Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"X" as in Ginny Doll X-RAY

Welcome once again to Alphabe-Thursday sponsored by Ms. Jenny at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent."  This week we are studying the letter "X" as in X-RAY.  (I know, not too original but X is a difficult letter.)
In keeping with my doll theme I will give you an abbreviated history of the Vogue Doll Company.  The company was founded by Mrs. Jennie Graves in Massachusetts.  She was a very talented sewer and in 1922 she dressed some German dolls and sold them to a Boston department store. Over the years she did well, but eventually sales declined.  At that time she decided to come up with a line of 8 inch dolls and they were released in 1946 and eventually called Ginny.

In 1948 Ginny started being made out of plastic.  Mrs. Graves had a group of home sewers making outfits for these strung plastic dolls.  In 1954 the company came out with a walking Ginny doll.  For sentimental reasons the 1954 walking Ginny is my favorite.  This particular doll had painted eyebrows and lashes and is referred to by collectors as the 1954 PLW (painted lash walker) Ginny.

Some years back someone posted an X-RAY of a walking Ginny doll on a doll list.  You can see in the X-RAY how the walker was made.
Here are a few other pictures that show how the doll is put together.  I no longer recall where these pictures came from but probably from a doll list just like the X-RAY picture.  There's no way I would ever be able to take apart a doll this way and put it back together!  This is a later doll because she does not have the painted lashes.  From 1955 on they had molded lashes.
As a child I never really had my doll walk.  It wasn't like you could give her a push and she'd walk across the room.  You kind of had to rock her and press down so her feet would move and then her head would turn.  I never found that too exciting.  I'm sure today's kids would be totally bored.

I know I've shown my childhood 1954 PLW before, but here she is again.  She's the reason 1954 is my favorite Ginny year.  Her walking mechanism is broken, but that's OK.  I wouldn't have her walking anyway.  I just want her to stand there and look cute.
I have a Pinterest board with some of the 1954 PLW Ginnys in different outfits.  I told you 1954 was my favorite year!

Now head over to Jenny's blog for a list of this week's participants. 

Thank you for visiting!


  1. Now that is cool! To see the inside of a doll via xray is an interesting sight!

  2. What a creative idea for X - very interesting...

  3. I'm pretty sure I've never seen a doll x-ray before!

  4. Ginny is cute. I've never been into dolls and taking them apart like that really gives me the creeps. Like the start of some horror movie! {:-Deb

  5. Now that I see how she was put together - I guess I have a Ginny doll and my min must of named her Posey. Very interesting and love your dolls.

    Are they going out for Halloween?

    Just stopping by to say Happy Halloween!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. An X-Ray Ginny Doll well you certainly take out the award this week for the most unusual post for Alphabe Thursday, very interesting Betty.
    Have a lovely week
    Wren x

  7. An interesting post about a doll's history !

  8. when we were young, the dolls eyes get poked into the socket and they couldn't be adjusted back.


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