The Austin Doll Collectors Society is an organization of antique, vintage, and modern doll collectors, dealers, and artisans. We meet on the first Monday of each month and our meetings are fun and educational. We begin with refreshments and socializing, and, following our brief business meeting, there is a special doll-related program and "show and tell." The Austin Doll Collectors Society is a nonprofit organization and is a member of the United Federation of Doll Clubs.

Monday, September 4, 2017

August 7, 2017, Meeting

 Member Sallie Howard gave a program on 10.5 inch tall fashion dolls.

She explained that these dolls first became popular in 1957 with the introduction of Cissette by Madame Alexander.  Many companies produced little fashion ladies in this size range, including Toni by American Character, Coty Girl by Arranbee, Little Miss Ginger by Cosmopolitan, Little Miss Debutante by Eegee, Cindy by Horsman, Miss Nancy Ann by Nancy Ann Storybook, and Jill by Vogue.

An example of Cissette.

This is Coty Girl with her original box.  Like Little Miss Revlon and Toni, Coty Girl was part of an advertising campaign.

These are example of Little Miss Revlon dolls.

The doll in striking stripes is an example of Toni.  

Companies often produced the same outfit in different sizes to create mother and daughter pairs.

Vogue created Jill, who is dressed for the hop and her brother Jeff, in the cowboy outfit.

Fashion dolls in this size range are still being produced.  Madame Alexander has reissued Cissette as a fashion doll (example below) and Robert Tonner created Tiny Kitty Collier.

Other members displayed examples from their collections.

Pam Wolf, who attended the 2017 United Federation of Doll Clubs Convention, gave a short report on the convention and showed some of the dolls and gifts she acquired there.

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