This sleep eye is unique in that she has molded breasts, celluloid hands and molded legs in the bent position - molded bentknees are connected to the company Keeneye, but this boudoir doll was unmarked as far as I can remember. Her silk dress is shattered, but you can tell she once was a very grand doll.
Speaking of grand, this sleep-eyed boudoir doll was practically brand new looking. None of these dolls can escape age. Being 85+ years old, she was the closest thing to perfection I've seen. Her dress was crisp, and when I got her, her feet were still wrapped in paper. The paper crumbled upon touching them, but her feet, with her painted-on shoes, was in great shape. She has molded bentkneed legs. She still had her original hairnet over her hair and face! Gorgeous doll made by Keeneye!
The doll on the left has one of the prettiest faces on a sleep-eyed doll. She has vibrant face paint too. She wore a pant outfit. The doll on the right has red hair and wears a dress covered in nettin…
This original Lilith doll head is well on its way to becoming the boudoir doll it once was.
Sue created the body, using an original Lilith body as her model.Although, the original hands were not made of cloth, Sue has created a cloth version which she will Gesso and paint to match the original.
This lingerie bag is one of the best ones I've ever owned. This bag can hang so I have her on a wall. She measures 23" long and 15" wide. Her multi- colored turban is similar to the top part of a dress on a French boudoir doll I used to own, shown in the last photo. Makes me wonder if both were made by the same manufacturer.
Black Angel - 1946, starring Dan Duryea, Peter Lorre, June Vincent and Broderick Crawford. There was a combination of happy and sad ending. I had absolutely no sympathy for the murder victim so whoever killed her did everyone a favor, but it was still a good whodunit.
All Through the Night, starring Humphrey Bogart, Kaaren Verne, Peter Lorre, Jackie Gleason, Frank McHugh, Conrad Veidt and Phil Silver - 1942 - this movie surprised me because it's a film with a serious subject, but has a lot of comedy in it, mostly from the main character's side kick. World War II era, enemy spies and a plot to destroy the USA..... sound familiar?
In addition to boudoir dolls, I have a collection of vintage photos of Rudolph Valentino. The photo, above, was taken by Mabel Sykes. The photo, below, was taken in 1925.
On the back of this photo is typed "Rudy Arrives in New York. New York.....photo shows Rudolph Valentino, the erstwhile Sheik of the silver sheet, as he arrived in New York this morning on the Twentieth Century. He has recently been separated from his wife, Winifred Hudnut. 12-7-25" and it's stamped "Nov 14 1925."
First off, I'd LOVE to own a doll like this one! It's Rudolph Valentino in his "The Eagle" costume. The French auction catalog makes it sound like this doll was made by Lenci. I'm not too sure about that.....I always had the impression, this doll was made by another Italian company - Messina-Vat, but, that, too, could be wrong. Another company I've seen attributed to Valentino dolls is LaRosa. It's mentioned the doll is tagged, but didn't say what the tag read. Gives the reader the impression it's a tagged Lenci. Again, not too sure about that. If anyone knows for sure, I'd appreciate the information.
Anyway, there is one error for sure - "The Eagle" was released in 1925, not 1922......but, they're probably correct that the doll is circa 1925.
Karen sent me these photos of a composition/cloth boudoir doll she owns that had been altered by a previous owner from its original condition.
It's one thing to restore and another to reinvent, which is what had unfortunately been done to this doll.
So, Karen went about setting things right - First, she took off "that God-awful braid only to find the original hair under that had been doused with glue." Karen spent some time removing the goop off the doll's head. She also cleaned the doll's face, removing "a layer of yellow scum covering her." It appeared to have been caused by exposure to cigarette smoke. Finally, Karen added an old wig, appropriate to the doll. She plans to make her a silk brocade gown for her one day.
Wow, the doll looks like it once did instead of something out of the 1960's. Great job, Karen!
I watched one of the Mr. Moto series for the first time. Loved it! Here is a YouTube compilation of Mr. Moto films I found that is very cleverly done. I look forward to seeing more Mr. Moto films, starring Peter Lorre.
This all composition "Cubeb" smoker is a boudoir doll collector's dream! Dressed in her original Harem costume, she is a fine example of a film-influenced boudoir doll. In her era, Rudolph Valentino was the big heartthrob, and "The Sheik" and "Son of the Sheik" were all the rage. The ladies of these films, Agnes Ayres and Vilma Banky, both dressed in costumes similar to this doll.
This doll has the molded heel, and you will notice that her slipper has a hole at the heel for it to slip in.
Thank you, Sara, for allowing me to post these photos. She has a shop on Ruby Lane. Check it out!
In previous blog posts, I showed a couple of dolls, one in her original box, marked Betty Lei, that are similar to this all cloth doll. The heads of the other dolls differ and appear French-made, possibly JxB. (Link to previous blog posts)
This particular doll is most likely French as well, and even though there's a remnant of a tag, it does not help us know whether it's Gerb's or other French maker. Like the other two dolls, this doll's body is adorned with Raffia. These dolls remind a lot of collectors of Josephine Baker. Not sure if that was what inspired the dolls' creators, but I can see the connection.
With the help of the box on the other doll, it is evidence that at least that particular doll was made as a souvenir of Hawaii. However, the doll, featured in this blog post, looks more exotic with her arm adornment and large hoop earrings so could represent another ethnicity.
When I was a kid, I did nothing but read Nancy Drew books. I was crazy about her!
So, I spent this weekend watching the 1930's film version, based on the books. I must say, I don't remember Nancy Drew being quite so out of control and wacky, but the movies were hysterical! I recommend all four of them. I rented them from Netflix. They were made in 1938 and 1939.
The embedding was disabled on this YouTube clip so click the photo to view the clip from this fun film "Nancy Drew, Reporter" with Bonita Granville, Frank Thomas, Jr., Dickie Jones, and Mary Lee. This clip starts out with a great song sung by the group, headed up by Mary Lee.
The kids didn't have enough money to pay the restaurant bill so they ended up entertaining the other guests. Dickie Jones does a wonderful Donald Duck imitation, and isn't it interesting that years later, he did the voice of Pinocchio for Disney.