Angel from Plasticbaby

Vintage dolls with marking on the back of “PLASTICBABY” are in every doll collection. Lovers of vintage dolls will not confuse these dolls with others. There are three dolls of this brand in my collection now. I am very happy about that.

                                    Vintage dolls family.

A few facts about the history of the company for fans of these dolls.
The information I found on the website
The company Preh-Werke of Bad Neustadt / Saale was the first who began to produce plastic toys after the war in 1949 and produced them for only one decade, until 1959.

In 1919 Jakob Preh founded the company and until his death, in the 45th the company was engaged in the production of electronic components. In 1945 it would have been killed and production suspended until 1948.
In 1948, the family was able to return the property and the new Director of Walter Preh decided to produce plastic toys.

The first toy products of the company were electrically driven cars. In 1949 it was mentioned in Spiegel.

On the Preh-Werke website very little information-it is said only that in 1949 the company began production of toys from polystyrene, mainly remote-controlled cars and dolls. But their dolls have become so popular with collectors.

The first samples of dolls can be seen on the advertising poster of 1950, the company produced plastic dolls of different types and in different sizes, mainly– 3, 6.5, 8, 9.5, 10.5,14 cm.

Hair the dolls were made in the form of a wig or relief. Like many other manufacturers, these dolls were often dressed in national costumes of the different States of Germany and other countries. The logo was an angel with the inscription “PLASTICBABY” stretched on his side in the wings, like this.
On my three dolls, this brand name is very clearly visible.

                                   Miniature plastic  baby doll 2,5 inches[/caption]

Preh-Werke also produced quite large dolls with sleeping eyes. They were 46 and 56 cm in size.
Thanks to the sources there were these photos, they give the opportunity to see dolls and other toys.
In 1950, the company released this kind of doll. He was called the pups-bather, if you put it in the water and make “swim”, then his hands will turn like a real swimmer). But I haven’t tried)

                                               Frau doll 3,5 inches

This doll now lives in my collection. She has 14 cm – 5 inches.


Dancing Sweetheart Dolls


Dolls are dancing. Didn’t you know about it? Then now I will tell you about them.

Some days ago  I got a very pretty doll. I have never met such pretty faces and therefore decided to find information about the manufacturer and the history of this doll.

These dolls are usually not labeled or their labeling does not tell us anything anymore, today. Some of these dolls are only rarely found at auctions.
They probably live in doll collections or stand on shelves slightly forgotten. Let’s remember them.

Sweetheart as a logo (verbal and picture) was officially registered on October 14, 1971, in DPMA (German Patent and Trademark Office), class 28 (dolls in national costumes, winding (dancing) dolls, mechanical toys).
Dolls and other toys with this logo were produced earlier, it is only the official date of its registration.
Now this company is no longer there. The sign was removed in 2001. The owner of the brand is August Knoch KG. The toy factory Knoch August KG (Knoch August KG Spielwarenfabrik) was located at Wallstr. 2, 96465 Neustadt bei Coburg, Germany, still displays its recognizable logo on the building.

Neustadt bei Coburg is, in fact, one of the largest toy manufacturing centers in Germany and this company is just one of many, far from being the largest and most famous. It was founded in 1923 and existed until the 90s. The founder of the company August Knoch was in charge of the company until his death in 1950, and since then and until 1995 the company was headed by Georg Messner, the husband of his daughter Carla.
Now the company is engaged in the production of garden sculptures, but in the museum of the company, you can see a photo with the history of production.

Since its foundation, Knoch August KG has been producing small souvenir dolls in national costumes (Trachtenpuppen), which were driven by a built-in flywheel mechanism, performing a kind of dance, spinning around its axis. The greatest demand for these dolls was in souvenir shops – they were dressed in various outfits, among other things, in national costumes of different countries and regions.
One of the puppet models was sold in a magnificent wardrobe by Dora Kuhn, where there was also room for a replacement wardrobe.

I guess my doll’s story started in the ’50s. It was at this time that the company began to produce plastic dolls.
I found a lot of pictures of packages and costumes. I hope you will be interested to see this puppet abundance.
Also, my doll has one of the options of attachment and mechanism, simple and ingenious, breastplate with a head cast separately. This apparently made it easy to complete the doll.
At the same time, a characteristic thickening appeared on the dolls’ legs, imitating a sock.

Turns out my doll is the most popular mold. Six inches tall. The doll was dressed as a Black Forest resident. But of course, I changed her into a new dress.

The company, during its work, has a lot of beautiful dolls and toys. And perhaps this doll will not be left alone.


Matryoshka doll is a symbol of Russia!

Why Matryoshka is a symbol of Russia is quite understandable – it is a folk-soul in a charming form and with a lot of content.

Everyone knows the Russian souvenir, the Matryoshka doll. She is considered to be a native Russian resident. She is the one who is trying to bring home foreign tourists as a Russian souvenir or get a gift from Russia. Children play with Matryoshka with pleasure, in many houses she became an interior decoration long ago.

Few people know that Russian Matryoshka has no Russian roots at all. There are many myths about its origin. Most researchers believe that the prototype of the Matryoshka doll was a Japanese deity, whose figure also moved apart and contained smaller parts. This Japanese figure was a bald old man.
The author of our matryoshka doll was a turner Zvezdochkin, and a peasant girl painted by the artist Malyutin. Why was she called Matryoshka?

It is believed that this name comes from the Russian name Matron. In turn, this name has its roots. It came from the Latin Matrona, which means “noble woman”. This is a good name,because really the doll has become truly “noble”.
Very quickly matryoshka became a symbol of Russian folk art. These symbols have instantly spread across Russia. In each province, it was “dressed” according to local traditions. Often, along with the outfit, the doll’s shape was changed – rounded up and then lengthened. Where folk crafts were developed, there were necessarily matryoshkas.

Matryoshka is a symbol of life. A woman gives life to her daughter, who, in turn, will give life to the next being and so on.
Matryoshka symbolizes wealth, fertility, motherhood. That is why it is so loved by the people.

Matryoshka dolls
Traditional folk souvenir includes 7 figures from bigger to smaller size. In a sacred sense, a person has one solid body and six thin ones, which totals seven. In his life, everyone must earn enough layers to be fully prepared for the universe. Why Matryoshka is a symbol of Russia, it is not difficult to guess. It hides in itself ancient commandments of ancestors which help to understand the better soul of the great people.

Sometimes I find time to make Matryoshka dolls. Matryoshka dolls are loved not only souvenir makers. Embroiderers decorate with wonderful Matryoshkas of tablecloths and napkins. My Matryoshka dolls are small brooches. Real Matryoshka dolls do not repeat themselves. This is what makes it possible to fantasize and create beautiful and a little bit magical Matryoshka dolls.