ARI dolls rubber and plastic

I want to go back to the history of the ARI dolls company again. The interest of these cute ARI dolls does not pass with time.

Let’s have a look at the photos from the catalogs that the company produced. But first I would like to show new photos of my dolls.<img src="ari dolls " alt="creativhook collection" />

The company produced a lot of dolls from different materials and the collections include not only well-known rubber dolls.

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A lot of dolls made of spiky plastic and the oldest of ceramics. In molds of these ancient dolls in our time very successfully produce replicas. Modern materials allow new life and history to the most popular dolls.

In this small photo with ARI catalogs, despite the poor quality, you can see how varied the range was then. On one of the avenues, you can read a large inscription “ARI. Advertising ceramics”.

It can be stated unequivocally that the production of ceramic dolls took place earlier than 1946, as the author at that time was already in the Western Zone (but this is the subject for a separate conversation concerning two well-known companies producing dolls at once). On two photo postcards can see ARI ceramic dolls in sets (“beach” and “kitchen”).

Some dolls are rarely found in puppet collections. Perhaps you have them and it would be interesting to learn from you.

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Three plastic dolls (model 1011) – such are found with baby legs, mine – with straight legs. There is a triangular mark on the back and the inscription GERMANY 1011. Height 9cm.
I have this doll in my collection.

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My plastic doll

Another cute creature, 11cm. The doll is made of rubber, the head and body – hollow, the head number 3418, the body – 3388 (under the triangle mark).

I tried to correct the known pages of the ARI dolls catalog a little. Look at the dolls’ images and information. Perhaps you will find exactly your doll in the images.

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I like all my ARI dolls, but the smallest rubber dolls do not leave me indifferent.

Without a doubt, the most popular is 7 cm tall rubber dolls.

You can read the beginning of the history of ARI dolls creation in this article.

Ari dolls, history and a second youth.

German dolls from Thuringia.

german vintage doll

Today I will introduce you to German vintage little dolls. For this we will go to Germany in the 70s of the 20th century. And we will go to Thuringia to VEB Kleinpuppen Lichte. VEB Kleinpuppen, Lichte – plant (national enterprise) “Little Dolls”, the community of Lichte (Thuringia. It is part of the Saalfeld-Rudolstadt district. It is subordinate to the community association Lichtel am Reinstein).

Telling about the German dolls factory “VEB Kleinpuppen Lichte”, I want to draw your attention to this label from the doll box. I met them on the Internet while I was looking for information. There’s very little useful information. The factory produced a lot of toys and dolls, which flew to neighboring countries. Judging by this label, the mill had a separate shop that marked the dolls.

In the 70s, the mill produced dolls with different faces. I can not list them all, because I do not have such detailed information and can only write about those I have.

Literally the other day I was surprised by a little doll and so I couldn’t get past her.

Searching for her lineage didn’t give me any reliable information. I only found out that it was produced by VEB Kleinpuppen Lichte and sold in a box with a LIPU label.

Even a search by that name didn’t do much. So this post is short, but with the images, I found online and my personal photos in the “before and after” style.

This is what the Lipu doll in the package looked like.

Clothes on dolls after nationalization were produced at the mill. That’s why the same babies were released into the world from the conveyor belt. But sometimes it was very nice. Still, they changed their belly buttons afterward.

I dug through all the boxes, drawers and boxes, and couldn’t find the doll. Probably gave it back to somebody.

By the way, the mold of this doll is one of the popular ones. You can find them on many puppet sites. I can notice that dolls marked Lipu, are made of what a special vinyl. As time goes on, it gets darker and redder.

I stumbled across a German site on a photo of such dolls. They seemed to me magical and very beautiful. You can see from the box that they are marked Lipu. The faces are painted very simply. The short haircut is beautifully shaped.

The boy, meanwhile, has changed his clothes and is ready to show himself to you. And at the same time, a new sailor’s outfit.


Lipu markings are also found on such funny girls. They’re called “hooves.” Buying one of these from me is in my plans for next year.

Very cute dolls. I know they’re popular with collectors.

I have already written about small vintage dolls from Germany in my article about the TEBU doll factory. TEBU

But I’d like to find a miracle like this.)

All photos from the German site.

Funny girl, pay attention to her product tag. Such a tag was given to dolls in another doll’s factory.

But there will be one of the next stories about him. In the meantime, thank you, my dear readers. Admit who lives with such dolls and show them.