Monday, June 23, 2014

Betty the Beautiful Bride Doll

This takes me back to those years when a little girl yearns for the bling of a bride doll. 1950's era. Called a 'grocery store doll' because they were most often sold in the grocery stores, 30 inches tall.
She came with her bouquet, gloves, head dress, undergarment, velvet sash, pearl necklace and dress. Missing are her shoes.
Her veil and dress.
Dress details
Condition of the doll. Vinyl body.
I soaked and swished the dress and accessories in cool water and dish soap. Drip dried. Color didn't lighten much but the silver threads sparkle. Washed the doll's body which helped a bit. Redressed. Did not attempt to iron the dress.

Who made her?
A link to Kovels with a clear description. (made by Deluxe Premium Corp. in Newark, New Jersey, in 1957).

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  1. Great improvement. So nice to bring something a bit shabby back to clean. Cheers!

  2. I have never heard of a "grocery store" doll.

    Your post makes me want to visit my sister and go through our mother's doll collection together.

  3. Every little girl had to have a Bride doll. I am so sorry that I don't have more of my dolls from my childhood than I do. But, with three younger sisters, by the time it made it to the fourth, it was pretty worn out.

    Loved this post. Enjoy your bride.


  4. Beautiful doll Joy and great condition for the age.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  5. I was so surprised to see your doll!
    I received a very similar doll for Christmas in the 50's.
    I still have her, but her hair got so shabby I recovered it with a red wig.
    She is so precious to me, of course!

  6. Hi Joy, I am visiting from Judy's blog at 20 North Ora:) Love your beautiful doll all dressed up and SO pretty! Have a blessed day, HUGS!

  7. Hi Joy, Judy sent me over to visit. I love how well you cleaned the bride doll up and didn't hurt a thing. I could only imagine getting a doll like her. My last doll was what my folks could afford....6 months later I gave it away to someone I thought was poorer than me. LOL. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  8. Ohhhhh, she's darling. Nice job. Susan p.s. Heard about your blog on Judy's blog!

  9. Hi Joy, I am visiting from Judy's blog and so enjoyed my time spent here on your lovely blog. The vintage doll is a darling and I had one very similar growing up in the 60's. You did a beautiful job of cleaning and giving her a new life. What a memory this is for me. Thank you for sharing.
    I am your newest follower!
    Hugs from Texas!

  10. Hi Joy, I'm another that's visiting from Judy's blog. Nice to meet you! I have never seen one of those bride dolls. Amazing to think they were sold in grocery stores.

  11. Loved the doll and your " dress fixing!"
    I have a couple of similar dolls someone gave me in the early sixties. I think they are Shirley Temple dolls. They are vinyl too . . .i need to make a trip to the attic and dig them out . . ,I will wait until the current heat/temperature surge passes though!

  12. Hi,
    I am visiting from Judy's blog. It is nice to meet you. Your doll is amazing!! Thank you for sharing. And I am looking forward to reading more.
    Carla from The River
    xx oo

  13. Hi Joy, this is wonderful!!! I love all amazing details! Thanks for sharing!
    Hope you have a wonderful day!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  14. So, so pretty, I just love her little gloves!

  15. I love this! Pinned. Thanks for being a part of our party. We are always thrilled to have you. Please stop by tonight at 7 pm and party with us. It's a thrill to have you!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  16. This was really an interesting topic and I kinda agree with what you have mentioned here!

  17. this also comes with a Bing Crosby Phonograph of the song "Because", it also has an instruction manual -blue booklet- and a stained glass window.

  18. Hi Joy! I have this doll. It was mine as a little girl. My granddaughters discovered her and would like to have her. The dress netting has deteriorating but I am going to repair it. I am so happy to know her name is Betty! I have one glove and her shoes but not her crown. Her underslips and "girdle" are amazing. Thanks for the information! Amanda


Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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