Saucy Walker 22" By IDEAL Toy Corp.
Her Childhood Doll
Memory Name is "Cathy" named by Pamela, her loving
owner who has contacted us to restore her and list her in
hopes of a loving home for her.
She came to us
with a ponytail with the IDEAL band that had disintegrated
and her hair did not show any signs of being once in braids as
it was straight hair. We have fashioned her clothing after the
IDEAL Book Photo of the ponytail doll. I have given to
her my cherished childhood Saucy Walker Doll's Pinafore which
my own mother so lovingly kept safe for me all these
years. Cathy has won my heart as she is so adorable and
so loved by her previous owner.
Walker Dolls, and we have had many over the years as you can
see from our rather huge web site, have never been marked
IDEAL DOLL/W22. All of them have been marked IDEAL DOLL
on the head and on the back. I have seen a couple of
regular looking Saucy Walker Dolls in the book also shown to reflect
the markings of "W22". This is very interesting to
me because out of hundreds of IDEAL Saucy Walker dolls we have
restored inside and out not once have I come across that
"W22" on the head or the back.
similar that we have seen of course, are the two 25"
Saucy Walker dolls that we had with "W25" (See explanation
below) and the
vinyl head Saucy Walker with "W23". I might add that
one of the rare "W25" "Big Sister" Saucy Walker dolls we
still have, only has IDEAL on her head and came to us with an
"IDEAL DOLL" marking on the back of a Saucy Walker 22" body
with a "Big Sister" type original dress on her. Go figure?
I am thinking
this "Big Sister" doll , mentioned above, is a doll
created by the factory in a hurry or merely because the body
that head should have had was not available. The reason
I think this is because on the neck, the marking IDEAL is to
the left of the neck and on the right side is a factory
smoothed out area with nothing marked there where the
"W25" should have been. We still have her
head with perfect make-up still on her and because we remain
in a state of shock at this find. However, because we
early on thought she would not sell we have used her for parts I could write a book for
sure about what we have seen coming through here that is not
according to the books but are factory made and "Off The
amazing that we also have seen a Saucy Walker doll
with"SW23" on her vinyl head but with bendable knees
as only the POSIE doll is suppose to have had. She had
not been tampered with as far as switching heads which we
could have noticed easily enough. So far she is the only
one we have seen like that.
The IDEAL book
shows the ponytail doll as having the "W22" marking.
Cathy, being listed on this page has IDEAL DOLL on her neck and back. Collectors
may need to know that in the 50's, Major Doll Companies only worried about filling orders back then,
they did not fret about the
tiny details in markings as collectors are doing today. If there was a need
because of the lack of supply availability, it is highly possibly
that they used
other IDEAL Saucy Walker Parts, and similar wigs. We know
this to be true in the use of Saucy Doll wigs as there are
many POSIE wigs used on the regular Saucy Walker doll once the
POSIE doll changed to a vinyl head. Those left over wigs
had the short cut hair around the face that POSIE is known to
have. The hard face early issue POSIE also had the short,
rather bubble hair style as well.
to help me understand clearly, I have recently received this information from a
good source of a Doll Book author explaining that the Doll Companies were not worried
about details such as markings when it came to filling large
orders in order to get the money for that order. I can
just imagine that when a doll was very popular there was a
great deal of stress on the factory to meet each demand one
way or the other.
world it is the collector who have no choice than to use the
doll books to make sure they have the doll they need. It
is they who follow the tiny details and more than likely and
most unfortunately may have just possibly passed over a rare
doll on occasion because of the tiny details.
It is very possible
that Cathy actually is the rare IDEAL Ponytail
Saucy Walker 22" Doll. Same Auburn hair, same color of eyes,
her bangs identical to the book's photo below, and the IDEAL disintegrated rubber band once holding the
hair into a ponytail not to mention that her owner telling
us she had a pony tail all the while she had played with her.
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