|Caroline Kennedy of 1961|
Today's Memorial Day Marathon of doll repair continues with sweet little Caroline Kennedy. I've only ever restored one other of these dolls. They are extremely rare because, in 1962, after Madame Alexander made portrait dolls of Jackie, Caroline, and John John (who was Caroline with a boy's hair cut) and sold them in 1961, the Kennedys objected and production of the dolls was halted. The sculpts were repurposed: John John was briefly used in a Tyrolean outfit, possibly as one of the boys for the large Sound of Music series sold exclusively by certain department stores; Jackie became the face of the Portrait series that used the straight arm Cissy body, replacing the Cissy doll entirely; and Caroline was sold as "Perky Joan" with a trousseau stored in a hat box exclusively by FAO Schwartz.
|The doll had her original string from tags and accessories still attached.|
|The doll after cleaning|
|The Alexander marks on head and back|
|The doll has some marks I couldn't remove.|
Since Caroline is just so darn cute I had to give her a few extras. I found a lot of awesome vintage rubber duckies from Bulgaria, manufactured when it was part of the U.S.S.R., so that seemed perfect for Caroline. She most likely wouldn't have owned the exact one during the cold war, but it has the authentic look for the period. It was decided: Caroline just had to have a rubber ducky for her bath!
|I gave Caroline a vintage rubber ducky.|
|The duck was made in the former U.S.S.R.|
After her bath Caroline is scrubbed clean and bundled in her cozy flannel pajamas. These are factory made from the same period but not tagged. The pants are a bit snug but do fit.
In the morning Caroline gets dressed up in her original outfit. This was made in 1962, just before the doll stopped production and thus is not tagged "Caroline" but just "Madame Alexander". I replaced the elastic on the panties and slip. The heels of the original flocked side-snap shoes are intact.
|The dress is tagged.|
|The dress has an embroidered bodice.|
|The doll has really neat eyes.|