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upon being called by his given name, Alexander. This dates the tagged Baby Dumpling doll to before that year. Baby Dumpling is all composition, jointed at the neck and shoulders only, with molded shoes, blue shorts with big yellow buttons, and a red trimmed shirt and tie. He has an exaggerated grin and oversized ears, just like dear old Dad. The third doll in Knickerbocker’s set is, of course, Blondie herself. For her, the doll firm took an easy route, choosing an existing fully-jointed, all composition girl doll from its line. She has, of course, a blonde mohair wig, painted blue sideglancing eyes and a closed mouth. Unmarked Blondie is nearly impossible to distinguish from countless similar dolls of the period unless she still has her distinctive horseshoe-shaped hangtag. At 11-inches, she is an attractive and nicely scaled companion to Dagwood and Baby Dumpling.. Knickerbocker never produced a composition Cookie doll, but original hang tags suggest the company did market a version of the family dog, Daisy, but the author has never seen such a doll. Blondie, Dagwood and Baby Dumpling are themselves very rare dolls, suggesting that limited numbers of them originally were

Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake played Chic Young’s comic strip characters Blondie and Dagwood.

sold. A mint set, complete with original boxes and tags, would probably sell today for over $2,000. Knickerbocker’s dollmaking days lasted until 1983, when the firm was sold to Hasbro, which continued using the brand name for a few more years, before selling it to performerdollmaker Marie Osmond. Today the name is owned by her Charisma Brands company. Cartoonist Murad “Chic” Young died in 1973, but under the guiding hand of his son, Dean Young, and a series of talented artists, the Blondie comic strip, after 80 years, lives on. And so, too, do Knickerbocker’s classic Blondie, Dagwood and Baby Dumpling dolls.

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