Effanbee dolls have been a part of children and collector's lives for over 100 years, and many are considered antique. Effanbee dolls were in high demand in the early part of the 20th century, and vintage dolls are still around. These dolls were well-known for being the first doll to be realistically proportioned.How do you identify an Effanbee doll?
There are no specific distinguishing characteristics that can be used to identify an Effanbee doll. Effanbee has changed production techniques multiple times over the years, meaning the dolls could be made from composition, hard vinyl, rubber, and hard plastic. Vintage-era Effanbee dolls can range from 5 to 30 inches in size. Effanbee has also produced notable dolls with the likeness of American celebrities, including John Wayne, Judy Garland, W.C. Fields, and Babe Ruth.How do you care for an Effanbee doll?
Effanbee dolls can be kept in a location such as a shelf or glass cabinet and are most suitable for display in a location where they can't gather dust. If you want to spruce up the look of your doll by cleaning or restoring it, this is simple to do:
- Composition: Never use water. Composition material should be cleaned with liquid kitchen wax on all parts except the face and hair. Small drops of sewing machine cleaner can be used to clear up foggy eyes. Dampen a cloth with the cleaning fluid; never apply it directly to the doll.
- Hard vinyl: Vinyl parts can be cleaned on the surface with gentle soap and water but never submerged. Again, a cloth should be dampened with soap and water and used to rub the doll. After drying, these parts can be rubbed with baby powder to enhance the appearance.
- Plastic: Mild soap and water can be used to clean hard plastic so long as the material is only surface-cleaned and not completely submerged. A toothbrush can be used to clean hard-to-reach corners without damaging the surface.
The Effanbee Doll Company was originally founded in New York City in 1912. Founders Bernard Fleischaker and Hugo Baum originally owned neighboring shops on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. At first, their shops sold toys that were made for them until they eventually began making composite parts. The original name of the company was Fleischaker and Baum, but by 1915, had become known as Effanbee. The name Effanbee is shorthand for F and B, which represents the first letter of both founder's last name.What type of Effanbee dolls are there?
With over 100 years of history, it is no surprise that there are several different types of Effanbee dolls that have been created. These include:
- Dydee Baby
- Little Lady
- Ann Shirley