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Effanbee's Dydee Dolls...Every Mothers Delight!!
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Dydee Dolls...Ah, Yes...The Advent of the Drink and Wet Doll
Every mothers delight. Just because the water went in, that does not mean it was expelled at the same rate of speed.
I can remember my own mothers joy when my childhood Dydee Doll, the Betsy Wetsy, withheld fluid until some unexpected moment, usually about the time she was plopped into an adults lap, leaking water on dry clean only fabrics.
With a little luck, they were wearing cotton, and only had to endure the shock of cold, stagnant water.
One of the all time favorite "drink and wet" dolls is the "Dydee doll" baby, hyped as "the almost human doll". Dydee doll or Dy-Dee was given birth by Effanbee Dolls in 1934. They were in production until the 1950's.
eBay has a rather large set of listings of vintage Dy Dee dolls for sale, if you are interested in a purchase, or to find values, click here--(Bad eBay link)
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The earlier Dy-Dees have a hard rubber or composite head with an all rubber body. There is a tube which connects the two functioning extremities to insure proper wetting. Although many Effanbee Dy-Dees can be found with very good "live" rubber bodies, the elements of time and temperature have deteriorated a good number of these dolls. The rubber dries and becomes hard before it just crumbles. These early dolls also had molded hair.
The later versions of Dy-Dee circa 1950's have a hard plastic head and vinyl bodies.
By 1940, the Dydee doll had developed a new function to delight all. The nose now had holes for nostrils. She had also acquired live rubber ears. By 1941, Dy-Dee also was available with a caracul wig. And around 1949, she had tear ducts. More holes to leak water! What more could you possibly desire from "the almost human DyDee doll"?
Information regarding Effanbee Dy-Dee or Dydee dolls can be located in many fine books.
Effanbee, Dolls With the Golden Heart which is out of print.
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Probably the best place to look for present "doll and accessories" value is on the Internet, primarily the auction sites--my favorite is eBay... in the completed Dy Dee Dolls section of eBay you can browse the past 30 days of completed auctions of Dy Dee dolls and accessories. On the left side, in the box named "Display", you can selsect "Active Items" to see the "Dy Dee dolls and accessories" presently up for auction.
Also, if you have a doll or doll accessories you would like to find out about...eBay is the place to start...
in the Dolls and Bears Category, just type in what you have in the search window just under "Dolls & Bears" on the left, and "Shazam", there appears a list of present, up for auction items--in the "Display" box on the left select "Completed Items", a new list will appear, displaying completed items going back for 30 days. (eBay banner)(Google link)
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