The Famous Ballerina Dolls Of Valentine Doll Incorporated
One of the oldest doll makers in the US is the Valentine Doll, Inc., which was famous for its vinyl and hard plastic ballerina dolls in the 1950s. The company was founded by John Landers who also established Debbie Toy Company with partner Shelly Greenburg. The latter was known for its baby product line and vinyl dolls. Most of the dolls from Valentine’s were sold only through catalogs for mail order. The company had also supplied products for Sear under their toy line named Happi Time.
Some of the dolls that were marketed by Valentine were mostly dressed with ballerina’s tutu. Here is a list of Valentine’s dolls that were popular from the 1950s to the 1960s:
Marked with 11VW on its back, this doll is made of hard plastic body and measured 10.5 inches tall. It is also similar to Sear’s marketed doll in the Happi Time doll line. The doll has rooted hair on its vinyl head and has jointed shoulders, neck, hips, waist, and knees. Wearing a tutu with rubber ballet slippers, the doll also came with a plastic stand wherein it will rotate to make its ballet dance.
2) Little Mannikin (1958)
Still made of hard plastic body, marked with 11VW, and measured 10.5 inches, this doll came in different styles and colors. It featured a vinyl head with rooted hair, sleep eyes, and jointed body parts. The design was similar to the Dollikin dolls of Uneeda.
3) LuAnn Simms (1950s)
The 14-inch tall doll is made of hard plastic and featured a closed mouth, sleep eyes, and mohair wig. The companies Roberta and Horsman also had their versions of LuAnn Simms.
4) Doreena and Concertina
Both dolls measure 20 inches and have rooted hair on their vinyl head. The dolls featured sleep eyes and hard jointed plastic bodies. The Concertina doll also has a music box which played the song “Dance, Ballerina Dance” of the Swan Lake while Doreena comes with a set of wardrobe aside from her tutu. Both are also indicated with the marking “20HH”.
5) Queen for a Day
Also marked with “20HH”, this doll stands at 20 inches tall which features blue sleep eyes and a rooted vinyl head. She wears a white ball gown with red velvet cape and a tiara.
These are just some of Valentine’s dolls which became popular and are now sought-after vintage pieces. The ballerina dolls can be acquired from auction sites and in doll conventions which may be pricey due to its rarity.