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Ask your questions and post your answers here about doll repairs.
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Hi. I am trying to identify a doll that was made in the late 1940's to early 1950's. She is a walking doll and appears to be made of hard plastic. Her face is a softer material, vinyl or rubber? It has become sticky and I would like information on cleaning or restoring it. Also, the rubber band that connected her arms has broken, so I assume I need a reputable person to repair her? My mother was born in 1947 and the doll was a gift to her when she was a very little girl, so I am guessing at the age.

Any help one can provide will be greatly appreciated. She has been a treasured member of our family for many years.


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Hi. I am trying to identify a doll that was made in the late 1940's to early 1950's. She is a walking doll and appears to be made of hard plastic. Her face is a softer material, vinyl or rubber? It has become sticky and I would like information on cleaning or restoring it. Also, the rubber band that connected her arms has broken, so I assume I need a reputable person to repair her? My mother was born in 1947 and the doll was a gift to her when she was a very little girl, so I am guessing at the age.

Any help one can provide will be greatly appreciated. She has been a treasured member of our family for many years.



Hi Marnie, Welcome to our doll forum, thank you for your post.


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Hi Marnie....
Your doll has a head of the very early vinyl which tends to seep and over time will form a sticky residue.  Fortunately, it is very easy to clean.  Use a soft scrub bathroom cleaner......avoid the brows or any painted areas.  Rub gently....apply in small area.....on back of neck until you are confident that you are not doing damage.  Wipe with a moist cloth.    Arms are very easy to restring.  Find some round elastic.....cut a length a little over double the width of chest and arms.   Loop elastic through the hook on one arm........insert both ends of the cord through to body to the other side.....then through the remaining arm.  Tie the cord as if you are knotting.............pull it as tight as you can.......then knot.  Arms should be snugly in place. If you are insecure about your first repair.......solicit a friend to hold the doll while you work on her.  Dolls from this era are generally very sturdy.

If there are any words, letters or numbers on the back of the neck of your doll.....or on her back.......please post them and will attempt to help identify.
Good luck!
Pam

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Thank you so much for your help! I'll let you know how it goes.

I have searched the entire doll and the only marking I found was the Cinderella stamp on the bottom of her shoe. I've not checked for tags in her clothing. She still has all pieces to her original outfit.

Thanks again!
Marnie

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If you have a photo you can post......perhaps.....just maybe......someone might recognize her.  Even the original clothing may help identify her.
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Marnie.....
P.S.     The Cinderella marking on her shoe.......manufacturer of shoes. 

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