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Catalog Number 13244-787
Title Tag, Linda Baby
Object Name Tag
Description 18.5" long ribbon with 15 "Linda Baby" tags. These would have been cut into 15 pieces and sewn onto clothing for the Linda Baby doll. The ribbon is white and "Linda Baby" is embroidered in pink.
Year Range from 1952
Year Range to 1958
Material textiles
Made Terri Lee
Length (in) 18.5
Width (in) 0.438
History The Linda Lee doll was sculpted by Brenda Putnam. She was intended to be a baby sister for the Terri Lee doll. She was introduced in 1952. Dolls purchased in 1953 had metal washers held in place by cotter pins placed through tiny grommets. Although the advertisements suggested she would float in water, this caused the metal parts to rust and the entire body to become discolored. Made of "Rose petal vinyl" the oil added to the plastic made it unstable. Over time this plasticizer collected on the surface in globules. Another problem with the doll was that tiny bubbles often formed in the fingers causing them to break off. New molds were made to correct the joint problems and vinyl formulas were altered. The name was changed from Linda Lee to Linda Baby.
Credit line Marilyn McCoy Carney
Collection Carney, Marilyn McCoy