Character Puggy doll, 12" tall, all composition, has a frowning face, smaller eyes and shorter molded hair than the others in the line, this is the boy doll in the Campbell Kids line,
doll marked: A Petite Doll or
Photo on right is courtesy of Chris.
1928 Puggy doll, 12"
American Character Smiling Sally doll, 15" tall, all composition, wigged, sleep eyes, original clothing & tag. Unsure how
doll is marked possibly Petite Sally.
1930s Smiling Sally doll, 15"
American Character Sally doll, 12 or 16" tall, all composition, molded hair with painted eyes or wigged with sleep eyes, some are unmarked others may be marked
Sally a Petite Doll.
1930 Sally doll, 16"
American Character Sally Joy doll, 18-24" tall, composition with cloth body, brown sleep eyes, slight open smiling mouth, wigged, came with an extensive wardrobe,
doll marked: 18" - Petite Sally
or 24" - Petite Amer. Character Doll Co.
Photo courtesy of Flozdolz.
1930 Sally Joy doll, 18"
American Character Carol Ann Beery doll, 13 1/2 or 16" tall, (used the Sally head mold), all composition, had a braid that wrapped around the back crown of the head, was based on the child actress of the same name,
doll marked: Petite Sally.
1935 Carol Ann Berry doll, 13 1/2"
1936-1938 American Character Sally Jane doll or Paratex Girl doll, 15, 17, 19 & 22" tall,
a Shirley Temple look-a-like, all paratex rubber and composition jointed body, human hair wig
in braided pigtails, hazel sleep eyes, open smiling mouth with six upper teeth, dimples, wore an organdy dress. Doll is
unmarked. Note: Not entirely certain that this is the
AC Sally Jane doll, however the doll is made of the all paratex rubber and composition body.
Photo courtesy of Nativelady
1936 Sally Jane doll, 15"
American Character Little Love doll, 15", 18" tall, Bye-Lo
Baby or Tynie Baby look a like, composition flange head and hands, cloth body,
cloth arms, cloth straight legs with tailored heels, molded painted brown hair, blue sleep eyes, crier,
doll marked on head: Am Char. Doll
1942 Little Love doll, 15"
1947 American Character Pre Sweet Sue doll, 17-18" all composition
jointed doll, wigged, sleep eyes, real upper eyelashes, painted lower
lashes, closed mouth, a Kathryn Grayson, Actress and Opera
Singer, autographed doll was made from
this American Character doll mold, dolls are
See the full sized photo of the Pre Sweet
Sue doll at the top of this page.
1947 American Character Pre Sweet Sue doll,
American Character Tiny Tears doll, 11 1/2, 13 1/2, 16 or 20" tall, drink wet baby doll, rubber body with hard plastic head, molded painted hair or with a caracul wig,
doll marked: American Character Doll Pat.
1956-1958 Tiny Tears (same sizes as above), now has saran rooted hair on a skull cap. The 13 1/2" size also came as a black Tiny Tears doll.
1959-1961 Tiny Tears (same sizes as above), has a hard plastic head with a soft vinyl body molded hair with a saran rooted skull cap.
1962-1968 17, 20 or 21" tall, all vinyl body with accessories,
doll marked: Am. Char., American Character and sometimes with the patent
There were also 12" Teeny Tiny Tears dolls,
9" Teenie Weenie Tiny Tears dolls.
Ideal purchased the rights to Tiny Tears in
1968 and licensed the tears feature for their Betsy Wetsy doll.
Ideal reintroduced the Tiny Tears doll in 1982-1985 in both vinyl and bisque versions.
Regal of Canada also made a version of
the Tiny Tears doll.
1950 Tiny Tears doll, 20"
with caracul wig
American Character Sweet Sue doll, 14, 15, 18-21, 24 and 31" tall, pre-teen type,
all hard plastic doll, some were head turning walkers, most fully jointed some included bendable knees, flex ankles and elbows. Both Sweet Sue and Toni are often found in beautiful gowns of silk, satin or chiffon, were also featured as bride dolls, and there was a Groom version with a lambs wool wig dressed in a Tuxedo,
doll marked: American Character Doll, Am. Char. Doll, Amer Char., A.C. or all sizes can be
as many are.
1952 Alice In Wonderland doll, 18" tall, Sweet Sue in a blue dress with white pinafore.
1954 Annie Oakley
doll, 15-25" tall, Sweet Sue in a Annie Oakley outfit of green denim culottes, matching bolero, satin blouse and scarf, felt hat, holster with two guns, cowboy boots.
1955-1956 Life Size Sweet Sue
doll, 24 and 31" tall.
American Character Sweet Sue Sophisticate
doll, 14 or 20" tall, fashion lady doll with high heel feet,
jointed at the neck, shoulders, twist waist and hips, vinyl head with rooted
hair, sleep eyes, closed painted mouth, pierced ears, came wearing fashionable
clothing, The Sweet Sue with Flexible Foot doll can wear either high heel shoes or flats,
the 14" doll is unmarked, 20" doll marked:
American © Character.
See also the 1958 Toni doll who uses this same same mold.
1953 Sweet Sue doll,
18" in Cotillion
1957 Sweet Sue Sophisticate doll,
20" in High Society outfit
American Character I Love Lucy Lucille Ball doll, 28" tall,
cloth doll with a hard plastic painted face, red bangs showing beneath her kerchief, big blue eyes, wearing her red and white striped blouse,
an apron with "I Love Lucy" printed on it, with two heart shaped pockets and red peddle pusher pant,
shown missing her head scarf.
1952 Lucille Ball doll, 28"
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Ricky Jr. baby doll ad, 1953 photo on left.
American Character I Love Lucy Baby doll, 14, 16" tall, hard plastic head and rubber body, drink wet baby doll,
is unmarked. Wore a long pink bathrobe, bonnet
American Character Ricky doll, 21" tall, all vinyl doll with molded hair and sleep eyes. Wore a yellow sun outfit with name embroidery on waist.
doll, 17, 21" tall, all vinyl with rooted hair, wore shorts with suspenders in a hen print, white shirt with name embroidered and sandals.
doll, 13, 17" tall, all vinyl with bendable legs that have wires, molded hair, sleep eyes. Wore corduroy pants with name embroidered on front
and a striped shirt.
1955-56 Ricky Arnaz Jr.
doll, 12 tall, all vinyl, straight legs, drink wet baby doll, wore white corduroy pants with name embroidery on front. All dolls except the first are marked on head:
AMER. CHAR. DOLL.
1953 Ricky doll, 21"
1954 Ricky doll, 21"
Photo courtesy of Robin of Vintagelane.com
American Character Chuckles doll, 18-19, 22" tall, vinyl head and partial vinyl limbs,
oilcloth body open smiling mouth with upper teeth, sleep eyes, with a saran wig or had rooted hair
as shown below, doll
mark Amer Char. Doll.
Photo on right is courtesy of Vintageonlyplease.
1952-1955 Chuckles doll, 18"
American Character Chuckles doll, several sizes, oilcloth baby bodies, vinyl head and partial
vinyl limbs, open smiling mouth with upper teeth, sleep eyes, with rooted hair,
Amer Char. Doll.
American Character used the Chuckles name on several dolls, the earliest was an all composition doll in the 1930s.
1953 Chuckles doll, 19"
American Character Toodles doll, 19-30" tall, hard
plastic multi-jointed body including the elbows and knees, rooted hair or molded hair,
flirty sleep eyes, drink wet doll, open mouth, the 1960-1961 Little Girl Toodles doll has teeth
with an open mouth. Toodles can kneel, sit, play and assume 1,000 different positions. Some rare early dolls are marked Toodles, others were marked:
American Char. or
19 1/2", 21, 24 tall, vinyl head, flirty eyes, with multi jointed body
including elbows and knees; Toodles The Action Doll, Toodles with Poodle, Toodles with
her three way Super Kart.
Teeny Toodles doll, 11" tall,
all vinyl, molded or rooted hair, drink and wet, five piece jointed body.
See below for Toodles brother; 1959-1960 Tommy Toodles
1958 Toodles doll,
19 1/2" tall
American Character Jimmy John doll, 18" tall, magic skin body and limbs, vinyl head with deeply molded painted hair with bangs, blue sleep eyes, makes a cooing noise when the tummy is pressed, doll is
1954 Jimmy John doll, 18"
American Character Baby Sue doll, 17 or 23" tall, (there were four different faces used for this doll, one was hard plastic
and the others were made of vinyl), all vinyl one piece baby body, vinyl head with rooted hair, legs have a wire so they can be posed, blue sleep eyes with real lashes, open mouth, wore a white nylon dress with pink & blue embroidery, bonnet, slip, panties, socks and white oilcloth shoes. Marked on head:
1957 Baby Sue doll, 17"
American Character Betsy McCall doll, 8, 14, 20, 22, 30, 36" tall, or her cousin Sandy McCall, 39" tall, all hard plastic and vinyl, socket head, rooted hair (39" tall Sandy McCall has molded hair), sleep eyes with lashes, closed mouth,
doll marked: McCall Corp in a circle,
McCall 1958 or
See the Betsy McCall page for more details and other manufacturers.
1957 Betsy McCall doll, 8"
American Character Toni doll, 10, 14, 20 and 25" tall, Gillette
advertising doll for Toni hair products, fashion lady doll
with high heel feet, same face mold as Sweet Sue
Sophisticate, similar body style with a slightly smaller bust line, jointed at
neck, shoulders and hips, 25" size doll has a twist waist, these dolls came in beautiful 1950s style outfits. The Toni in the black taffeta jumper with embroidered white nylon blouse is called Cha Cha #A97 or High Society in 1960.
Earle Pullan also sold a
similar doll, at least in the 24-25" size, it's unknown what Pullan named her.
1958 Toni doll, 10"
American Character Eloise doll, 21" tall, all cloth doll, yarn hair, painted cloth face with smirking, one side upturned mouth, cartoon character who lived at the Plaza Hotel, NYC.
1958 Eloise Doll, 21"
1959 American Character Toodles Toddles doll, 19, 23-24 or 26" tall,
vinyl head with rooted short curly hair or braids
with curly bangs hair, flirty sleep eyes,
real upper curly eyelashes, drink wet doll, open mouth, five piece plastic
jointed body with straight legs, walker doll, doll came dressed in several
different outfits, doll marked Amer. Char. Doll Corp. ©
Photo courtesy of rabmlt
Toodles Toddles doll 24"
1959-1960 American Character Tommy Toodles doll,
22-23" tall, Toodles brother with lightly molded and brown
painted hair, jointed five piece toddler body with straight legs, flirty sleep eyes with
real brush eyelashes, drink wet doll, open mouth, dressed in a blue and white striped
short sleeve shirt, blue suspended shorts, white rayon socks and white shoes,
doll marked Amer. Char. Doll Corp. ©.
1959-1960 Tommy Toodles doll, 22"
American Character Whimsies dolls, character dolls, 22" tall, one piece vinyl body, rooted hair, very large eyes,
dolls marked: Whimsies 1960 American Doll & Toy.
Whimsies doll names are; Bashful Bride, Dixie the Pixie, Fanny
(Angel), Hedda Get Bedda (multi-face doll, with three faces),
Hilda the Hillbilly, Lena the Cleaner, Miss Take, Monk, Polly the Lady Raggie, Simon, Strong Man, Suzie the Snoozie, Tillie the Talker, Wheeler Dealer, Zack the Sack, Zero the Hero
1960 Suzie the Snoozie doll, 22"
American Character Butterball doll, 19 or 23" tall, soft vinyl Magi-form body, vinyl head and limbs, rooted blonde hair, blue sleep eyes, has a slight protruding lower lip, came in several different outfits, there was also a 14" girl doll named "Butterball" in 1965.
Doll marked: American Doll &
Toy Co. 1961.
1961 Butterball doll, 23"
American Character Chuckles doll, 23" tall, all vinyl, toddler body, rooted hair, closed smiling mouth, doll shown is mint with her hang tag. This doll while still bearing the Chuckles name does not resemble the earlier baby type dolls with their open mouths, so I guess this was meant to show a slightly older (toddler) Chuckles. Marked on head:
Amer. Doll & Toy Co. 1961 © with in a circle. This doll was sold only one year and is HTF.
1961 Chuckles doll, 23"
with a toddler body
American Character Toodle-Loo doll, 17-18" tall, magic foam vinyl body, fully jointed, with rooted hair.
1961 Toodle-Loo doll, 18"
American Character Little Miss Echo doll, 30" tall, hard plastic jointed body and vinyl head with rooted hair, blue sleep eyes, talker doll with battery operated tape recorder. She is shown mint in her box with wrist tag and original clothes; white chiffon party dress with velvet bodice and lace trimmed short sleeves and neckline, white socks and black mary jane shoes. She also came wearing a pink and white dress,
doll marked on neck: 20 on the battery lid is:
Pat. Pend. and if you open the lid inside is:
1 A 1 93 0405.
1962-1964 Little Miss Echo doll, 30"
Character Sally Says doll, 18-19" tall, 1st version, plastic and vinyl toddler doll who is a battery
operated talker, short rooted curly hair, sleep eyes, watermelon mouth and
splayed fingers, came wearing a white or yellow cotton A-line dress with short sleeves,
or with a polka dot apron over a dress, white socks and black shoes.
1964-1965 Sally Says, 17-18" tall, 2nd version, has a closed straight mouth and more generic face, shoulder length rooted blonde hair, sleep eyes, also a battery operated talker came wearing a red, yellow or white cotton A-line dress
with lace trimmed collar, white attached sleeves and lace panel insert on front of dress or a blue or yellow dress with bow and heart embroidered yoke.
Both dolls are marked
Amer. Char Doll 19©63 on head.
1963 Sally Says doll #1, 18"
not shown in original clothing
American Character Baby Says doll, 17" tall, uses the Sally Says and Baby Babbles face mold, but also reminds
us of the Butterball face too, spoke eleven different phrases, battery operated. Came in three different outfits; checked dress, organdy party dress or a polka dot dress. Doll shown is not in her original clothing.
1963 Baby Says doll, 17"
American Character Baby Babbles doll, 23" tall, very similar to the Baby says doll, but has a stuffed cloth foam body with vinyl head and limbs, has a foam covered voice box that says phrases
doll marked on head; Amer. Doll & Toy Corp.
1963 Baby Babble doll, 23"
American Character Pre-Teen grow hair doll, 14" tall, all vinyl with jointed body, vinyl head with rooted hair, a button on dolls tummy allows the dolls hair to grow or retract, was only made in 1963, then was discontinued for the high heeled fashion doll Tressy.
1963 Pre-Teen grow hair doll, 14"
American Character Tressy doll, 11 1/2" tall, high heeled teen fashion doll, plastic jointed body, vinyl head with rooted hair, painted facial features.
American Character Cricket or Toots doll, Tressy's sister, 9-9 1/2"" tall, marked:
Char. Inc. 19©64.
American Character Magic Makeup Tressy, Black Magic Makeup Tressy and Mary Makeup dolls, Mary is Tressy's friend and does not have grow hair, all are 11 1/2" tall.
Tressy Doll & Family 1963-1967 for more details on all these dolls.
1963-1967 Tressy doll, 11 1/2"
American Character Popi doll,
about 11" tall, the pop apart fashion model doll that came with three separate
wigs and a cut and drape non sew dress, doll pops apart in three separate
pieces, has molded red or orangish
hair, white painted on swimsuit, white high heel open toe shoes, additional doll fashion kits (non sew) to make
clothes for Popi were available separately.
American Character Snip n' Tuck doll, is a mannequin Popi doll in a frame, with fabric and accessories for children to design and make their own
non sew clothing.
1963 Popi doll, 11"
American Character Pouty Penny doll or Freckles doll, as we have seen this doll referred to 13, 20, or 22" tall, baby type doll, two faced; face changed to a happy or sad face, non-head turning walker,
doll marked: Amer. Char. Inc. 19©66.
1966 Pouty Penny
doll or Freckles doll
American Character Tiny Whimsies dolls, 7 1/2" tall; Lites Out with nightgown,
I'm Yours a Bride, Fly with Me a witch, Swing It a dancer,
Love Me in red pantsuit and I'm Hooked a groom doll, to go with the bride.
Also Tiny Whimsies
dolls, 6" tall, Pixie, Swinger, Granny, Lites out, Minnie Mod, Jump'n, Go-Go.
1966 Lites Out doll, 7 1/2"
American Character Cartwright Family dolls, 8" tall, Ben, Hoss, Little Joe.
The Adam doll was used as the model for the outlaw figure (as his character had now left the show) from the TV show Bonanza, solid vinyl, jointed body, molded clothes,
dolls marked: C American Character.
1966 Ben and Hoss Cartwright dolls. 8"
Additional American Character dolls not shown
1921 American Character Baby's Joy doll, Baby's Pal doll, Baby's
Playmate doll, sizes unknown, composition and cloth dolls.
1931-1937 American Character Toodles doll,
18" tall, composition head with molded painted blond hair, green sleep eyes with
special mechanism so the eyes only sleep when doll is lying down with head
turned left, flex-o-flesh body with metal steel frame support, open mouth with
tongue but no teeth, rubber bent arms and rubber bent baby legs. Doll is
marked on head Petite, doll marked on body with a
Petite, Pat. Pend.
American Character Toodles doll, 17" tall, made of life like rubber composition paratex head and limbs, cloth stuffed body, mama crier and a drink wet doll with a rubber tube inside the body or all paratex. Has molded
painted brown hair, sleep eyes, open mouth with no teeth showing, wore a sheer baby gown and had a glass
baby bottle with nipple. Doll is unmarked. American Character named several dolls Toodles over the years.
American Character Pretty Baby doll, size unknown, vinyl jointed body, vinyl head with short rooted hair, sleep eyes, wore a pink or white dress with a white sweater and a bonnet.
American Character Suzie Two Steps doll, 20" tall, battery operated walker, vinyl head and arms, hard plastic body, short rooted blonde hair, blue eyes, has a straight mouth with the upper lip pursing a bit over the lower lip which is not seen, wore a pink jumper with white collar and short sleeves, white socks and white rubber shoes,
doll marked: Amer. Char. 19©66.