Imeson (E. I.) Horsman opened a toy company in New York city in 1865 and became
a leader in the toy industry. In the early years they produced a variety of
composition dolls wearing wigs, molded or painted hair, sleep or painted
eyes. By 1909 they used a new formula to make "Can't break Em" dolls like the Billiken.
From 1957 until 1986 Irene Szor designed dolls and clothing for Horsman.
About 1980 the Horsman name was sold to an
Asian company which produced dolls under the name Horsman Ltd., the dolls
today are made in Hong Hong, China.
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Vintage 1950s Horsman Dolls Identified
Items shown below are for reference
Horsman Perthy doll, 13 1/2" tall, all vinyl baby doll, fully
jointed, rooted hair, painted eyes, squeaker or cryer.
1950s Perthy doll, 13 1/2"
1950s Horsman Ruthie doll, 18"
tall, plus other sizes, vinyl head with rooted braided hair, blue sleep eyes,
jointed hard plastic body & limbs, shown with original
outfit, socks, shoes and tag, marked on neck: T + doll height
number, doll shown would be marked: T-18. The Ruthie head molds
were used on other Horsman dolls, too.
1950s Ruthie doll,
Horsman Tear Drop
Tammy doll, 15" tall, hard plastic with vinyl head, rooted
hair, sleep eyes, open mouth, jointed body, shown MIB with her accessories and
Photo courtesy of Jean.
Tear Drop Tammy doll, 15"
Horsman Cindy doll, 16-18" tall, jointed hard plastic body and head, wigged
usually in pigtails with bangs, sleep eyes, open mouth with teeth,
flat feet, doll often marked 160, 170 or 180.
Cindy doll 18"
Horsman Fairy Skin doll or
Horsman Super-Flex doll, 18 1/2" tall, a soft plastic doll, rooted hair, blue sleep eyes,
shown in original outfit with hang tag, this is also the Shadow
Wave doll with saran hair that can be washed and
curled, doll is unmarked. Horsman's competition to Ideal's Magic
1951 Fairy Skin doll
1951 Horsman Hanes Advertising Baby doll, 18, 21, 22" tall, possibly other sizes too,
vinyl head with molded hair, vinyl lower arms, closed eyes, yawning mouth, cloth
stuffed body and limbs. Came dressed in a two piece sleeper set in blue,
pale green, or pink with a Hanes tag. Doll is marked Horsman or unmarked.
Advertising doll for Hanes.
1951 Hanes Baby doll 18"
Horsman Cindy Strutter doll, 23" tall, child doll, hard plastic and vinyl, rooted
hair, sleep eyes, closed mouth, this doll has flat feet.
Cindy Strutter doll, 23"
Simms doll, singer and one of Arthur
Godfrey's friends on the CBS TV show, walking doll, 14"-19" tall, brunette wig, blue eyes,
open mouth with teeth, uses the Cindy head mold number 170 or 180 (also made by
Valentine). Shown is a beautiful LuAnn
Simms by Horsman, 14" tall, she's not in her
Guide cover 1954
1955-1957 Horsman Baby Precious doll,
11-21" tall, one piece stuffed vinyl body, Ruthie like head mold in vinyl
rooted short curly hair, sleep eyes, bendable, posable Super-Flex
legs, some have jointed vinyl arms and others bendable Super-Flex arms. Marked on neck: Horsman
1955+ Baby Precious doll 15"
Candy Doll, 11" tall, an advertising doll, all vinyl,
used the Betty one piece stuffed body jointed only at the
neck with the Ruthie
or Betty head mold, has pastel hair colors of: pink,
green, or blue,
rooted hair,sleep eyes, came with a miniature roll of lifesaver
candies attached at the doll's neck. Marked on neck: Horsman 20.
Doll shown has the pastel pink
rooted hair and is in her original
Photo courtesy of
Lifesaver Candy Doll 11"
Horsman Cindy Ballerina doll, 18-19" tall, vinyl head with
rooted hair, sleep eyes, closed mouth, jointed body and
super flex jointed ankles, marked
Cindy Ballerina doll 18-19"
1957+ Horsman Cindy doll, 10
1/2" tall, Little Miss Revlon like, part of the Cindy
family of dolls with high heel feet, jointed body, rooted hair, sleep eyes,
closed mouth. Had extensive
wardrobes that could be purchased separately. Related, see the Cindy
and I doll noted below.
Cindy doll, 10 1/2"
1957+ Horsman Cindy doll, 14"
tall, think this size is quite rare, shown are three lovelies,
all in original outfits, ballerina's tights are
replacements. Vinyl head with rooted hair, sleep eyes, closed mouth,
jointed body, high heel feet.
Photo courtesy of
1950s Cindy doll, 14"
1957+ Horsman Cindy doll, 16-17"
tall, high heel fashion doll, one piece flexible bendy body, vinyl head
with rooted hair, sleep eyes, closed mouth, part of the Cindy family of dolls,
had many outfits available. Shown in a ballerina outfit.
Marked: Horsman 81.
Cindy doll, 16-17"
Horsman Cindy doll,19" tall, vinyl fashion
doll or Lady doll, there are several dolls all named Cindy in
different sizes, some were walkers with jointed bodies, rooted hair,
pierced ears and most have high heel feet and of course they had an extensive
wardrobe. Miss Revlon competitor.
Cindy doll, 19"
Horsman Pete doll and
1957 Horsman Polly doll, both 13" tall, black dolls, one piece stuffed
vinyl body and limbs, both have a vinyl head with molded hair
and painted features, marked: 1957. Pete is shown in his original
Pete doll, 13"
1957+ Horsman Couturier Doll, 20"
tall, fashion doll, hard plastic and vinyl, rooted hair, sleep
ca. 1957 Horsman purchased the
Paris Doll Company and renamed it as the Couturier Division of
Horsman, used their patents for jointed knees, and lots of
beautiful new fashion designed by the young fashion designer:
Irene Szor who worked prior at Eugenia, Sayco and Paris Doll Corp.
By 1958 this division simply became Horsman.
Couturier Doll, 20"
Horsman Tweedie doll, 12-13" tall, vinyl head and rigid body, rooted short
hair, sleep eyes, closed mouth, was used in advertising "Tweedie
Toiletries" by Lenthneric and had designer clothing, doll marked
38 Horsman or Horsman.
This doll was also sold by Sears
in their Happi Time doll line and called Honey Mates - she had several different hair
styles; long, short, curly & various clothing. See the
page for a photo.
1959 Princess Peggy doll,
Additional 1950s Horsman Dolls
1954 Horsman Fairy Skin Boydoll or
Horsman Gold Medal Boy doll,
12" tall, vinyl head with deeply molded painted hair, sleep
eyes, closed mouth, one piece fairy skin stuffed body.
Marked on neck: HORSMAN.
Horsman Peggy Petite doll,
13-14" tall, uses a similar vinyl head mold as Ruthie, hard
plastic body, sleep eyes, closed mouth. There was also a Horsman Peggy Petite doll
in an 8" tall size.
1958 Horsman Cindy and I doll, (Cindy
Adams) 10 1/2 or 18" tall, a
specialty doll made in limited quantities, based on the 1957 book Cindy and I
the real life adventures of Mr. & Mrs. Joey Adams by author, comedian Joey
Adams. Used the Cindy dolls with black rooted hair tied up in a chignon
style, dressed in stylist outfits; 10 1/2" size was dressed in black pants and
white shirt, another outfit for the 18" tall doll was a red top with 3/4 length
sleeves, black and white check full skirt, plus accessories; earrings and high
heel shoes. Dolls will be marked just like other Horsman Cindy