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Toni - an Ideal Doll from the 1950s
Baby Boomers Remember Their Toni Doll Fondly
The Toni doll by the Ideal Doll Company came out in 1949. It was a few years later, that my sister received her Toni doll for Christmas. I had a ballet doll but developed a strong preference for my sister's Toni doll. She wouldn't trade, but I did get to play with her now and then.
My mother created a whole wardrobe one Christmas for the Toni doll using scraps of curtain material and odd bits of trim from her sewing stash. My sister still has the doll and she is in good condition even though fifty years has passed since the Toni doll was new. She has a place of honor on the bureau in my sister's bedroom.
(photo of my sister's Toni doll taken by Karen Kolavalli)
My Sister's Toni Doll Was Named Belinda
Here's Belinda in one of the dresses my mother made for her. I think it gives her a Lara from Dr. Zhivago look. Mom didn't have any patterns to make the dresses, she just measured and cut and sewed to magically produce a doll dress. It was a secret, so she had to work at odd times on the clothes to have the wardrobe done by Christmas.
That was the Christmas that we were all making presents for each other. Can you imagine helping six children make gifts for each other. Where did she find the time to fashion all these outfits for Belinda?
I liked this blue dress a lot, but she also had a Cinderella style dress of off-white brocade trimmed with lace.
The Toni Doll Was Popular at the Same Time as This Shirley Temple Doll by Ideal
The Toni doll had similar characteristics (size, hair, etc.).
1950s Doll Commercial on YouTube for the Shirley Temple Doll
Example of a Toni Doll Advertisement
Delight Your Little Girl with a Toni Doll
Every little girl is a mother at heart. That's why she has a world of fun caring for her darling doll... putting her doll to sleep... dressing her up... and above all caring for her hair. There's sheer delight in shampooing the doll's hair and giving her a play wave.
No wonder the Toni doll... with magic nylon hair you can actually shampoo, wave and style -- has become the doll that's first on Santa's list.
Just as the Toni doll is the best loved doll, Tonette is the world's best loved children's home permanent. Because every little girl's hair "takes" and holds a lovely wave with Tonette, by Toni.
Ideal Dolls Like Toni Are Popular with Doll Collectors
Ideal made other dolls besides the Toni doll. Check out the value of these vintage dolls.
When you go to buy one on eBay or another site, consult this guide for the value to see if you are getting a good buy.
The Toni Doll from Our Childhood
Here's Toni in Her Dress Made by My Mother
from the family photo album
Sorry, Sis, for showing you in your hair curlers. There's the Toni doll under the Christmas tree. She's wearing the ivory satin dress with lace overskirt that Mom made for her. It's a beautiful outfit that Marie Antoinette would have been proud of.
(photo from the Martin family album)
Toni Dolls - My Family PhotosClick thumbnail to view full-size
More about the Toni Doll by Ideal
Pin by Zazzle: My Heart Belongs To TONI by ilovemyshirt
- Toni Doll Clothing
Toni Doll Clothing Like That of The Early 1950's Cowgirl Outfits is a Sentimental Reminder of The Parades and Rodeos of The Western States With The Bevy of Cowgirl Beauties Riding Horses and Floats. Click on this site to read more about Toni doll clo
Make Your Own Doll Clothes for a Toni Doll
You'll find books like this on Amazon for making doll clothes. There are some for knitting outfits for a doll too.
If you want your own Toni doll,
check out the auctions I feature below.
A Toni Doll on Display (my photo)
More Articles by Virginia Allain about Toni Dolls
- Finding Toni Doll Clothes
Owners of Toni dolls like to find original outfits from the 1950s for their vintage doll. Besides dresses, there are hats and shoes for this doll. Here are tips for finding these for different sizes.
- Make Doll Clothes - Getting Ideas
It's fun making doll clothes from odds and ends, but where do you start? Here are ideas for making clothes for a doll, including some no-sew outfits. Have fun!
- Toni Doll Fashion Parade
Toni dolls look great not just in the original 1950s little girl fashions. Try more modern outfits for her and experiment with a variety of looks, even some princess costumes.
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