New Era Toy & Novelty Antique Dolls
Very little is known of the New Era Toy & Novelty Company who was located at 325 Academy Street, in Newark, New Jersey and may have only been in business in 1921. New Era Toy & Novelty made all composition cherub type doll figurines named The Kimball Kids – DOLLS WITH A PUNCH, reads their June 1921 advertisement in Playthings magazine.
(shown left) New Era Toy & Novelty Kimball Kid Boxer Boy doll, is 9″ tall, all composition, jointed only at the shoulders, painted molded brownish red hair, single stroke painted eyebrows, painted upper eye lashes, large painted side glancing googly eyes, close mouth, molded painted clothing of a sleeveless black tank top, red shorts, blue socks and painted black shoes. Per his ad his clothing came in six different painted colors.
The molded painted brown boxing gloves on each of his hands should help to identify him, as we have not seen another doll with this feature, also he is posed with the right leg in front of the other in a boxing like stance, doll is unmarked.
1921 New Era Toy & Novelty The Kimball Girl doll, 11″ tall, all composition, jointed only at the shoulders, molded painted blonde short hair, single stroke painted eyebrows, painted upper eyelashes, large painted side glancing googly eyes, closed mouth.
Painted molded sleeveless dress in blue, but came in six different colors, legs are molded together, painted black boots, right hand is in a fist, left hand is holding a molded painted orange ball with black lines, doll is unmarked.
1921 New Era Toy & Novelty ad, Kimball Kid The Flirt doll, 11-16″ tall, dressed in silk metal cloth, trimmed with the finest silk and metal braid. English Mohair Wig, silk veil.
1921 New Era Toy & Novelty Company ad, Kimball Kid Cherie doll, 14″ or 16″, Charmante “CHERIE” La Bébé des boulevards, the coquettes of the charming Parisian, mohair wigs with curls, dressed in chiffon dress and pantalettes with crepe finish.