Vintage Effanbee Dolls
In 1910, Bernard Fleischaker and Hugo Baum, who operated neighboring shops on Atlantic City's boardwalk, combined resources to open the Effanbee Doll Company. The company went through several owners before being brought out by Tonner Doll Company. Many of the original vintage dolls have Effanbee stamped on the back of their heads or on their shoulder plates.What were some of the earliest dolls made by Effanbee?
Effanbee marketed its Effanbee Baby Dainty doll from 1912 to 1929. Effanbee made closed-and-open mouth versions of this doll, which feature a German bisque-style head and shoulders over a soft cloth body. Doll collectors often look for Baby Dainty dolls that still have their original pacifiers. The earliest composition production models were marked Effanbee Dolls Walk Talk Sleep while later models were marked Effanbee Baby Dainty. The company also released a 15-inch composition Billy boy doll at the same time that featured a bisque-style head with a puckered mouth placed over a cloth-stuffed body with discs at the hips.What are Effanbee composition dolls?
In the 1920s, Effanbee marketed composition dolls that were made from a combination of sawdust and glue along with other materials. These Effanbee dolls feature a German-bisque-style head. Effanbee made several versions of this cloth-stuffed doll that stood either 14 inches or 20 inches tall with a grumpy expression on its flange head.Which baby doll did Effanbee produce most?
From 1923 to 1946, Effanbee produced its Patsy baby doll, made as either a Caucasian or an African-American. The earliest Patsy doll had no company stamp, but later Patsy dolls were stamped on the back of the head. All Patsy dolls are 14 inches tall, and the first one in this series of Patsy dolls has composition five piece jointed bodies. Patsy had a family, which included her boyfriend Skippy, the Mae Starr doll that could recite six nursery rhymes, the Patsy Ann doll featuring tin or glass eyes, and the Patsy Lou who had Mohawk hair.How do you choose vintage Effanbee dolls?
- Choose by material or doll type: Some people choose one type of baby doll, such as those made with composition, vinyl, or hard plastic whereas others choose one particular family of dolls.
- Consider original or reproduction: Many of the first-release Effanbee dolls have been released again by Tonner Doll Company as collector editions starting in 1979.
- Decide whether they're for play or for your collection: Think about why you are getting these dolls. If they are for display, think about where you are going to display your collection so that your Effanbee dolls are clearly visible.
- Look for all parts and accessories: The Effanbee dolls should have all their parts still present. Some people look specifically for Effanbee dolls that still have their other Effanbee doll accessories, such as blankets or pacifiers.