I've had a couple friends who follow my blog and noticed all of the recent sales related to Vintage Vogue Ginny dolls. I decided to share an earlier doll collecting passion of mine that started long before there were Fashion Royalty or Tonner dolls.
Like so many collectors, my roots go back to vintage Barbie. She was the doll of my childhood.
Shortly after my first marriage, I found another little charmer that stole my heart. As many of my followers know, I teach elementary school. It was only a matter of time before I found those little girl dolls that looked like the children who showed up daily in my classroom.
There is a truly interesting and fascinating story behind these dolls. Like Ruth Handler was the founder of Mattel, Mrs. Jennie Graves created the "Vogue Ginny" doll. She grew up sewing for her own dolls and turned her hobby into a career. She started a "cottage industry" in Massachusetts in 1922. She hired ladies to sew the clothing and assemble the production of the dolls in their homes, returning the finished dolls for packaging and shipping to retailers across the U.S. The first "Ginny" dolls (named after her own daughter, Virginia) had painted eyes and strung bodies. They evolved into having sleep eyes and eventually into dolls that actually could walk as they are pushed along a flat surface.
The dolls I collected are from the 1951-1954 time period. I preferred the strung dolls with painted face-ups and sleep eyes. Here is a small diorama photo from my collection.
Since my second marriage, these poor little dolls have remained boxed in a closet while I play with my latest passion - Fashion Royalty. So, I sent them to live with new caregivers this summer. Although I sold most of my collection, there were a handful that I couldn't bear to part with just yet.
Just like the effect on Vintage Barbie sales when Mattel started releasing their "reproduction" line, Vogue started a similar "reproduction" line of the Ginny's a few years ago. The prices of these darling little dolls have fallen considerably. However, as I get closer to retirement, I realize more and more that it's time to pass these to the next generation of collectors.