The 1950s are often considered an idealistic era, and the dolls and toys produced during the decade were no exception. Children’s dolls used to be of high quality, and as a result, many of the dolls from that era are now highly collectible.
#1: Madame Alexander Cissy
There is nothing quite as exquisite as Madame Alexander Cissy. Released in the early 1950s, Cissy was 21 inches tall, with a feminine figure and elegant clothing. There are many collectors who are very passionate about this doll. As a result, a “mint” Cissy can fetch several thousand dollars at auction.
#2: Ginny Fashion
There are few dolls that have attracted the kind of following that Vogue Ginny inspires. Outrageously popular when it was introduced around 1950, this doll is an eight-inch “little boy’s doll,” which means she has the plump figure and adorable face of a little boy. Today, Ginny is incredibly popular with collectors.
#3: Madame Alejandro Elise
Fashion doll collectors know that the first Madame Alexander Elise, introduced in 1957, is a very unique doll. Elise, at 16 inches tall, had jointed ankles and as a result frequently dressed as a ballerina. However, she also arrived in very fashionable street dresses, pantsuits and formal dresses. Today, Elise’s street and formal dresses are the most desired of her outfits.
#4: Nancy Ann’s Storybook Muffie
Muffie has a different face than most other eight-inch dolls, with wide-set eyes, pouty lashes, and full lips. Although she was one of Vogue Ginny’s competitors, she is more than just an imitation; she has earned her own place on collectors’ shelves and usually commands a price as high (or higher) than Ginny’s.
#5: Madame Alexander Cissette
A miniature (and more affordable) version of the glamorous Cissy, Cissette boasts a gorgeous wardrobe of streetwear, opera gowns with matching coats, formal dresses, and elegant pantsuits. Her size may be small, just nine inches, but she has huge collector appeal!
#6: Madame Alexander Wendy/Alexander-Kins
First known as Wendy, and later renamed Alexander-Kins, this doll is Madame Alexander’s response to the fashion for toddler dolls of the early 1950s. These eight-inch dolls have Chinese complexions, full lips, and Hundreds of different outfits to keep collectors busy.
#7: Madame Alexander Maggie
Perhaps Madame Alexander’s most beloved face is that of Maggie, the face that was on many “tween” dolls during the 1950s. Maggie wore a variety of outfits, from classic 1950s gowns to bridal and bridesmaid dresses. honor, but almost all of the ones Maggie did have become instant favorites.
#8: Nancy Lee/Nanette Arranbee
Few dolls during the 1950s could compete with the superior quality of Madame Alexander, but Arranbee was one of them. With their sweet expressions, “puppy tail” hairstyles, adorable school gowns and beautiful formal gowns, Arranbee Nancy Lee and Nanette dolls are beloved by many collectors.
#9: Ideal Miss Revlon
Perhaps one of the best known fashion dolls of the late 1950s is Miss Revlon from Ideal. Miss Revlon spawned many look-alike fashion dolls, including Horsman’s Cindy, American Character’s Toni, and dozens of cheaper imitations. However, for many collectors, Miss Revlon is the quintessential pre-Barbie fashion doll.
#10: Cosmopolitan Ginger
Although often considered a “Ginny knockoff” and therefore only costing a fraction of the price of a Ginny doll, Cosmopolitan’s Ginger has developed a following in its own right. Ginger dolls can be of the same quality as Ginny or Muffie, and are known for their sweet faces and detailed outfits.
The 1950s was a decade of beautiful, high-quality dolls. Although there are many exceptional dolls not listed here, these are the ones that most 1950s doll collectors strive to represent in their collections.