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Elite Creations Doll Co

Cinderella dressed doll, 8" tall

Miniature Dress Me dolls, Souvenir dolls, Tourist dolls, 6-18" tall,  early dolls were made of composition, after 1946 of hard plastic.  Dress me dolls general characteristics are; boy dolls or girls dolls with painted eyes or sleep eyes usually in blue, mohair wig, jointed at neck and shoulders, straight un-jointed hips with straight legs, some with high heel feet, flat feet, molded painted on shoes, some with painted socks, too. 


Early dolls were sold as dressed dolls, boys usually dressed as a groom or cowboy, girl dolls in a wide variety of costumes, even as Nun dolls.  Later dolls were sold undressed dolls in plastic baggies to be dressed by the new owner.  Many plastic dress me dolls were used as Souvenir or tourist dolls, dressed in local costumes of the region where they were sold.  Dolls may also have been used by churches, charities, girl scouts to dress and sell.  The dress-me dolls were made by the thousands, maybe even millions, by many different doll makers.


1944 Wards catalog - Miniature dress me dolls in colorful costumes, 6 1/2" tall, $2.39

5. Princess doll  6. Colonial doll  7. Bride doll  8. Bridesmaid doll  9. Flower-Girl doll

These dolls are made of composition.



1957 Spiegel catalog - Miniatures for favored little "collectors" Dress Me dolls 7 1/2" tall, $1.69

1957 Spiegel catalog - Miniatures for favored little "collectors" 7 1/2" tall, $1.69

dress me dolls, dressed; 4. Little Bo Peep  5. Red Riding Hood  6. Cinderella  7. Nun  8. Snow White

These dolls are made of sturdy plastic.

1957 Spiegel catalog ad Dress Me doll text



Elite Doll Co, Boy doll 8"Elite Creations doll mark ELITE, with a hole and staple.

Elite Creations Company, 8" tall composition Dress Me boy doll, one piece head, body and straight legs, jointed only at the shoulders, painted facial features, painted on black boots, probably came dressed as a groom or cowboy doll, doll marked ELITE with a hole and staple on his back.

Grant Plastics, 11" hard plastic dress me doll

Grant Plastics, 11" tall hard plastic Dress Me girl doll.



Some companies that made vintage Dress Me dolls; A & H Around the World dolls and Marcie dolls, Active Beau Arts dressed 5 1/2" dolls, Admiration; Dolls of All Countries or Dolls of all Nations, Allison Corp; Dress Me dolls, Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO); Dolls of the World, Blue Bonnet Sue Storybook dolls both sold as mail in premiums, Carlson Indian, soldiers, other uniforms dressed dolls, Commonwealth, Doll Bodies, Inc., Doll Craftin', Duchess Dolls, Elite Creations Doll Co, ENSCO dolls, Eugenia, Fairyland Doll Co slogan; Famous Figures of Fact and Fancy . . . Costumed, Grant Plastics, Hollywood Dolls, Kraft cheese dolls, LeeWards Dexter craft dolls, Midwestern Mfg. Co dolls,  PMA Plastic Molded Arts Co, Reddi-Wip dolls, Reliable Toy Co, Royal (called Tiny Teen), Sears, Souvenir dolls, Spiegel, Standard Doll Co, Virga Dolls, Wards, Woolco Woolworths and many others.

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