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1942 Freundlich General Douglas Mac Arthur doll face 18" tall

1942 Freundlich General Douglas Mac Arthur doll 18"

A brief history;  Ralph A. Freundlich, Inc. operated out of New York City from 1929 until 1934 and then moved to Clinton, Massachusetts.  Freundlich operations ceased in 1945 when they filed for bankruptcy. 

Ralph A. Freundlich is probably best known for their composition novelty dolls, who came with a hang tag.  Dolls are all unmarked except Babt Sandy, thus they can be a challenge to identify as a Freundlich doll product.  

 Ralph A. Freundlich first worked for the Jeanette Doll Company from 1923 to1929 and he also formed the Silver Doll & Toy Manufacturing Company in 1923 until 1924 which made composition Mama dolls.

Ralph A. Freundlich doll hang tag of a blue triangle with silver text; A Freundlich Product

Ralph A. Freundlich doll hang tag of a blue triangle with silver text; A Freundlich Product

 

 

Antique to Vintage Freundlich Dolls Identified

 

1929+ Freundlich Santa Claus doll, 19-20" tall, all composition, fully jointed at neck, shoulders and hips or with stationary legs and black molded boots, both dolls have a molded red cap, molded white eyebrows, beard and mustache, painted blue eyes, rosy cheeks, closed mouth, wears a red 1) flannel or 2) thin red cotton "Santa" suit trimmed with white plush faux fur, black oilcloth belt and boots, carries a red flannel sack; filled with who knows what kind of goodies.  Both Santa Claus dolls are unmarked.

1929+ Freundlich Santa Claus composition doll 20"1929+ Freundlich Santa Claus doll 20"

 

1932-1934 Freundlich Nursing Doll face, 8", drink n wet1932-1934 Freundlich Drinks-N-Wets Nursing Doll, 8" tall, Like Real Babies, all composition white or black doll with a one piece head and body jointed at the shoulders and hips with baby bent limbs, molded hair, painted blue eyes on white doll, painted brown eyes on the black doll, open hole for a mouth with a round red insert and another hole in dolls bottom with a rubber tube connecting them, doll came in a trunk with three white cotton diapers, tee shirt, a sponge and baby nursing bottle.  The Freundlich Nursing doll is unmarked.

 

1932+  Freundlich Drinks-N-Wets Nursing Doll, 8"

1932-1934 Drinks-N-Wets Nursing Doll, 8"

 

1932 Freundlich Trixbe doll or Trixie doll, 11" or 14" and Trixiette doll, 9 1/2" tall, Patsy type, all composition five piece jointed body, straight ahead facing painted blue eyes, rosy cheeks, yellow or brown hair molded painted hair, some dolls with a with pin hole for a hair ribbon, doll shown is in an outfit for Alexander Quiz-Kins doll, dolls in all sizes are unmarked. 

 

Trixbe the doll that does a Million Trix, as stated on her original box.

 

1932 Freundlich Trixbe doll or Trixie doll, 11"

1932 Trixbe doll or Trixie doll, 11"

 

1934 Freundlich Little Red Riding Hood, Grandma & Big Bad Wolf animal dolls, 9 3/4" tall, all composition with jointed Patsyette type five piece bodies, molded painted hair and painted facial features, all have a bent right arm and all dolls are unmarked and all dolls came without shoes or socks. Dolls came in a lithographed school house box.

 

1934 Freundlich Little Red Riding Hood doll, 9 3/4" on the right, wears a cotton dress with panties and a red hooded cape, white socks and black shoes have been added and are not original to the doll nor the basket, 

 

1934 Freundlich  Grandma doll, 9 3/4" in photo middle, has an interesting character face with sunken cheeks indicating that she has no teeth, wears a long cotton dress with matching cap and a tuff of white mohair attached with a white apron.

 

1934 Freundlich Big Bad Wolf doll animal doll, 9 3/4", has painted brown fur with a slightly open red mouth, painted eyes, wears a cotton sleeveless jumpsuit.

 

1934 Freundlich Little Red Riding Hood, Grandma, Wolf dolls, 9 3/4"

1934 Little Red Riding Hood, Grandma, Wolf animal dolls, 9 3/4"

 

1934 Freundlich Big Bad Wolf animal doll and Freundlich Three Little Pigs animal dolls, 9 3/4" tall, all composition with jointed Patsyette type five piece body, molded painted hair and painted facial features, all have a bent right arm and all are unmarked.  Little Pig dolls came wearing a plaid day dress, plain cotton shift or pants, no shoes, the Wolf is about the same as doll shown above.

 

Other known animal characters are: Puss in Boots cat doll 11" tall and a painted pink Rabbit animal doll animal 12" tall, both all composition as well and unmarked

 

Although we cannot find any reference source, a smaller Bear animal doll with bent limb baby type legs appears to be from the nursery rhyme; Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  Uses the same head mold as the big bad Wolf animal doll but has a closed mouth and is smaller, also is unmarked.

 

1934 Freundlich Three Little Pigs animal dolls, 9 3/4"

1934 Three Little Pigs animal doll, 9 3/4"

1934 Freundlich Puss 'N Boots cat animal doll, 11" tall, all composition, Patsy type jointed body, painted white cat head, painted eyes, costume is felt, doll is unmarked.

1934 Freundlich Puss 'N Boots cat doll, 11"

1934 Puss 'n Boots cat animal doll, 11"

 

1937+ Freundlich Goo Goo Eva doll, 19-20 or 27" tall, composition flange head with yellow painted hair, big round googly eyes with floating plastic eyes with moving disk pupil, painted upper lashes, red rosebud closed mouth, pink cloth body and limbs, cloth arms with no hands, dressed in a cotton flowered dress with matching bonnet, doll is unmarked

 

Goo Goo Topsy is the black version and there were other versions as well.

 

1937 Freundlich Goo Goo Eva doll 20"

1937 Goo Goo Eva doll, 20"

 

1937+ Freundlich Sailor Boy doll, 14" tall, similar to above doll, composition flange head with yellow painted hair, big round googly eyes with floating plastic eyes with moving disk pupil, painted upper lashes, red rosebud closed mouth, pink cloth body and limbs, cloth arms with no hands, legs have no feet, dressed in a blue one piece jumpsuit, legs are stuffed cloth & wide so it stands by it self, white collar with blue trim, stapled on white sailor cap with red printing that says "U.S. Navy", doll is unmarked.

 

1937 Freundlich Sailor Boy doll, 14"

1937 Sailor Boy doll 14" 

1937 Freundlich Princess doll, 22" tall, all composition, jointed body, sleep eyes, open mouth with teeth and felt tongue, mohair wig, doll is unmarked.

1937 Freundlich Princess doll, 22"

1937 Princess doll, 22"

 

1938+ Freundlich Dummy Dan doll, 20" tall, ventriloquist doll, composition head and limbs, cloth body, painted facial features including eyes, molded painted black hair, vent doll is unmarked

 

Same head mold also used on the Davy Crockett ventriloquist doll, made of hard plastic head and hands, cloth body and limbs, with painted brown hair, dressed in two piece fringed buckskin shirt and pants, black belt, brown shoes, pin with dolls name, by The Leda Company.  Believe doll is unmarked.

 

Freundlich used the Dummy Dan head mold for a Cowboy marionette puppet and a Clown marionette puppet, both about 17" tall, possibly other marionette puppets too, sold through the early 1950s, perhaps as old store stock, as the store ad is dated 1952 from Novelty Mart.

 

1938+ Freundlich Dummy Dan vent doll, 20"

1938+ Dummy Dan vent doll, 20"

 

ca. 1938 Freundlich Dummy Don doll tagca. 1938 Freundlich Dummy Don doll, 10" tall, (note; this is not, as the name might imply, a ventriloquist doll), white or black doll, all composition, molded lightly painted blonde hair, painted brown eyes, wide closed mouth, one piece head and body, jointed only at the shoulders and hips, came wearing a black short sleeve shirt with white pinked edge bowtie, black and white checked pants, doll is unmarked, came with a hang tag shown at left.

 

ca. 1938 Freundlich Dummy Don doll 10"

ca. 1938 Freundlich Dummy Don doll 10"

1936 Freundlich Little Orphan Annie doll, 11 1/4" tall and her dog Sandy, 6 3/4" tall, both are all composition, Annie has a jointed body, molded painted blond with brunette highlights wavy short hair, painted eyes, closed mouth, doll is unmarked.  Sandy the dog is non-jointed and painted.

1936 Freundlich Little Orphan Annie doll, 11 1/4"

1936 Little Orphan Annie doll, 11 1/4"

 

1939-1942 Freundlich Baby Sandy portrait doll, 8-20" tall, all composition, jointed body, molded & painted hair, tin sleep eyes, open mouth with two upper teeth, felt tongue, doll marked Baby Sandy Baby Sandy is a portrait doll of child actress Alexandra "Sandy" Lee Henville born in 1938.

 

1939-1942 Freundlich Baby Sandy doll 14"

1939-1942 Baby Sandy doll, 14"

 

1940 Freundlich Pinocchio doll 16"1940 Freundlich Pinocchio doll, 16" tall, composition head and jointed at neck, shoulders, hips and knees body, wooden limbs with stump hands and molded black painted wooden shoes, molded painted reddish orange hair, painted blue eyes,  painted cheeks and end of his pointed nose, closed red painted smiling mouth, doll is unmarked, came with a paper hangtag; Original Pinocchio as portrayed by C. Collodi Manufactured by Ralph A. Freundlich, Inc. 200 Fifth Ave. New York City.

 

1941 Freundlich Pinocchio doll face, 16"

1940 Freundlich

Pinocchio doll, 16"

 

1942 Freundlich General Douglas Mac Arthur doll, 18" tall, all composition, painted facial features, molded hat, dressed in detailed military uniform, doll is unmarked, had a hang tag.

 

Freundlich WW II Soldier dolls, the one found with his hang tag, it reads:  "PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION" the title of a song by Frank Loesser, a Sailor doll, female W.A.A.C. doll and W.A.V.E military dolls, 15-16" tall, dolls are unmarked.

1942 Freundlich General MacArthur doll 18" tall

ca. 1942 General Douglas Mac Arthur doll, 18" 

Additional Freundlich Dolls not shown

Feather Weight doll, 9 1/2" Baby doll with a scale, 12" Baby doll, dolls in trousseau trunks, Mama dolls, Quintuplets (Dionne) with a Nurse doll and other military type dolls are unmarked.

 

Ralph Freundlich Doll Resources:

Composition Dolls books, 1928-1955 vol. I in 1991, 1909-1928 vol. II in 1994, Santa Dolls and Figures Price Guide: Antique to Contemporary in 1992, revised in 1994, all by Polly Judd, Collector’s Encyclopedia of American Composition Dolls 1900-1950 books, vol. I in 1999, vol. II in 2004 by Ursula R. Mertz and continued research across the Internet since 1999 which we share with you.

 

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