Before Robert Tonner bought the Anne Estelle character, she looked a bit different. She was 14" tall and a hollow plastic with painted eyes...she fashioned by Mary Englebright after a book character she created.
I brightened her paint and gave her real lashes.
She is all original with a few tweaks from me.
This is the Robert Tonner version in the 10" size.
I gave this doll to my youngest daughter in 1998. You bought them in bags and then stuffed and dressed them yourself. I couldn't find a brunette back then to go with her blue eyes so had to settle for a blonde. After my daughter outgrew her, she gave the doll back to me...time for some updating.
I have a great sister who looks out for dolls. She never knows what she has when she finds them. I really lucked out when she brought in two dolls one evening. She had gone to a thrift store and got me a Magic Attic and a Bitty Baby as part of a bag sale...WAY TO GO SIS!!!!
Tonight for a relaxer I tackled the Magic Attic. She had a loose arm but I was not very successful in making it tighter but I don't look for it to fall off any time soon...when it does I will do both arms.
When sis brought her to me she was nekked.
On a doll list I belong to, one of the ladies there gave me an original outfit for this particular MA doll... So for months she sat like that...
till tonight when I decided to play
scrubbed her up and took off her wig. It was kind of dry and I thought of doing the boiling water dip and might try that yet, but decided to go whole hog and change her hair. I used sharpie markers to outline the eyes and accent her lips...then some regular make up blush...I used a clear sealer where I used the Sharpie
Played around with a couple wigs and really liked how that set her off...then glued it on and redressed her...I love her even more.
The doll that I find to be the most adorable out there is made by Dianna Effner and her associates. It is called Little Darling and is only 13" tall. Not a fashion doll but a little girl. I wanted one so bad. They have a long waiting list and a backlog as they are handpainted. I wrote to the company and asked about other options. I was offered a convention model for far less then the hand paint. I jumped at it and that is how I came to have "Mary Jo".
Well was I satisfied? Nope. Factory paints don't have the depth and character of the hand painted ones... so I painted mine.