Thief of Bagdad,
Maid in Waiting doll and Sabu doll
courtesy of singram
Marysia (Mollye) Goldman founded the
International Doll Company in 1929 (have also seen the company name
as: Molly'es Doll Outfitters, Inc., Mollye Creations).
Early dolls are made of
cloth, originally they used
neighborhood women who sewed from their homes to make the dolls, later they opened
a factory that employed as many as 500 people. Mollye also designed
costumes for other doll companies; Cameo,
Effanbee, Horsman and
Temple doll clothes).
Mollye purchased quality composition, hard
plastic and vinyl dolls from various manufactures and then dressed them
in original clothing and sold them under her own name, Mollye
Dolls. Thus, many of the
composition and hard plastic dolls are unmarked but had a
hangtag, later vinyl dolls are marked on the head: Mollye.
1935-1938 Molly-es Doll Outfitters, Inc., produced the Raggedy
Ann and Raggedy Andy cloth dolls (several conflicting stories
about this, bottom line is they were sued in 1938 to stop producing them by
Johnny Gruelle), in 1937 Molly-es created the Hollywood Cinema Fashion
Doll series of stars and famous persons, they also made a
group of composition dolls in the 1940s based on the Thief of
Bagdad movie and are considered some of this companies finest work.
Antique to Vintage Mollyes Dolls Identified
author Patricia R. Smith, Modern Collector's
Dolls book, fourth series,
pages 184-219 for more information about
Mollye Goldman and her dressed dolls.
Dolls, 15, 18 or 24" tall, stuffed cloth body, yarn hair,
mask type face, with big round, side glancing painted eyes and mouth,
dressed, doll is unmarked doll with a hangtag.
Mollyes Nurse doll,
all cloth doll, mask type face, 15" tall, has a Mollye cloth
label sewn on dolls leg.
Mollyes Thief of Bagdad Movie Dolls; The Thief (Sabu)
15" tall, all composition, Sultan
19" tall all composition, Princess (June
DuPrez) 14" tall all composition or 18"
tall cloth doll, Maid in Waiting, 14"
tall, all composition, Prince Ahmad (John
Justin) 23" tall, cloth doll.
Fourteen dolls total including a Sultan and
other characters based on Alexander Korda's movie by this same name. See
author Patricia R. Smith, Modern Collector's Dolls book, fourth series, page 201
for a black and white group photo.
Left to right; John
Justin, June DuPrez and Sabu, The Thief of Bagdad Movie
Mollyes Maid in Waiting doll 14" tall and Sabu doll 15" tall, all
composition dolls with jointed bodies, sleep eyes (Maid), painted eyes (Sabu), she is
wigged, dressed in her original outfit
with hangtag as is Sabu. Dolls are unmarked, with a hangtag to identify
courtesy of singram
1940s Sabu doll, 15"
Mollyes Lone Ranger doll, 28" tall, companion to Tonto, hard plastic head, sleep eyes, real
upper lashes, painted lower lashes, molded lightly painted hair,
open mouth with two upper teeth, magic skin latex stuffed body, dressed in light blue long
sleeve shirt with gold braid, matching neck scarf imprinted with:
The Lone Ranger (picture of him with his horse Silver),
Hi-Ho Silver © TRL, Inc.,
brown pants, vinyl belt with gun in holster, brown vinyl boots,
black face mask, brown felt cowboy hat. Doll is marked 28 or
Hangtag and box read: Created my Mollye.
The box was originally imprinted with "Cowboy Joe" which was
scratched thru and then imprinted with The Lone Ranger.
There are also girl dolls called Rangerettes.
Photo courtesy of
1950s Lone Ranger doll, 28"
Mollyes Tonto doll, 28" tall, Lone Ranger's companion, hard plastic head, sleep eyes, real upper
lashes, painted lower lashes, molded lightly painted hair, open
mouth, magic skin latex stuffed body, dressed in light brown suede like
cloth two piece shirt & pants, applied vinyl fringe and two
appliqué' faces with Tonto's name on upper shirt front, vinyl
belt, and headband, also imprinted with Tonto's name. Doll is unmarked.
There are also girl dolls called Tonta.
Hangtag and box read: Created my Mollye
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1950s Tonto doll, 28"
1950s Mollyes Mama doll, 21" tall, hard
plastic head with molded hair, painted eyebrows, blue sleep eyes, painted lower
lashes, open mouth, cloth body with magic skin limbs, Mama voice box, doll
1950s Mama doll, 21" tall
1960s Mollyes Perky doll, 8, 12 & 15" tall, vinyl head (Effanbee's Fluffy doll
mold), jointed plastic body,
rooted short hair, sleep eyes, freckles sprinkled across her nose,
closed mouth, doll marked Molly `E, Molly-`es or unmarked.
appears to be the originator of the Fluffy type doll mold and their doll is marked
Effanbee, other doll makers who sold Fluffy doll molds include;
a doll called Bonnie who is marked AE,
named and sold this doll as Margie
(no freckles), Kellogg's
doll is named Linda Lou, used as a mail in premium
Advertising doll, is unmarked,
Pullan sold this doll name unknown, marked Pullan, Sayco named her Cute Carol
(with freckles), mark unknown
this doll mold for
the 13-15" tall, Perfect Patient doll who is unmarked, are
some of the doll makers that we have found.
1960s Perky doll, 8" tall
Additional Molly-es Dolls Not
Children's Doll series, 13, 15, or 27" tall, stuffed cloth
body, mohair wig, with mask type painted face, wears a regional
costume, unmarked doll with a hangtag.
Mollyes Raggedy Ann or Raggedy Andy dolls, 17-22" tall, stuffed cloth bodies
allow doll to sit, legs are multi-colored striped material, dark auburn
yarn hair, painted face with large black eyes and triangle nose outlined
in black, was the first to print a heart on the dolls chest.
Mollyes Baby Ann or Baby Andy dolls, 14" tall, stuffed cloth body, usually stamped on the
chest; Raggedy Ann and Andy Dolls, manufactured by Mollye Doll
Girls or Toddler dolls, 14, 15, 18 and 21" tall, all composition.
or Lady dolls, 15, 18, 21 or 27" tall, all composition; 1939
Pamela Bride doll, 27", unmarked.
Hollywood Cinema Fashion Dolls; June Allison, June Deprey (special
commision dressed one of a kind Bru doll), Joan Crawford, Olivia DeHaviland, Irene Dunne, Douglas Fairbanks Sr.,
Ginger Rogers, Betty Grable, Jeannette McDonald (a unmarked
Horsman Sweetheart doll), Queen
Elizabeth and Princess Margaret Rose plus others, all composition jointed dolls,
probably all unmarked.
or Lady dolls, 14, 17, 23, or 27' tall, all hard plastic, wigged,
sleep eyes, closed mouth, jointed at neck, shoulders and hip, unmarked
dolls with a hangtag.
Mollyes Baby, Child or Mama dolls, hard plastic with cloth stuffed bodies (one
of which is the doll mold 450 shown above) or all hard plastic
doll or Child dolls, 9, 12, or 16" tall, all vinyl, sleep
eyes, closed mouth, jointed at neck, shoulders and hip, doll mark Mollye
Little Women, 8 or 12" tall, all vinyl dolls.
Doll molds 28, 450 are
attributed to Mollyes Doll company
Doll mold 210 Mollyes dressed this doll, many other doll makers also sold the dolls
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