A Valentine Fashion Ballerina doll
on her revolving
The Valentine Doll, Inc. company a
USA manufacturer of hard plastic and vinyl dolls is best known
for it's ballerina dressed dolls of the 1950s which John Landers was
Later he founded the Debbie Toy Company along
with partner Shelly Greenburg, which made vinyl dolls named Debbie and a
line of baby items.
Most of Valentine's dolls were sold thru
mail-order catalogs or other jobber sources and they appear to have supplied
dolls sold under their Happi Time line, as some
dolls have been found with their Valentine marked doll, in a Happi Time Sears box.
See the many Valentine dolls identified below.
Vintage 1950s-1960s Valentine Dolls Identified, listed by Height
Valentine Ballerina doll,
10 1/2" tall, Sears Exclusive
shipped in a Happi Time marked box, hard plastic body with vinyl
head and rooted hair, arms have a slight bend to simulate a
dancers pose when raised, various styles and colors, sleep eyes,
jointed at neck, shoulders, waist, hips and knees, high
heel feet, usually dressed in a ballerina costume; tutu and
rubber capezio like ballet slippers with ribbon ties, but also
other outfits with high heel shoes were available, some came with a
toe stand with knob so she "danced", others came
without the toe stand, doll mark
similar doll was used as Valentine's Janzen Girl which included
a 26 piece wardrobe, one of which is a ballerina
10 1/2" Ballerina doll has been seen without
the jointed knees, en point feet with molded on painted pink
slippers, same head mold, unsure who she was, is marked same as
Little Manikin doll marked 11 UVW
Ballerina doll 10 1/2"
Valentine Valentina doll, 10
1/2" tall, (similar to the doll
that Sear's used in their Happi Time line), hard plastic body,
vinyl head with rooted hair, sleep eyes, jointed at neck,
shoulders, waist, hips and knees with high heel feet,
dressed in ballerina costume; tutu with rubber capezio like
ballet slippers, plastic stand that you could place the doll's
toe into and then turn a knob and she "danced", doll marked 11VW.
Valentina doll 10
Valentine Little Mannikin
doll or Little Manikin doll,
1/2" tall, hard plastic body with vinyl head and rooted
hair, various styles and colors, sleep eyes, jointed at neck,
shoulders, elbows, wrists, waist, hips and knees with high heel
en point feet, this doll is similar to the bigger Uneeda 19-20" Dollikin, but
without the extra upper arm or ankle joints, doll
Valentine Ballerina doll,
13 - 20" tall,
hard plastic body with vinyl head and rooted
hair, usually with vinyl arms too, various styles and colors
of hair, sleep eyes, jointed at neck,
shoulders, hips, flat feet and some with jointed ankles that could wear
ballet slippers or high heel shoes, usually dressed in a ballerina
tutu with ballet slippers, marked on back Made in U.S.A Pat. Pend. Similar
face as Valentina.
Valentine Perfect Patient doll, 13" tall, vinyl head with rooted hair, hard vinyl jointed
body, sleep eyes, drink wet baby, open
mouth, doll is possibly unmarked.
Photo courtesy of Clinton
Here are some other doll makers that used this
type doll mold without the Effanbee marking with or without freckles:
Allied Grand named their doll
doll was named Linda Lou used as a mail in premium
Advertising doll who is unmarked,
Mollyes called her Perky
also unmarked, Earle Pullan sold this doll
marked Pullan and possibly other
manufacturers may have dressed and sold this doll.
Valentine LuAnn Simms doll, 14"
tall, hard plastic doll, wigged, sleep eyes, closed mouth. Other versions
of LuAnn Simms were made by Roberta
1950s LuAnn Simms
Valentine Walking Ballerina Holiday doll, 18" tall, ballerina doll with wardrobe trunk
(shown on right), sold thru Sears, consisted of the
doll with vinyl head & arms, hard plastic jointed body
with jointed knees and flex ankles, high heel feet, rooted hair usually in a
ponytail or bun style, several different hair colors may have
been available - but brunette is all we have found with paper
flowers in hair, came in a trunk with a blue, white and silver tulle
& nylon fabric tutu, two dresses; a day dress in citrus green
with an imprinted design in the fabric with black velvet ribbon
trim, melon sleeveless evening gown in taffeta with
white trim, matching panties, (backs close with white metal
donut snaps) high heel shoes, pink ballet slippers, flat black
shoes, pink nylon thigh hi's and white socks, doll marked 16VW
Holiday doll, 18"
1957 Valentine Walking Ballerina Holiday doll,
18" tall, same doll as above with a
different wardrobe, shown at the top of the ad, without the trunk or
citrus green dress, doll marked 16VW
Shown on lower right of ad is a Family of four dolls;
1957 Valentine Mother & Three children dolls (brother, sister
a baby doll),
dressed in their Sunday best matching red outfits, which we
think came in blue as well. The Mother doll is marked 2S like the dollikin's. She has a jointed body
including her twist waist, knees and ankles with high heel
feet, sleep eyes and has short curly rooted hair.
Ballerina doll 18"
Mother & family dolls
Valentine Aida Toe Dancing Ballerina
18" tall, jointed neck, shoulders, and hips with pointed
"en point feet", came dressed in a tutu,
capezio ballet slippers and flowers pinned in her hair.
Ballerina doll 18"
Valentine Good Fairy
Ballerina doll, 19" tall, vinyl head and arms (have found this head on
various dolls so they must have continued to re-use the head
mold or simply redressed the entire doll and gave her another
name, unsure as their is no documentation), rooted hair in an
up-do, hard plastic walker body, jointed at neck, shoulders, elbows, and
hips, en point feet (non-jointed ankles and on pointed toes),
wore a fairy tutu costume, fairy wings, crown, probably came
with a wand too and capezio ballet slippers.
The doll shown is in white with
silver accents but this may have come in other color outfits
Sears 1957 Valentine Walking Bride doll, 20" tall, all vinyl doll, head with rooted hair,
jointed body with walking legs and high heel feet, sleep eyes, real
eyelashes, closed mouth. Dressed in her white taffeta and lace bride gown, slip, panties,
veil, bouquet, hose and white high heel shoes. This bride doll would have come in a Sears Happi Time marked box.
Valentine Walking Bride doll ad page 186
Valentine Concertina doll & Doreena doll,
both 20" tall, vinyl head with rooted hair,
sleep eyes, closed mouth, hard plastic body jointed at neck shoulders, waist, hips, knees
and ankles, Concertina has a music box inside the body,
dressed in a ballerina tutu with pantyhose & rubber ballet
slippers. Concertina also came on a music box that played Swan Lake's "Dance, Ballerina,
Dance" song, both dolls are marked 20HH.
Doreena, besides her ballerina
tutu was sold with a wardrobe of
ca. 1961-1962 Valentine Dondi doll, 16" tall, comic strip character by Gus Edson and
Irwin Hasen that ran from 1955 to1986.
Dondi was a WWII orphan
who was adopted by a USA soldier and brought up in Midville,
Doll is all vinyl with a one piece body (also with a stuffed cloth body), black
molded hair, very distinctive thick black comma eyebrows and a big wide
open mouth with teeth, wore a red and white cotton plaid shirt with bibed
blue jean pants, doll mark V or unmarked.
1961 Dondi doll 16"
Valentine Valentina doll,
20 & 25" tall, hard plastic jointed body with soft
vinyl head, jointed at neck, shoulders, waist,
hips, knees and ankles, rooted hair, sleep eyes, open/closed
mouth, had pierced ears with pearl earrings. dressed on a
ballerina tutu with pantyhose & capezio marked
ballet slippers, doll mark 16VW (20" size)
Valentina doll 20"
Valentine Melanie doll, 20"
tall, electronic walker (works with a battery), jointed at neck, shoulders,
hips, knees and ankles and came with a wardrobe.
May have also been available thru Sears in their Happi Time
doll line, doll mark 20HH.
Melanie doll 20"
Valentine Queen for a Day doll, 20" tall, hard plastic body with a vinyl head with rooted hair,
blue sleep eyes, dressed in a beautiful white ball gown with
red velvet full length cape with faux fur trim and jeweled
tiara, jointed at neck, shoulders, hips and high heel feet doll mark 20HH. This same doll was also used in
the Holiday series, in the late 1950s, she came with a
wardrobe of clothing and a trunk, also sold through Sears
& mail order.
Queen for a
Additional Valentine Dolls not shown
Valentine Manikin doll or
20" tall, Uneeda Dollikin competitor, jointed at neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists,
waist, hips, knees
and ankles, doll is unmarked. Uneeda
Dollikin & Belle Doll
& Toys Twixie competitor, she even has clothing similar to what was
available for the Dollikin i.e. the Lotus Blossom outfit.
Valentine Sis-Teen doll or
Ballerina doll, 24-25"
tall, jointed at neck, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles,
pierced ears with rhinestone earrings.
Valentine Winken, Blinken and Nod dolls set of three, 10" tall, vinyl head
with molded painted hair, painted eyes, open or closed mouths, one piece
magic skin or latex body jointed only at the neck, dolls are unmarked.
Each doll has a different facial expression to match dolls name, wore a
one piece full length flannel nightgown with dolls, also included in the
box was a card with the poem.
Debbie Ann mannequin or manikin doll,
30" tall, Playpal type, vinyl head with molded blonde painted hair, blue sleep eyes
with real upper eyelashes, painted lower lashes, closed mouth with
slightly upturned lip corners, vinyl arms, jointed at the neck,
shoulders and hips, hard plastic body and straight legs, doll marked D.
This doll was sometimes used as a Mannequin modeling children's clothing
in department stores.
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