Vintage Vogue Dolls
Vintage Vogue Dolls were produced by Vogue Dolls Inc, an American toy manufacturer of children’s dolls.
History & Description
The company was founded in 1922 when Jennie H. Graves established Ye Olde Vogue Doll Shoppe in her hometown of Somerville, Massachusetts. From these humble beginnings, the company grew into the largest doll manufacturer in the world.
The company is best known for their 8” tall Ginny dolls which were first produced in 1948 and were named after Mrs Graves’ daughter, Virginia. The Ginny dolls came with a variety of clothes and accessories and by 1957 over five million dollars per year were achieved in sales.
Vogue dolls were made of a number of materials, including bisque, rubber, celluloid, vinyl, composition and hard plastic.
The Vogue name was sold to the Tonka Corporation in 1972.
Guide for collectors
Auction records show that the Ginny line is the most sought after by collectors while the second most popular are the Baby Dear dolls.
Vogue dolls are occasionally sold through national auction houses but are frequently advertised on eBay.
There are a number of Vogue dolls collectors’ clubs and organisations on the Internet which are a valuable source of information. A few good examples include; Vogue Dolls, 41 Vogue and Vogue Jill.
Notable auction sales
On March 19th 2012, a matched pair of Toddles and Sunshine Vogue dolls, circa 1940s, was sold on eBay for $987.77.
On April 22nd 2012, a vintage Tiny Miss Wanda Vogue doll, circa 1953, was sold on eBay for $975.
On March 15th 2012, a vintage Tiny Miss Ginny Vogue doll, circa 1951, was sold on eBay for $895.
On July 31st 2004 at Lambe Rene Auction in Richard, Massachusetts, a vintage Tiny Miss Ginny Vogue doll, circa 1952, realised a price of $750.
On July 31st 2004 at Lambe Rene Auction in Richmond, Massachusetts, a vintage Tiny Miss Ginny Vogue doll, circa 1950s, realised a price of $550.
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