The Mary Hartline Dolls, A Product Of The Early ABC's Super Circus...
...was referred to as "The Pretty Princess Of TV"!
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Mary Hartline Dolls
The vivacious platinum blonde of early ABC TV's Super Circus, Mary Hartline will be remembered long after the program is forgotten because of the beautiful doll bearing her name.
Ideal Toy Corporation issued the Mary Hartline doll circa 1952. Using the hard plastic Toni doll, they changed the personality and image by giving her a long blonde wig with a side part. Marked P-91, the wig and use of eyeshadow help to identify this doll if she is found nude.
When issued, the Mary Hartline Dolls was referred to as "The Pretty Princess of TV". Mary Hartline was printed in white on her cotton dresses.
A heart with a line through it... scripted "Mary" through the center. Musical notes and a Mary Hartline circle the skirt. She wore majorette boots and carried a metal baton that is somewhat larger than what you would expect for her scale of 16".
Her dresses were either red, a blue green or royal blue. In a later version she wears a white dress.
When issued, the Mary Hartline Dolls was referred to as "The Pretty Princess of TV". Mary Hartline was printed in white on her cotton dresses. A heart with a line through it...scripted "Mary" through the center. Musical notes and a Mary Hartline circle the skirt.
She wore majorette boots and carried a metal baton that is somewhat larger than what you would expect for her scale of 16". Her dresses were either red, a blue green or royal blue. In a later version she wears a white dress.
A smaller 7-1/2" Mary Hartline Doll was available in a box with a heart shape cellophane window.
Though it does not have the beautiful face of the larger dolls, this smaller version has the side part Veronica Lake style hair and bright red lipstick.
Painted majorette boots also make it easy to identify her when found nude.
The Canada Dry beverage company released pins of the real Mary hyping their product.
Paperdolls were available in Mary's image as well as many other promotional items.
One paper doll was a mail order premium from Kellogg's. A quarter and box top from Sugar Frosted Flakes or Sugar Smacks entitled you to a heavy cardboard doll with several paper costumes.
The other paper doll was published in 1953 by Whitman Publishing Company. The "authorized edition" has two paper dolls and a book of clothing.
eBay has a rather large set of listings of vintage Mary Hartline dolls for sale, if you are interested in a purchase, or to find values, if looking for values, it is necessary to register with eBay
The vinyl head puppet is not the most attractive, but, is still a very nice accessory.
The Randall McNally Elf book, Super Circus, bears the image of Mary on the cover.
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 Mary Hartline Dolls section of eBay is where you can browse the past 30 days of completed auctions of Mary Hartline dolls and accessories.
On the left side, in the box named "Display", you can selsect "Active Items" to see the "Mary Hartline 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 is a great wedsite for "value" information about dolls, or most anything else for that matter--however, in order to see what something has sold for, registration is required, so if you are looking for past sales of any particular doll, please register
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I have no pictures....only my memories of a time (1951) when I was able to bring laughter to my family at age 7 or 8....I would bring into the living room, …