Googly Dolls

Did you know that Googly Dolls are dolls with big heads and wide eyes?

Dolls creators make dolls with the emotions of people, and we see dolls sad or cheerful, serious or indifferent, arrogant, or cute.
So the emotions of surprise on dolls’ faces are very similar to human ones.
I would like to show you Mischievous dolls.

<img src="googly doll " alt=" googly dolls dress" />The term Googly is thought to have originated from the German words “Guck Augen” which translates to “ogling eyes that move to one side”.  Googly-eyed dolls (also called ‘Googlies’) are a brand of dolls that share similar characteristics – most noticeably being their small statue and large head with wide, googly side-glancing eyes. The smile is generally small and mischievous. The first Googly-eyes dolls were produced in 1912, and all of them were biscuits. Most of Googly dolls were made in 1915-1925.<img src="googly doll " alt="vintage googly dolls" />

Googlie Eye, Googly Eye, Googly Eyed, or Googly Eyes are all doll terms used to describe what the side glancing and sometimes side rolling eyes of these charming dolls are called. The dolls can be found in antique cloth, mask face, bisque or composition heads, painted or sleep eyes, and are even made in hard plastic or vinyl materials.


More recent dolls are made of more common doll makings materials such as celluloid and composition. Modern Anime dolls are considered to be influenced by the Googly-eyed dolls and share many characteristics. Not only Anime but also Blight dolls seem to have become followers of these dolls.<img src="googly doll " alt="vintage googly dolls" />

Many companies have produced Googly-eyed dolls over the years. The original classic design dolls are generally credited to German toy manufacturers; included in these are Armand Marseille, Kammer and Reinhardt, Kestner, and Heubach.

French and American toy companies have also produced the Googly dolls. Known copies of Googlies, such as Campbell Kids, were made by American Character and Horsman. One of the more famous Google-eyed dolls is the Kewpies – considered to be the first Googlies these were produced by Ohrdruf and based on illustrations by Rose-O’Neil of the Ladies’ Home Journal.

Rose’s philosophy was simple – “Do good things with humor. The world needs a laugh or at least a smile”.

The book “History and Art of Googlies” by Anita Ladensak is popular among doll lovers with surprised eyes. She created a beautiful book with almost 324 colorful photos. The book contains a lot of images from leading European masters of dolls with google eyes: Kestner, Gebruder and Ernst Heubach, Armand Marseille, Max Handwerk, Kammer & Reinhardt, Hertel & Schwab, Hermann Steiner, Goebel, all-bisque and many others.<img src="googly doll " alt="vintage googly dolls" />

Collectors wishing to find a more affordable option to begin their collections can start with the later edition Googly-eyed dolls. <img src="googly doll " alt="vintage googly dolls" />

Expensive specimens are not available for ordinary doll lovers. But, who wants to find a more affordable option to start their collection can start with replicas of such dolls.

On my favorite English site, I came across a cute replica of such a doll. The price was very affordable and I could not resist. It is so cute that I believe the words of Rose. She makes me smile and cheer up. Here she is my beautiful girl. 

                                       Introducing new dresses for Googly doll


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Amazing yellow dress for the concert


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Red and only red!

About another porcelain doll you can read here:


Vintage Dolls marked “Made in occupied Japan”.

I live in Russia and have never known about dolls marked “Made in occupied Japan” before. But I have two such dolls in my collection. I learned a lot of interesting things about these dolls.

After the Second World War, Japan was occupied by the United States. The 1945 year, General Douglas MacArthur appointed to lead the occupied zone. He had no idea at all what to do or where to start.


His mission was to revitalize the Japanese economy. Everything that was done in Japan for export to the United States between 17 August 1947 and the end of the Allied occupation on 28 April 1952 was to be marked “Made in occupied Japan”.

I collect dolls and write articles about dolls, let’s take a look at some dolls of that time.


What began as a simple means of identifying Japanese goods for import into the United States has become alpha and omega for a growing number of collectors.


The range of products combined under the heading “Occupied Japan” is striking with its diversity, but most collectors focus on ceramic statues or toys.
Unlike most collectors, these objects tell us almost nothing about their manufacturers.


Instead of embodying Asian cultural traditions, Made in Occupy Japan products imitate popular toys produced in other countries.
By the 1950s, however, they began making original designs that would be sold in the United States.


Most of the toys produced during this time covered the entire spectrum from very simple to very intricate. These toys have now become objects of collection.

The price of dolls marked “Made in occupied Japan” was not high, about 50 cents.
But some products, especially those produced by the end of the occupation, were well manufactured and relatively expensive.

Gene Florence, the author of five books on the subject, says: “It is interesting that they were sold in modest shops for 10 cents and were considered inferior; but … many of these works were true of very high quality.”

Interest in the materials “Occupied Japan” as a collector’s item began in the late 1960s. According to Florence Archambo, President of the Occupied Japan Club, she offered (and still offers) two attractive qualities to collectors: items that are easily identifiable and affordable.


All ceramic dolls have this inscription on their backs.
It is this inscription that determines the age of the dolls.
Most of the dolls are 12 centimeters in size or slightly smaller.
A toy with the original packaging can cost at least 10 percent more than without it.


In the category of ceramic dolls need to pay attention to the faces, they are copied from European originals.


When buying a doll with this labeling, you should take into account some nuances:

  • on metal products, the markings are knocked out, not cut out.

  • Plastics that were not improved until 1952 should be avoided.

  • Pay attention to the inscription “Occupied Japan”. It should not look too “perfect” on porcelain. On fakes, the markings are of poor quality and may disappear when washing. this will never happen on an authentic work.

  • Handle dolls with care and simply brush off the dust, avoiding wet wiping with aggressive cleaning agents.

Most doll collectors believe that ceramic dolls made in the 40s in Japan are very cute. They can be a decoration for any doll collection, especially because the price of an average doll is not very high.

I have two dolls. One of them’s in a red beret and the other’s a pottery baby.

This doll is very popular in dolls collection.

I wore my new baby doll the other day. My baby doll has no markings on its back, but I sure that it was released in Japan in the 1950s. Not all dolls of that time are marked. Her age is indicated by a face that looks a lot like the faces of German Minerva dolls.