Honey dolls were very popular dolls in their time.
Honey dolls and Honey walker dolls were made from 1948 to 1957. In 1948 to 1949 the dolls were made of composition. By 1950 Honey dolls were made of hard plastic. In 1952 Honey dolls began to have walker mechanisms. (This tells me the two dolls pictured in this blog were made between 1952 and 1957 because they both have walker mechanisms.) Over the years, the dolls were made with three types of hair: human hair, mohair and synthetic.
This little girl has a synthetic hair wig.
This little girl has a mohair wig.
I consulted 4 vintage doll books to get a list of sizes these dolls came in. (See book list below.) However, no two books contained all the same list. So——here are the sizes the four books listed: 12 in., 14 in. 15 in., 16 in, 17 ½ in., 18 in., 24 in., and 25 in. (The two pictured here are 14 inch dolls.)
These dolls, even given their age, have many years of play left in them because of the durability of hard plastic.
Effanbee’s name came from its founder’s names: Fleischaker and Baum. They morphed F and B into Effanbee. The company was founded in 1910. The company was sold many times over the years and was finally sold to Tonner Doll Company in 2002.
For More on the History of Effanbee
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To get the pattern for these dresses, click on Patterns on the top of the homepage.
Hard Plastic Dolls By Polly and Pam Judd
Baby-Boomer Dolls By Michele Karl
Dolls and Accessories of the 1950’s By Dian Zillner
Effanbee: dolls that touch your heart By Patricia Smith