Sunday, February 14, 2010

Moments in Black Doll History - Vogue Ginny and Ginny Types

My Kinder Crowd Ginny, Ginger, and Party Fashion Ginny, 2006 reproductions of vintage Ginny

Black Ginny dolls by Vogue date back to the early 1950s, first appearing as a hard plastic, 7-1/2 inch, toddler.  A beautiful version of the 1954 My First Corsage #62 Ginny can be seen at Kaylee's Corner.  An image of this doll is also featured in Black Dolls: A Comprehensive Guide to Celebrating, Collecting, and Experiencing the Passion, page 65, courtesy of Kaylee's Corner.  My First Corsage #62 Ginny is described as follows:

This Ginny is an outstanding example of a very rare black Ginny produced for only a few years, 1953 as a strung, and 1954 as a walker, and, in a very limited supply.  The Corsage series was a high quality, popular one.  Each fancy outfit came with its own corsage in a plastic cylinder container.  The dress also has a pretty lace petticoat with satin trim as part of the outfit.  The trim on her hat matches the corsage in box.  She wears plastic side-snap, flat-heeled shoes.

1950s hard plastic, head-turning walker, Pam, by Fortune

During the 1950s, Fortune Dolls, Plated Molded Arts (PMA), Virga, and other companies produced their versions of hard plastic, Ginny-type dolls, but Ginny has remained "America's Sweetheart."


Mini Ginnys from 2007 (Party Time, Yummy Bears and Happy Days) gather as 2009 Dress Me Ginny shares a secret.

Throughout her existence, Ginny has ranged in size from 7-1/2 inches to 8 inches. Her body styles have changed from chubby, to slim, and back to chubby again. There are now 5-inch mini Ginnys as well. Reportedly, a new AA male will enter the line this year along with the first African American Crib Crowd doll.

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  1. I love these MIBDH. Very interesting!

  2. Thank you for the information on Ginny dolls. I think they are very cute. I am also enjoying your blogs on moments in black doll history.


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