|Circa 1940s 28-inch hard plastic Rita Walker by Paris Doll Corporation; when the doll's legs are moved in a walking motion, her head turns from side to side. She remains one of my top-favorite hard plastic dolls.|
After recently taking updated photographs of my 28-inch Rita Walker doll by Paris Doll Corporation (circa 1940s), I noticed another hard plastic, head-turning walker doll's head was loose. I had attempted to repair her some time ago, but my repair was shoddily done. I decided to take her to the resident doll doctor to allow him to properly restring her.
|17-inch head-turning walker, made in England with loose head|
He said, "She'll have to reschedule." So I left her in the capable doctors care until he could find time to complete the repairs.
|She's all better and her wait for treatment was not as long as expected.|
The very next morning upon entering the doll room with a cup of Hazelnut Teecino and two cinnamon graham crackers, I found her lying on my desk along with the package of elastic, already repaired. I smiled.
|"My head is no longer loose and I am as good as new."|
The doll is seen two additional times on page 126 of Baird's book as illustrated below:
|17-inch Knee Joint Doll, marked "Rosebud' on back of neck, "Made in England" across shoulders, mid 1950s.|
The doll in the book has amber eyes. Other described attributes are the same as my doll's. She is said to have been made in the mid 1950s along with a white counterpart. Some dolls that use this mold will bear the name "Rosebud" on the neck and "Made in England" across the shoulders/back. My doll does not have Rosebud on the neck, but as Baird indicates in the introduction:
It is quite possible my doll was a store exclusive or other special-order doll. Upon examining her neck once again for the manufacturer's mark, I found a scratched or etched away area, which may be where Rosebud was formerly located.
With my Rosebud Knee Joint Doll's restringing properly completed, she is now redressed in her white knit undergarments, dress, socks and shoes, and replacement wig. She is back on display with other similar dolls, feeling and looking so much better!
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