|The Stover Small Dolls book documents this doll.|
Something else I've written about over the years is how doll companies in the early to mid-20th Century sold their molds to other companies or even made dolls for other companies to sell. The most notorious example of this is Cosmopolitan's Ginger doll, but lots of other companies also followed this practice. Fortune Doll Company sometimes used their Pam doll to make souvenir dolls for various places and Virga made their Lucy as a souvenir doll sometimes too. These are not quite the same as Vogue's and Madame Alexander's practice of releasing their Ginny or Wendy dolls dressed in international costumes; these dolls are unmarked and were branded by whichever company was selling the tourist doll. Because of this it can be difficult to identify the doll. This doll was sold as a souvenir by Mapela's at Waikiki in the 1950s. She is a Type #1 Pam doll by the Fortune doll company, and although Fortune did not document this doll there are several indicators of the manufacturer.
|Peg-shaped arm hook|
|T-strap molded shoes|
Fortune's Type #1 Pam doll is virtually identical to Virga's Lucy. Both are 8 inch walker dolls with a Ginny type face mold. You can see which is which by looking at the arm hooks. Pam has a peg-shaped arm hook and Lucy has a C-shaped hook. Both arm hooks are plastic. I got a great idea from another blogger one time, although since then I have been unable to find the post again to give credit: the other blogger said to remember think "Peg for Pam and Lu-C". Type #1 Pam has molded, unpainted T-strap shoes, so that is another way to identify her. Carol Stover's Small Dolls of the 1940's and 1950's book is a really helpful reference when you're trying to identify unmarked dolls. As you can see from the photos above, this doll is in near-mint condition, so she was pretty easy to identify. Just as the Ginny and Wendy dolls made as Native Americans or Hawaiians or other ethnicities are more than the white versions, ethnic Pam and Lucy dolls are quite valuable and difficult to find. This doll would be worth upwards of $100 if she had her box. Since she doesn't and is also missing a hair ornament I have her priced below that.
|Picking the hair|
I have to admit, I can hardly call this a "restoration". Hawaiian Pam is in such good shape I just picked out her wig with a bamboo skewer where it had gotten crushed from her lying on her back. Pam's wig is synthetic mohair but you style it in the same way: rather than brushing it you use a bamboo pick or wooden toothpick and you wash it in cold water rather than using the boil perm method. I cleaned Pam's skin and restrung her arms with elastic cord. The arms were still nice and tight but the rubber band would eventually rot and break so I replaced it with elastic cord. Pam didn't have a flower or headband in her hair, as the dolls shown in the Stover book do, so I made her a headband using vintage materials and got it as close to the original as I could. Then I tagged her with my own signed tag and gave her a hair net, so she's all ready to join your collection or be a perfect gift! You can find her, and many more dolls, in my Etsy and eBay stores.
|The finished doll|
|She wears a cotton bodysuit under her skirt.|
|A spot of old glue on her foot|
|I made the headband from vintage materials.|
|The Lucy face|
Before I listed Pam my youngest and I took her to the beach for her photo shoot so I could get it out of my system. It was a lot of fun and the pictures turned out to be really cute! Besides Hawaiian Pam I have a lot of dolls for sale on Etsy and I have listed a huge number of doll eyes in various sizes and colors and a great many outfits for babies and kids on eBay since I got home. If you haven't checked in a while you will definitely want to see all my new inventory! I am running several different sales on eBay and you can take 10% off any order on Etsy when you use the coupon code BLOGGER at checkout.