MA Little Women 3




Lissy 12" hard plastic dolls replaced the fifteen-inch size in 1957 and were in production through 1965. This set is from 1959. If you go back to an earlier photo where I showed 8" BKW dolls, the Beth and Amy, 6th and 7th from the left are also 1959. Note the variation in fabrics used for their dresses, still using the same style. From 1954 through 1986 both sizes (8" and 14" in 1954-56 and 8" and 12" thereafter) were available dressed in similar costumes. The Lissy Laurie was produced for one year only in 1967. This was the same year that the Nancy Drew face doll in plastic and vinyl was introduced for the girl dolls in the 12" size. The Nancy Drew dolls continued through 1990 when a set was produced exclusively for Sears.   They all have rooted hair. Here is a photo I borrowed: Laurie, Marme, Beth, Amy, Meg and Jo.

The 8" size was in continuous production from 1954 to 1995 with the exception of 1993 when the four sisters were reissued using the 12" Lissy mold for one year only. No Marme or Laurie with this set.

In 1994 there were no Little Women dolls available in the regular Madame Alexander line, but a set made for exclusively for FAO Schwarz was shown in that company's Christmas toy catalog featuring costumes from the newest version of the movie, also released at Christmastime in 1994. These were limited to only 1200 pieces, with sets containing Marme limited to only 500. Left to right: Amy, Beth, Marme, Jo and Meg.

A new set in 1995 featured new costumes and Marme with the Cissette head.   In 1996 only Aunt March and Laurie were available. Left to right: Amy, Laurie, Beth, Jo, Marme and Meg. And after that, there were no 8" in the line until 1999. Instead, the emphasis was on the Alexander Company's Little Women play dolls in a 16" size, probably made to compete with American Girl and Magic Attic dolls.   In 1999 the 8" dolls were re-introduced wearing the same outfits as the 16" size.

The dolls have always been dressed appropriately for the period in long, full skirts, and pantalets underneath. They nearly always wear pinafores or aprons, and Jo appears in red quite often. Costumes show a myriad of changes over the years and sometimes within years.   Some collectors enjoy finding as many variations of their favorite dolls as they can.

We are working to get a copy of a chart Francie developed for this study but it may take awhile; in the meantime you may email her for a copy.