Miriam makeba doll

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Japanese dolls with big eyes popular in 1960s and 1970s

These type of dolls are well known as Bradley pose dolls, or musical dolls, also called Southern belle (with stand or music box). Bradley imported these type of dolls from Korea and Japan for the American market. Not many people know that the name 'Bradley pose dolls' makes no sense in New Zealand. The N.Z Agent Miles Rybond Agencies LTD from Christchurch   imported these dolls from Japan to New Zealand in 1960s and 1970; also marked  as WEBB. The tag on 1960s import was looking different.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Bride doll made in Japan in the late 1960s- late 1970s

Tag: Wind up musical fashion doll. Revolves on stand as music box plays tune.

This type of doll was known as a "doll with big eyes" made in Japan in the late 1960s to early1970s - which influenced the Bratz doll production in the late 1990s. We have completed our research on imported dolls from Japan. Read more about their popularity in New Zealand in our next post.

About bride dolls: they were also very popular in NZ from 1950s to1990s. We have not completed our research about the significance of a bride doll in the NZ doll history.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Franklin Heirloom dolls Ladies' Home Journal centennial 1984 collection

This is an example of Franklin  Heirloom dolls Ladies' Home Journal (American magazine) centennial 1984 collection. Fine porcelain; height  48cm.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Queen Victoria by Franklin Mint made in 1983

This is an example of queen Victoria  porcelain doll.
Edition: Queens of England Series by The Franklin Mint. Collection 1983.
Height 45 cm.

Certificate of Authenticity - Victoria Regina
This is to certify that Victoria Regina is an portrait doll crafted in fine fine bisque porcelain, hand-painted and costumed in a hand-tailored gown. It is further certified that this doll is available exclusively from Franklin Heirloom Dolls, by direct application only. Sep 6 1983 Certified
For Franklin Heirloom Dolls Whitney Anne Smith, Director (signature).