|Madame Alexander Cynthia 1952|
Made for one year only, in 1952, the Madame Alexander doll company introduced their Cynthia doll in three sizes: 15-inches (stock #1530), 18 inches (#1830) and the elusive 23-inch doll (#2330 ). The dolls wore pastel organdy dresses with ruffles and lace trim and coordinating ribbon sashes. Cynthia uses the Margaret sculpt. In the 1952 company catalog, the doll is described:
New and timely. Beautifully dressed colored doll. Unbreakable plastic body. Moving eyes. Hair that you can wash and rearrange. Three sizes. (http://www.dollphotos.com/albums/a-album/alexander/a-catalogs/1952/1952-madame-alexander-catalog-03.jpg)
My search for Cynthia in any size, with hopes of finding all three, began during the late 1990s. After a several-year attempt to complete the collection of three, my dolls arrived, one by one in size order.
|15-inch Madame Alexander Cynthia #1530 wears replica of the original dress.|
|The original hair clip is illustrated in this image.|
After telephoning the seller, and inquiring about the doll's availability, I was informed, "yes," followed by the seller's assessment that Madame Alexander made "dress me" versions of the doll. The seller included a nice letter with Cynthia which is shared next:
Sept. 7, 2001
Enclosed is the Alexander Cynthia doll which you ordered from me thru the Collectors United publication.
I hope you are happy with her; but should you not be pleased, just give me a call & send her back for a refund. Having purchased 3 other Cynthias from the same lady over a period of 10-12 years, all of which had only original panties, shoes & socks, I've come to the conclusion that these dolls were probably sold with or without clothing as were so many Alexanders at that time. I well remember buying several 8-in Alex's and a Cissette for my daughter in the early 50's. These dolls were sold with panties, shoes & socks & the Cissette with stockings, shoes & a little Teddy undergarment. Since this lady had several dressed the same, I expect she bought them at discounted prices if they were not selling well in the area where she lived. Alexander sold boxed outfits in that time period.
So, anyway, enjoy if you like her, but don't hesitate to return if you don't.
Thanks for your order
I purchased a doll trunk for Cynthia #1530. The above shared letter remains stored in the lower drawer of the trunk.
|15-inch Cynthia stands alone in her doll trunk with her wardrobe of fashions made especially for her.|
|18-inch, style #1830 Madame Alexander Cynthia|
The 18-inch doll arrived in June 2008 having also been purchased through Collectors United. The doll was in near mint condition wearing her original pale pink, Madame Alexander-tagged dress with clear vinyl shoes with pink ribbon ankle ties. The seller believed the shoes were made by Madame Alexander. (I am not sure this is true). The fibers of her restyled hair remain silky.
|23-inch Madame Alexander Cynthia, #2330 scraped her left leg!|
Four years passed before the most elusive Cynthia was located in September 2012. One of the doll's legs had paint rubs that someone had begun to poorly repair. Because of this flaw, she was priced to sell. My plan to repair the leg remained on my agenda until I finally completed this task recently. Before and after photos are shared of the steps taken to repair Cynthia's leg.
|The damage to be repaired is shown above.|
|Burnt Sienna acrylic paint was a close match to Cynthia's complexion.|
|A makeup sponge was used to apply thin layers of paint with each layer allowed to dry before applying the next. The paint was sealed with matte varnish.|
Sixty-two years after being introduced to the doll market, the girls are happy to be together. They posed for one final photo.
I am able to store the 15- and 18-inch dolls in the doll truck I purchased for the smallest doll. I would love to find a doll trunk that can accommodate all three.