Friday, January 17, 2014

Vintage Kewpie Dolls

Last week I found this Kewpie Doll at a local Goodwill.  She is dressed in a pink crochet dress and cap.  I thought she would be perfect for a Pink Saturday post.  She is a little over 7" tall and has the # 11 on the back of her head but no other identifying marks.  I believe she is vinyl.  She had a 99 cent price tag!  So I quickly added her to my shopping cart.

 On another shelf I was lucky to find her twin dressed in a mint green and yellow crocheted outfit.  She too had a 99 cent price tag so in my cart she went.  I brought them home, washed their clothing and gave them a bath.  The are displayed on the shelf in my studio.

According to my reading, Kewpie Dolls became popular when Rose O'Neill wrote a comic strip featuring baby cupids called Kewpies in the early 1900's.  First dolls were bisque and celluloid.  Later they were made of rubber and vinyl.  These dolls do not have the wings on their backs.

When I got the dolls home, I remembered that I had purchased two smaller Kewpies a few years ago.  I found them in my studio.  These little ones weren't dressed.  They measure 3" and 4" and are also vinyl.  You can see their wings below.

Maybe I'll add these dolls to my Valentine decorations this year since they are "Little Cupids".

I am linking to Beverly's Pink Saturday.  Please stop by here blog to see other interesting Pinks.


Sue McPeak said...

What a fun find at GW. After their bath and clothes washing they look so refreshed and certainly not their age. How interesting that your other Kewpie Dolls have WINGS. I did not know that any of them were made with wings. I'll look forward to seeing them in your Valentine Posts. Happy Pink Saturday...I'm back for PS today, too.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Great finds ! I have one and would love to find more, they are so sweet.
Happy Pink Saturday !

LV said...

You were lucky to find these cuties in such good condition. They are pricey when you can find them. My sister had one, but whatever happened to it, do not know.

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

You have an awesome Goodwill! Thanks so much for stopping by for P.S...enjoy your week,

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

They're just the sweetest! I adore those little faces.